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Japan Sponsors Program to Train Asian Customs Officials in IP Rights

Law360 (October 22, 2003, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Japan's Ministry of Finance is launching a program to educate customs workers from nine other Asian countries, including China on intellectual property rights, the Nihon Keizai Shimbun reported.

The program will focus on the economic effects and impacts of trademark and copyright protection, as well as the necessary legal framework to enforce such rights, according to the Nihon Keizai Shimbun.

Organized by the Japan Tariff Association, the development assistance initiative has enrolled 18 customs employees from China, Thailand, Vietnam and the Philippines, among others.

Many Asian...
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