May 23, 2023
WIPO Japan Office is launching a new competition to raise awareness of intellectual property (IP) in everyday life. The winning presentations will be published on WIPO’s platforms and promoted internationally.
This competition is your chance to share your innovative or/and creative outputs for the global challenges to international public. Your task is to film a Show and Tell / presentation that tells your stories and thoughts on “the Greatness of Innovation and Creativity” in either English or Japanese language. Presentation needs to take the form of “Show and Tell*”, covering the topic of your choosing and links to intellectual property. It also needs to include your thoughts on innovation and creativity. You may introduce your innovation, or present products, activities and/or particular organizations or individuals that address global issues.
You can give a presentation in your most comfortable way such as showing an actual product, using presentation slides, or speaking about intangible concept.
Shortlisted presenters will be invited to an in-person presentation contest to be held on 28 September, 2023. Please give a presentation under the same theme as your submitted video. Winning presentations will be widely promoted on WIPO global platforms to raise awareness about IP system, especially in developing countries, after translated to various languages.
Winning presentations will be rigorously selected by a panel of Japanese and international judges of experts in IP, education and communication fields.
This project is supported by the Funds-In-Trust Japan Industrial Property Global (FIT) from the Japan Patent Office.
It is an educational method used mainly for the purpose of language acquisition for primary and junior education. It is also known as “Show and Share” or “Sharing Time”. Students will present a product or a concept that relates to their own by introducing their personal stories and episode in front of their peers. The peers are encouraged to actively raise questions in order to help both presenters and themselves to better understand about the topic in question. The topics can be chosen from wide ranging areas such as objects, experiences and concepts of significance to them.
In this competition, you are highly encouraged to present your stories on innovation and creativity by presenting anything that helps you to deliver your thoughts to the audience. It is also accepted to bring nothing, but to speak about the intangible.
The competition is open to all interested individuals who have the student status in Japanese education system (i.e. primary, junior high and high school and university), regardless of their nationalities and age. (Those who are enrolled in national institute of technology, the application will be categorized under high school entry for grades 3 and below, and university entry for grades 4 and 5)
If you are below the legal age in Japan, you will need consent from a parent or legal guardian permitting you to enter the competition with your entry.
You are not allowed to participate with group of people.
The closing date is 31 August 2023, 23:59 JST.
Shortlists will be announced around 11 September 2023.
The in-person presentation contest will take place in Tokyo in the afternoon on 28 September 2023. (Online participation will be allowed for those who are unable to travel.)
The announcement of the winners will be made at the contest site, followed by public announcement and international promotion.
Prizes will be given to eight winners. Two expected awards (Gold and Silver) will be given to two winners from each education level (i.e. primary, junior high and high school and university) .
They will each receive a certificate of commendation and a prize such as mirror-less camera and book gift cards.
Project Manager, EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation
Luca Escoffier has co-founded several startups in Europe and Japan and published on IP matters extensively. Nowadays, he is primarily running the EU-Japan Technology Transfer and Space.Japan Helpdesks for the EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation in Tokyo. Luca is the go-to person to know trends about the adoption of next-generation technologies.
Associate General Counsel, Head of Enforcement & Analytics, in Patents, Licensing & Open Source, Meta Platforms Inc.
Christine Foo is Associate General Counsel, and Head of Enforcement and Analytics for the Patents, Licensing, and Open Source team at Meta Platforms, Inc. She has held multiple roles at the company, including setting strategy for Meta’s patent portfolios in the AI, blockchain, and payments spaces, and counseling clients to help them navigate IP issues and mitigate IP risk. Prior to joining Meta, Christine’s practice focused primarily on patent litigation at law firms in NYC and Silicon Valley.
PR Director at Public Relations Office, Japan Patent Office
Ms. Fuji is Director of the Public Relations Office, at policy planning and coordination department, general coordination division. She Joined Japan Patent Office in 2002, and served at Patent and Design Examination Department, in charge of Construction. She worked in the Policy Planning and Coordination Department Policy Planning and Research Division, etc. from 2006, and then served as administrative judge of the 5th Board of Trial and Appeal. She, later, worked as Associate Managing Examiner of the Patent and Design Examination Department, specializing Business Machinery.
Manager, Trademark and Copyright Team, Legal & IP Department, BANDAI CO., LTD. / BANDAI SPIRITS CO., LTD.
Mr. Fujii is a Manager at Trademark and Copyright Team, Legal & IP Department both in Bandai Co., Ltd. since 2017 and Bandai Spirits Co., Ltd. since 2020. He is mainly in charge of formulation and implementation of IP strategies regarding international trademark as well as copyright. Joined Bandai Co., LTD in 1999, and after working as a sales representative for GASHAPON, from 2002 began working in intellectual property work, including trademark rights and anti-counterfeiting. He also serves as a vice chair of Trademark committee at Japan Intellectual Property Association (JIPA). He compiles and disseminates opinions on the global trademark system from the user's point of view.
Director, Dentsu Creative X (Creative Department, Direction Group)
Mr.Mizuochi joined the TVC production department in Dentsu Tech, currently known as Dentsu Creative X, in 1997. Ever since 2003, he works as the TVC Director. His primary roles involve directing TVC, theatrical release films, short films, music videos, etc. His strength lies in making food look appealing and directing dramatic scenes.
Senior Director, Motion Picture Association Japan
Mr. Murakami joined Motion Picture Association of America, Japan branch office (now Motion Picture Association Japan) in 1988, and served as Director of Anti-piracy Department and Director of Public Relations Department before assuming his current position. He is a member of the Academy Awards Society of Japan, Japan Copyright Law Association and Intellectual Property Association of Japan.
Founding Partner (CEO), IPX patent partners
He co-founded IPX patent partners after working in the intellectual property department of a large corporation and at a patent firm,. He received the Encouragement Prize in the 1st "IP BASE AWARD" [IP Professionals Division] in 2020. In the same year, he authored the book "Commentary on the Reiwa 1st Year Amended Design Law and Introduction of Practical Techniques for Newly Protected Designs," published by the Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry. He co-runs the top intellectual property-focused YouTube channel in Japan which is live-streamed every Thursday.
History Department Chair & Teacher of History, Journalism & Media Studies, Pacific Ridge School, Carlsbad, CA, USA
Kieran Ridge is the chair of the History Department at Pacific Ridge School in Carlsbad, California. In Japan he worked for Enterprise Training Group, training managers and staff at Amazon Japan on global communication skills for business. He has organized many public events in the USA, South Korea and Australia with leaders in business, innovation, government, sports and culture, including US congressmen, Oscar-winning filmmakers, technology innovators, sports champions and bestselling authors.
President, SAKAMOTO & PARTNERS
He is a President at SAKAMOTO & PARTNERS, which he founded in 2006. He also served as vice president of Japan Patent Attorneys Association (JPAA) in 2018, and currently serves as Director of Intellectual Property Association of Japan from 2020.
He also serves as Vice President of Intellectual Property Association of Japan from 2023.
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