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Nur Ana Wijayanti
Home country: Indonesia
*Ms. Wijayanti graduated the LLM in Global Legal Practice and received a Certificate in Intellectual Property Law in September 2022.

How did you find out about the LLM program, and what attracted you to pursue it?

As a trademark examiner, I have to write a paper every year and attend seminars on intellectual property law. While I was compiling my essay, I came across a journal created by Professor Takenaka, and I was very interested. At that time, I found out she was a Professor at Keio University, thus increasing my interest in Keio University. My office, DGIP (Indonesian Intellectual Property Office), also often receives seminars or training from the Japan Patent Office and JETRO; therefore I believe that intellectual property in Japan has advanced. Thus, to improve my knowledge and skills, I was interested in continuing my studies at the master's level in Japan and chose Keio University.


Please tell us about your most memorable class, along with the reason why.

The class that impressed me the most was the intensive Intellectual Property Case Law and Enforcement class taught by Professor Takenaka. In the class, many discussions were held, and there were also participants from the IP High Court, JPO, and lawyers. Then all courses on Intellectual Property were also very memorable for me, such as the Global Intellectual Property Management class, Intellectual Property from a Global Perspective, and Comparative Japanese IP Case Law. The courses covered the latest IP developments not only in Japan but also covered UPC developments in Germany as well as leading cases in CAFC US. Then, the Space Law Moot Court course taught by Professor Aoki and Professor Tao was also very memorable for me because we practiced moot court and had a very interesting case. I also like the intensive ADR seminar class taught by Professor Miyatake, because it provides material on ADR from various countries, including the US, through Professor Janet. I also like the Law, Culture and Development in Asia Class by Professor Matsuo because it discusses legal developments in various countries in Asia and the Comparative Constitutional Law Class by Professor Litt because it compares the constitutions of various countries.


What do you enjoy about life at Keio?

I could only arrive in Japan in March 2022 due to the border closing, so for the fall 2021 semester, I followed online. Fortunately, even though the class was conducted online, I could go through the lectures well. I could also access virtual libraries and various online resources, although there were limitations compared to attending in person. The entire staff at the university was also very responsive and helpful. Spring 2022 was conducted with a hybrid class, and I mostly attended in person. The classes are very interesting because there can be a lot of discussions, and sometimes group work is needed where we can exchange ideas and share experiences. At the end of Friday or Saturday, I went out to eat with some Keio students. We also rode the Tokyo tour bus, and I could meet friends from various countries such as Japan, China, Lao PDR, Vietnam, Germany, and other European countries. We also visited a friend's house and had a nice time.


What are your plans after you finish your studies at Keio? What do you think you will take with you from this experience?

I am very grateful for the opportunity to continue my studies at Keio Law School. Now I have added knowledge not only in intellectual property but also in comparative law and legal developments in several countries. I hope to be able to apply the knowledge I have learned and be able to join an institution to teach. I also hope to be able to develop my career at my current institution, the Indonesian Intellectual Property Office. In the future, I also hope to continue my doctoral degree in Japan, the United States, or in Indonesia.


Any advice for prospective LLM students? How would you recommend the Keio LLM program to the students?

To future LLM students, enjoy your study period at Keio Law School. Don't be afraid to be involved in the class and ask the lecturers a lot of questions because the professors will be happy to share their knowledge and experiences with us. We must make good use of this opportunity and take things that will be useful for our future career development. Keio Law School also provides internship opportunities for interested students. I suggest that this opportunity can also be used for students who are interested in having a career in that place or in an international institution.


(This interview is from September 2022.)

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