55th Meeting of the ASEAN Working Group on Intellectual Property Cooperation (AWGIPC) and Related Meetings in Brunei Darussalam
The 55th Meeting of the ASEAN Working Group on Intellectual Property Cooperation (AWGIPC) and Related Meetings convened yesterday on 26th March 2018 at the International Convention Centre, Berakas. The meeting that was organized by the Energy and Industry Department. Delegates from the ten ASEAN Member States and officials representing their respective Intellectual Property Offices attended the meeting. The meeting was officially opened by Yang Mulia Pengiran Jamra Weira Bin Pengiran Haji Petra, Acting Permanent Secretary (Energy and Industry) at the Energy and Industry Department.
The 55th Meeting of the AWGIPC aims to discuss and address intellectual property issues and to exchange views and updates on ASEAN priorities on intellectual property for 2018 and the implementation of the AWGIPC IP Rights Action Plan within ASEAN Member States. The 55th AWGIPC meeting is also participated by various Dialogue Partners, namely the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO), the Japan Patent Office (JPO) and the State Intellectual Property Office of the People's Republic of China.
Yang Mulia Pengiran Jamra Weira Bin Pengiran Haji Petra, in his opening speech, highlighted the current progressive efforts on Intellectual Property in Brunei Darussalam and the ASEAN region as a result of the AWGIPC and encouraged for greater innovation and awareness on the importance of protecting Intellectual Property Rights. He also emphasized on the direction given by His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Negara Brunei Darussalam for Brunei Darussalam to step up and encourage the public and private sectors to enhance innovation and creativity in the nation and emphasised on the importance of stronger cooperation to promote innovation and the digital economy as key strategies to spur economic growth in line with the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) and ASEAN Community Vision 2025.
Established in 1996, the AWGIPC is the sectoral group responsible for Intellectual Property issues in the region, pursuant to the ASEAN Framework Agreement on Intellectual Property Cooperation signed by ASEAN Member States in 1995. The current work of the AWGIPC is based on the ASEAN Intellectual Property Rights Action Plan 2016-2025 which targets to transform ASEAN into an innovative and competitive region through the use of Intellectual Property for their nationals and ensuring that the region remains an active player in the international Intellectual Property community.
The 10th Meeting of the Committee on Intellectual Property of the ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Agreement (AANZFTA) will also be held back-to-back with the 55th Meeting of the AWGIPC. The 10th AANZFTA IP Committee Meeting will discuss and exchange information and key outcomes and decisions of the AANZFTA Free Trade Agreement Joint Committee. The AANZFTA IP Committee is currently looking at an Economic Cooperation Work Programme Component Implementation Plan and Project Proposals for Intellectual Property for Post-2015, covering training and capacity building for various forms of Intellectual Property amongst the AANZFTA parties.
Protection of Intellectual Property in Brunei Darussalam is under the purview of the Brunei Darussalam Intellectual Property Office (BruIPO), Energy and Industry Department located at the Design & Technology Building in the Anggerek Desa Technology Park. At present, the BruIPO is responsible for the registrations and renewal processes of Patents, Trademarks, Industrial Designs, and Plant Varieties Protection (PVP) whereas the administration of Copyrights is under the purview of the Attorney General's Chambers.