Launched in 2009, the ASPEC Programme provides for the sharing of search and examination results amongst the participating ASEAN Offices. This would reduce duplication on the search and examination work, thereby facilitating applicants in obtaining corresponding patents faster and more efficiently.
ASEAN IP Portal
The ASEAN IP Portal (www.aseanip.org
) was launched by Thailand in April 2013, in conjunction with World IP Day 2013. Comprising information on ASEAN IP systems, comparative IP-related data, and web links to ASEAN IP Offices, stakeholders of ASEAN Member States can now obtain IP information for the entire ASEAN region via a consolidated platform. This ‘one-stop’ portal facilitates information flow within the region's IP knowledge network and enables stakeholders to access relevant information such as notices and procedures in a more efficient manner. The portal is currently hosted and managed by Singapore, who will be introducing new features to enhance the portal over time.
EU-ASEAN Project on the Protection of Intellectual Property Rights (ECAP III)
The overall objective of ECAP III Phase II is "to further integrate ASEAN countries into the global economy and world trading system to promote economic growth and reduce poverty in the region". The specific objective is "to support ASEAN regional integration and further upgrade and harmonize the systems for IP creation, protection, administration and enforcement in the ASEAN region, in line with international IP standards and with the ASEAN IPR Action Plan 2011-2015". The project will contribute to the following strategic goals identified by ASEAN in their Action Plan:
- Strengthen the institutional capacity for IP administration and enforcement in the ASEAN region
- Develop the legal and policy frameworks enabling the ASEAN countries to effectively participate in global protection systems for IP
- Promote the use of IP by the productive sector in the ASEAN countries as a tool for development
- Enhance IP institution building and integration in the ASEAN region through intensified collaboration among the ASEAN Members States and with the ASEAN Secretariat
For more information on the activities under ECAP III Phase II, click
Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT)
The PCT is an international treaty administered by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). Through the PCT system, it is possible to seek patent protection for an invention simultaneously in a large number of countries by filing a single "international" patent application instead of filing several separate national or regional patent applications. The granting of patents remains under the control of the national or regional patent Offices in what is called the "national phase".
Further information on filing via the PCT route can be found at: http://www.wipo.int/pct/en/
The Hague Agreement is an international registration system which offers the possibility of obtaining protection for industrial designs in a number of States and/or intergovernmental organizations (both referred to as "Contracting Parties") by means of a single international application filed with the International Bureau of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).
Thus, under the Hague Agreement, a single international application replaces a whole series of applications which, otherwise, should have been effected with different national (or regional) Offices.
Further information on filing via the Hague route can be found at: http://www.wipo.int/hague/en/