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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.​


The ASEAN IP Portal ( 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.


The European Union (EU) and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) have been dialogue partners since 1977. This bond between the EU and ASEAN has grown stronger and closer over the past 40 years and has paved the way for renewed engagements.

The two regions share close trade relationships. This is based on the fact that the EU is ASEANs second largest trade partner while ASEAN is the EUs third largest trade partner which makes economic and trade relations between the two regions of great interest and importance. The EU wishes to continue sharing its immense experience and success in economic integration, the establishment of a single market and the removal of technical, legal and administrative barriers to trade with ASEAN through, among others, technical support programmes.

One such technical support previously provided by the EU to ASEAN between 2013 to 2016 in trade facilitation in the region was the ASEAN Regional Integration Support from the European Union (ARISE). The project included three components i) high level capacity building ii) support to the realization of the single market for goods and iii) ASEAN Secretariat capacity building and was funded by a global EU contribution of 22 million. Acting on the encouraging feedback from ASEAN and building on the accomplishments of ARISE, the EU has decided to continue its support in trade facilitation to ASEAN through ARISE Plus.

ARISE Plus (2017 to 2022) has been designed to further extend the EUs commitment in supporting the ASEAN region in trade facilitation. ARISE Plus builds on the efforts and success of ARISE. ARISE Plus is guided by its 4 main components i) trade facilitation and transparency ii) standards and conformity assessment in particular healthcare and agro-based products iii) customs, transport and ACTS and iv) ASEAN economic integration monitoring and statistics. The technical assistance extended by ARISE Plus and its built-in demand driven feature will further support greater economic integration in ASEAN through the implementation of the ASEAN Economic Community Blueprint (AECB) 2025 and strengthen the institutional capacity of the ASEAN Secretariat and its sectoral bodies.

ARISE Plus for the next four years will continue to strengthen the bond between EU and ASEAN through trade related technical assistance provided to the region and will indirectly contribute to the desire and collective will of a sustained economic growth of the ASEAN charter.

​For more information on ARISE+, click here

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:

Hague Agreement

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:

Madrid Protocol

The Madrid Protocol is an international registration system which offers a convenient and cost-effective solution for registering and managing trademarks worldwide. File a single application and pay one set of fees to apply for protection in up to 122 countries. Modify, renew or expand your global trademark portfolio through one centralized system.

Further information on filing via the Madrid Protocol can be found at: