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Results of the First ASEAN-JAPAN Heads of Intellectual Property Offices Meeting held in Tokyo

The Japan Patent Office (JPO) and the Intellectual Property Offices of the Member States of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) (hereinafter referred to as the "Partners") held the First Heads of Intellectual Property Offices (IPOs) Meeting on February 8, 2012, in Tokyo.

Under the leadership of Japan, the Partners confirmed that strengthening the protection of intellectual property rights is essential to the continued economic growth of ASEAN and that Japan would cooperate in this endeavor, and adopted the "Tokyo IP Statement."

In accordance with this Statement, the JPO will set specific actions and cooperate with ASEAN countries on facilitation of their accession to treaties, improvement of their examination and administrative capabilities and their awareness-raising activities. To ensure that this cooperation meets the needs of ASEAN, the Heads of IPOs Meeting will be held on a regular basis.

The JPO will effectively use the framework for dialogue with ASEAN IPOs in the hope of facilitating Japanese companies' operations in ASEAN.

1. Background

ASEAN countries have been showing remarkable economic growth in recent years and are expected to accelerate innovation in the course of economic growth. It is also forecast that increased national income as a result of economic growth will enhance the needs for high-quality, high-value-added products and services and expand demand for superior designs and brands. To foster the creation, protection and utilization of innovations, designs and brands, these countries should develop an environment where intellectual property is effectively protected. Meanwhile, ASEAN is seeking to build a community aimed at liberalizing intraregional economic activities in 2015. It is highly likely that the ASEAN region will become an economic area of great importance for Japan. The systems concerning industrial property rights and their implementation need to be improved in ASEAN countries so that Japanese companies can properly protect their R&D results, designs and brands and smoothly conduct business there.

2. Major attendees*

Seishu Makino, Senior Vice Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry (opening remarks)
Yoshiyuki Iwai, Commissioner, Japan Patent Office
Senior officials from ASEAN IP IPOs
ASEAN Secretariat executives

3. Summary of the meeting

Summary of the meeting

Front row: (From left), Director San (Cambodia), Registries Head Hayati (Brunei), Commissioner Iwai, Senior Vice Minister Makino, Division Head Thitapha (ASEAN Secretariat), Division Head Dung (Vietnam), Director General Pajchima (Thailand)

Back row: (From left) Director Vibol (Cambodia), Director General Ramli (Indonesia), Director Makha (Laos), Director General Azizan (Malaysia), Deputy Director Thida (Myanmar), Director General Blancaflor (Philippines), Director General Tan (Singapore)

Under the proposal of the JPO, the heads of IPOs intensively exchanged views on future cooperative relations in the IP field. The Partners confirmed that strengthening the protection of IP rights is essential to the continued economic growth of ASEAN and that Japan would cooperate in this endeavor, and adopted the "Tokyo IP Statement."

In this Tokyo IP Statement, the Partners affirmed that the following issues would lead to mutual benefit for Japan and ASEAN and agreed on them.

  • Japan and ASEAN will strengthen cooperation for their mutual prosperity
  • The industrial property system is important in facilitating trade and investment as well as in fostering innovation and technology transfer to achieve sustainable economic development.
  • Cooperation between Japan and ASEAN is beneficial for the implementation of the ASEAN Intellectual Property Rights Action Plan 2011-2015.
  • The Partners will conduct needs-based cooperative activities based on continuous dialogue, directly or through concerned institutions such as the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), taking into account the diverse needs and varying economic levels of the Partners.
  • The Second Heads of IPOs Meeting will be held in July 2012 in Singapore.

In accordance with the results of the Meeting, the JPO will take specific action to cooperate with ASEAN countries on facilitation of their accession to treaties, improvement of their examination and administrative capabilities, and their awareness raising activities. To ensure that this cooperation meets the needs of ASEAN, the Heads of IPOs Meeting will be held on a regular basis. The JPO will effectively use the framework for dialogue with ASEAN IPOs in the hope of facilitating Japanese companies' operations in ASEAN.

*Major attendees from ASEAN countries

Brunei:
Ms. Datin Hayati Salleh, Head of Registries, Attorney General Chamber
Cambodia:
Mr. Var Roth San, Director, Department of Intellectual Property Rights, Ministry of Commerce
Indonesia:
Prof. Ahmad Mujahid Ramli, Director General, Directorate General of Intellectual Property
Laos:
Mr. Makha Chanthala, Director, Intellectual Property Division, Intellectual Property, Standardization and Metrology Department, National Science and Technology Authority
Malaysia:
Mr. Azizan Mohamad Sidin, Director General, Intellectual Property Corporation of Malaysia
Myanmar:
Dr. Thida Khaing, Deputy Director, IP Section, Ministry of Science and Technology
Philippines:
Mr. Ricardo R. Blancaflor, Director General, Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines
Singapore:
BG. Tan Yih San, Director General, Intellectual Property Office of Singapore
Thailand:
Mrs. Pajchima Thanasanti, Director General, Department of Intellectual Property
Vietnam:
Mr. Nguyen Duc Dung, Head of Int'l Cooperation Division, National Office of Intellectual Property of Viet Nam

Release Date

February 8, 2012

Division in Charge

International Affairs Division, General Affairs Department, Japan Patent Office

 
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