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The Japan Patent OfficeThe JPO to Hold the ASEAN IPOs Symposium 2015

In May 2015, the Japan Patent Office (JPO) will hold the ASEAN IPOs Symposium 2015 in Nara City, Nara Prefecture. The symposium will be held taking the opportunity of Director Generals’ visit from ASEAN 10 intellectual property (IP) Offices to Japan for attending the 5th JAPAN-ASEAN Heads of IP Offices Meeting. At the symposium, the Director Generals will introduce the current situation of IP systems in their countries as well as their latest initiatives concerning the protection of IP rights.

1. Background

The export amount from Japan to ASEAN countries is the third largest, following that from the U.S. and China.* In FY 2013, the increasing number of foreign subsidiaries of Japanese companies in ASEAN-5, namely, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines, surpassed the number of those in China.** Such facts show that the ASEAN countries have great potential as a region in which Japanese companies will further develop their business activities.

On the other hand, it is an urgent task to improve and strengthen IP systems in the region from the viewpoint of creating a better investment environment in the ASEAN countries, for example, the amount of damage to Japanese companies caused by counterfeits overseas has recently increased in ASEAN-6, namely, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Viet Nam, and the Philippines.***

Under these circumstances, the ASEAN countries have been advancing initiatives for the improvement of an environment in which IP rights are protected based on the ASEAN IPR Action Plan 2011-2015,**** as one of the efforts for achieving a goal of regional economic integration, called the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC).

2. Outline of the symposium

May 26 (Tue.), 2015, from 13:30 to 17:30 (reception will open at 12:30)
Noh Theater, Nara Prefectural New Public Hall (101, Kasuganocho, Nara City)
Japanese and English; Simultaneous translation will be available between Japanese and English.
About 300
Participation fee:
Free of charge
Note: If you wish to attend the symposium, please register in advance via the following official website.
Nara Prefecture
Official website: External Site Link (in Japanese)
Note: Information on the symposium, e.g., details of the program, will be updated from time to time.
Reference: The 5th JAPAN-ASEAN Heads of IP Offices Meeting
The JAPAN-ASEAN Heads of IP Offices Meeting was established in 2012 as an opportunity for high-level dialogues between the JPO and IP offices in the ASEAN countries, aiming to cooperate in initiatives for developing the environment in which IP rights are protected in the ASEAN region. The meeting is an annual meeting, and has been held alternately in Japan and an ASEAN country.
The JPO will hold the 5th meeting in Nara City on May 25, 2015. At the meeting, participants will compile an ideal approach to the Japan-ASEAN IP cooperation with a view to a new ASEAN IPR Action Plan for the next term, beginning in 2016.

Data sources:
*1: Trade Statistics of Japan 2014 compiled by the Ministry of Finance
**2: Results of the 26th Questionnaire Survey on Foreign Direct Investment in FY2014 compiled by Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC)
***3: FY2014 Survey Report on Losses Caused by Counterfeiting compiled by the JPO
( External Site Link (in Japanese))
****4: ASEAN IPR Action Plan 2011-2015
( External Site Link)

Release date

March 16, 2015

Divisions in charge

International Policy Division, Policy Planning and Coordination Department, JPO

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