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Japan-ASEAN IP Cooperation Programs Enhanced

Outcomes of the Ninth Japan-ASEAN Heads of Intellectual Property Offices Meeting

August 7, 2019

On August 6, 2019, the Japan Patent Office (JPO) held the Ninth Japan-ASEAN Heads of Intellectual Property Offices Meeting in Tokyo. The meeting adopted the Japan-ASEAN Joint Statement for Intellectual Property 2019 and agreed on the FY2019 Japan-ASEAN Action Plan on Intellectual Property Cooperation.

Additionally, on August 7, 2019, they held the ASEAN Intellectual Property Offices Symposium 2019.

1. Background

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Member States have been advancing efforts for improving the intellectual property (IP) environment, as seen in their formulation of the ASEAN Intellectual Property Rights Action Plan 2016-2025 under the framework of the ASEAN Working Group on Intellectual Property Cooperation (AWGIPC).

Since 2012, the JPO and IP offices in ASEAN Member States have been regularly holding Japan-ASEAN Heads of Intellectual Property Offices Meetings and establishing close cooperative ties.

The Ninth Japan-ASEAN Heads of Intellectual Property Offices Meeting was held in Tokyo on August 6, 2019, aiming to further advance Japan-ASEAN IP cooperation.

2. Summary of the outcomes

Adoption of the Japan-ASEAN Joint Statement for Intellectual Property

The JPO and IP offices in ASEAN Member States adopted a Japan-ASEAN Joint Statement for Intellectual Property. This adoption is expected to facilitate the consolidation of the cooperation framework for development of patent examination manuals in the field of emerging technologies; and the establishment of another cooperation framework for addressing translation issues that may arise in the patent application process; while maintaining the conventional cooperation.

Agreement on the FY2019 Japan-ASEAN IP Rights Action Plan

At the Ninth Japan-ASEAN Heads of Intellectual Property Offices Meeting, based on the details of the Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) on Industrial Property concluded in 2012, the two sides agreed on the following plans, under which they will continue the existing Japan-ASEAN cooperation in parallel with the launch of new cooperation efforts:

3. Convening of the ASEAN Intellectual Property Offices Symposium 2019

A symposium was held in Tokyo aimed at sharing information with users in Japan on the latest IP systems and measures in ASEAN Member States.

At the beginning of the symposium, Mr. Akira Matsunaga, Commissioner of the JPO, made a speech and stressed the importance of ASEAN markets. Following this, 12 representatives of ASEAN Member States, including commissioners of IP offices, made speeches focusing on the subjects of “the Fourth Industrial Revolution and Patents,” “Start-Ups and IP Policies,” and “Providing Information and Public Awareness on IP” and participants held discussions on each of these subjects.

Division in Charge

International Policy Division, Policy Planning and Coordination Department, Japan Patent Office