World Intellectual Property Organization

Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific

The Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific is responsible for provision of legal and technical assistance to 38 countries, including 25 developing countries and 13 LDCs, in the Asia Pacific region. This assistance is provided in cooperation with relevant sectors in WIPO.

The Bureau also administers a number of Funds-in-Trust arrangements.

Contact us


  • Director: Andrew Michael Ong (photo on Flickr)
  • Program 9: Africa, Arab, Asia and the Pacific , Latin America and the Caribbean countries, Least Developed Countries (2014/15 Program and Budget PDF, Program and Budget)
  • Reporting to: DDG Mario Matus (photo on Flickr)
  • Sector: Development

What we are trying to achieve

Our work aims to contribute to the following expected results in 2014/15:

  • Tailored and balanced IP legislative, regulatory and policy frameworks.
  • National innovation and IP strategies and plans consistent with national development objectives.
  • Enhanced human resource capacities able to deal with the broad range of requirements for the effective use of IP for development in developing countries and least developed countries (LDCs).
  • Strengthened cooperation mechanisms and programs tailored to the needs of developing countries and LDCs.
  • Enhanced access to, and use of, IP information by IP institutions and the public to promote innovation and creativity.
  • Enhanced technical and knowledge infrastructure for IP offices and other IP institutions, leading to better services (cheaper, faster, higher quality) to their stakeholders.

These in turn contribute to WIPO's Strategic Goal III: "facilitating the use of IP for development".

What we do

    Our activities include:

  • Development of national IP policies, strategies, and country plans.
  • Strengthening IP infrastructure.
  • Promoting regional/sub-regional IP programs.
  • Developing IP outreach and public awareness programs.


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