World Intellectual Property Organization


This section of the site contains a range of useful resources that relate to IP in the ASEAN Region.

The ASEAN IP Quick Find

The ASEAN IP Quick Find is a useful compilation of links for each of the ten WIPO Member States in ASEAN.

Useful Links

These links have been specifically selected due to their relevance for those wanting to find out more about IP and its effective protection and management in the ASEAN region.

  • ECAP III, the EU-ASEAN Project on the Protection of Intellectual Property Rights is working towards regional harmonization with a focus on Trade Marks, Industrial Designs, Geographical Indications and IP Enforcement. The project supports the ASEAN IPR Action Plan 2011-2015. The EU Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market(OHIM) was entrusted with the implementation of Phase II.
  • 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 the ASEAN IP Portal.
  • The ASEAN IPR SME Helpdesk supports European Union (EU) small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to both protect and enforce their Intellectual Property (IP) rights in or relating to ASEAN, through the provision of free information and services.
  • The ASEAN Intellectual Property Rights Action Plan 2011-2015 is designed to meet the goals of the ASEAN Economic Community by transforming ASEAN into an innovative and competitive region through the use of IP for ASEAN nationals and ensuring that the region remains an active player in the international IP community. This Action Plan identifies five strategic goals that will contribute to the collective transformation of ASEAN into a competitive region with the use of IP. (source pages 2 and 3 of the ASEAN Intellectual Property Rights Action Plan 2011-2015).
  • About 190 corporate and individual members from Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam form the ASEAN Intellectual Property Association. Granted official NGO status by the ASEAN Secretariat in 1998, the association aims to foster ties of mutual friendship, cooperation and understanding among those in the private sector who are concerned with intellectual property in the ASEAN countries, and through such ties to promote the development and protection of intellectual property in the ASEAN countries.
  • The Asian Patent Attorneys Association ("APAA") is a non-governmental organisation dedicated to promoting and enhancing intellectual property protection in the Asian region. The association has recognised groups in all ten ASEAN countries.



WIPO-ASEAN Study: The Strategic Use of Intellectual Property to Enhance Competitiveness in Select Industries in ASEAN
This study had the objective of comprehensively assessing the manner in which companies in different sectors had been making use of the IP system as a strategic tool for economic development. The study gauged the impact of IP on different sectors in the ASEAN Member States, and the manner in which companies in these sectors had been making use of the different elements of IP to leverage their competitiveness, promote trade and create jobs. The study is based on a detailed survey carried out in all the countries. In order to have a comprehensive and representative sample of the companies, the following industries were selected: agricultural chemicals, pharmaceuticals, music, manufacturing industry (textiles and garments) and one more industry of the country’s choice.


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