WIPO Singapore Office

Helping businesses in ASEAN protect their brands, inventions and designs overseas

COVID-19 update – The WSO is open to take calls and respond to emails from customers and other IP stakeholders. All events and other in-person activities have been either cancelled or postponed. WIPO's global intellectual property systems and other services are continuing operations, with most Geneva-based staff working remotely under the Organization's business continuity protocols.

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For many small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in the ASEAN Region, their most valuable asset is their business name.  So when SMEs start expanding overseas, or even if they think they will grow into other markets in the future, protecting their name is an important first step. 

The WIPO Singapore Office (WSO) helps businesses by raising awareness and increasing use of the international trademark system (Madrid System). Nine of the 10 ASEAN countries are members of the Madrid System which means business owners can apply for trademark protection in other ASEAN countries, as well as more than 110 other countries around the world, by using WIPO’s time efficient and cost effective Madrid System.

More broadly, the WSO aims to increase innovation and creativity in the ASEAN region by promoting the benefits of all WIPO services such as the PCT System (for international invention protection) and the Hague System (for overseas protection of designs), as well as Madrid System (for protection of brands and trademarks all around the world). By doing this we play a role in the economic, social and cultural development of the region.

The WSO works collaboratively with a range of organizations including chambers of commerce and industry, intellectual property (IP) offices, IP associations and universities to raise awareness and use of the international IP systems. To find out how we might work with you to increase IP awareness in your organization, please complete this enquiry form.

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WIPO events in ASEAN region

Other IP events

We regularly organize, host or participate in IP related events in the ASEAN region to further promote the social and economic importance and value of the IP system.

  • Informal Meeting of the IP Technical Assistance Providers in ASEAN, April 28, 2020, (via Videoconference)
  • Roundtable for the Executives of National and Regional IP Associations in ASEAN, May 12, 2020, (via Videoconference)
  • International IP Commercialization Council’s Online Training Workshop - The Madrid System for the International Registration of Marks, June 16, 2020 (via Videoconference)
  • INTA’s Regional Review of Madrid Protocol: Southeast Asia, June, 16, 2020, (via Videoconference)
  • IP Office of the Philippines i-LEAP IP Session for Trademarks, June 23. 2020 (via videoconference)

WIPO services in ASEAN countries

Alternative Dispute Resolution

The Singapore Office of WIPO's Arbitration and Mediation Center offers guidance and training in IP dispute resolution.

PCT System for patents

All countries in the region, except Myanmar, are members of the PCT system for the international protection of patents.

Madrid System for trademarks

All countries in the region except Malaysia and Myanmar.

Hague System for industrial designs

Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia and Singapore are members of the Hague System for the international registration of industrial designs.

Video: An introduction to the International Trademark System.
Video: An introduction to the International Design System.
Video: An introduction to WIPO's IP portal

ASEAN countries and WIPO initiatives

PATENTSCOPE

Users can conduct searches in this free collection of patent documents – including international patent applications submitted under the PCT and the national patent collections of eight ASEAN Member States in a number of languages.

Global Brand Database

Users can search over 33 million records relating to internationally protected trademarks and national trademark data collections from nine ASEAN Member States.

TISCs

Technology and Innovation Support Centers (TISCs) provide innovators in developing countries with access to locally-based, high quality technology information and related services. There are more than 60 TISCs in the Philippines, whilst they can also be found in Malaysia and Viet Nam.

WIPO GREEN

Through this online marketplace, we help connect ASEAN seekers and providers of new environmental solutions with other seekers and providers of cutting-edge green technology and services around the world.

WIPO Re:Search

The aim of this public/private sector consortium is to promote the development of new drugs, vaccines, and diagnostics in the fight against neglected tropical diseases, malaria, and tuberculosis.

IP infrastructure modernization

Our dedicated specialists provide services to IP offices in the region, including:

  • on-site assessments /analysis of: data volumes, backlog, resources, IT infrastructure and automation status;
  • information gathering to prepare a customized WIPO automation package;
  • training and technical support in management and administration of our industrial property automation system (IPAS);
  • assistance in preparing technical specifications for hardware procurement or software development.

Education and research

WIPO Academy

Our Professional Development Program offers training for government officials from developing countries, while our Summer Schools provide an opportunity for students and young professionals to acquire deeper knowledge of IP.

Study visits

We welcome study visits by groups on a self-financing basis.  Programs may cover a short course on various aspects of the international IP system.  We also assist in organizing study visits to IP-related institutions in Singapore.

WIPO-ASEAN study

The Strategic Use of Intellectual Property to Enhance Competitiveness in Select Industries in ASEAN

This study analyzed the impact of IP on various economic sectors in  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.  It is based on a detailed survey carried out in all the countries.