The ASEAN-Japan Heads of Intellectual Property Offices signed the Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) on Industrial Property between the ASEAN Member States Intellectual Property Offices (AMS-IPOs) and the Japan Patent Office (JPO) during its 2nd Meeting on 11 July 2012. Held in Singapore, this meeting is part of the 38th Meeting of the ASEAN Working Group on Intellectual Property Cooperation (AWGIPC) on 9-13 July 2012.

According to Ms. Pajchima Tanasanti, Chair of the AWGIPC and Director-General of the Department of Intellectual Property, Ministry of Commerce of Thailand, the signing of the MOC on Industrial Property ushers in an important milestone in furthering cooperation between ASEAN and Japan in the field of trademarks, industrial designs, patents, and utility models.

In line with this statement, Mr. Yoshiyuki Iwai, Commissioner of Japan Patent Office, explained that the MOC will enhance capabilities in ASEAN and Japan in the areas of industrial property protection systems, transparent and streamlined examination procedures and practices, industrial property administration, industrial property exploitation by the private sector, and awareness of industrial property.

During this meeting, the AMS-IPOs and JPO adopted the ASEAN Intellectual Property Offices-JPO Action Plan 2012-2013 and exchanged views on cooperation activities and programs the following year.

Chief Executive of the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS), Mr. Tan Yih San, highlighted that the Action Plan marks a significant milestone in the cooperation history of the ASEAN IP Offices and JPO. Singapore is honored and delighted to host such an event to advance the cooperation among IP Offices in the ASEAN region.

The meeting proposed priority activities for implementation including: the conduct of a study on successful cases of Japanese SMEs in IP commercialization in the creative industry applicable to ASEAN, a workshop on the establishment of IT infrastructure to share dossier information on patent examination, and various support for accession to International Treaties for AMSs.

At the conclusion of the meeting, the AMS-IPOs and the JPO expressed their appreciation to the IPOS for hosting the meeting and their hospitality.