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The ASEAN countries are at the beginning of a decade-long strategic plan to boost IP in the region, says Chew Phye Keat, president of the ASEAN IPA, who talks to WIPR.
“We have weak intellectual property enforcement and our IP registration is slow in some ASEAN countries,” says Chew Phye Keat, president of the ASEAN Intellectual Property Association (ASEAN IPA), who discusses some of the current IP issues in the region.
“First of all, we have to understand ASEAN’s purpose, which is to become a united economic entity,” says Chew. As part of becoming a united economic entity, the IP offices of each country are working together. “IP is important, therefore the IP offices formed a working group so that we can do things together as a region.”
The ASEAN IPA is a private sector association formed following the adoption of the ASEAN Framework Agreement on IP Cooperation in 1995 to provide feedback to and cooperate with the ASEAN IP offices, as well as the ASEAN Working Group on IP Cooperation (AWGIPC) on issues relating to IP in the region.
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