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ASEAN IP offices to attend consultation meetings on trademarks, designs and IT tools

The ARISE+ IPR team organised parallel consultation meetings on trademarks, industrial designs and information technology in Bangkok on 18-20 February with representatives from the ASEAN national IP offices and the ASEAN Secretariat. The initiatives discussed in the consultation meetings are in line with the ASEAN IPR Action Plan 2016-2025.

The Trademark Consultation Meeting focused on regional initiatives on trademarks that have been identified as priorities by the ASEAN Member States. These include feasibility studies on the establishment of a regional trademark registration system and the ASEAN IP Academy, as well as the updating of the ASEAN Common Guidelines on Substantive Trademark Examination, which is currently being used as a reference by the IP offices in the region.  A meeting of the ASEAN Task Force on Trademark Cooperation was held back-to-back with the ARISE+ IPR event to discuss other regional initiatives on trademarks.   

Similarly, the Design Consultation Meeting saw officials from national IP offices working towards adapting the ASEAN Common Guidelines on the Examination and Registration of Industrial Designs.  Other areas of common interest, such as the Hague Agreement, the graphical representation of designs, and other common design practices, including the ASEAN initiative on the feasibility of harmonising formality requirements in designs, were also discussed.

The IT Consultation Meeting focused on the maintenance and sustainability of the ASEAN IT tools: ASEAN TMview, ASEAN DesignView, and ASEAN TMclass.  These tools were developed to improve the quality and transparency of IP services in the region. A support mechanism to ensure the continued availability and data quality as a way of improving overall user experience was also discussed.

In addition to the ASEAN trademark, design, and IT experts, experts from the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) participated in the meetings as part of the continuing exchange of best practices. 

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