ASEAN and U.S. Patent & Trademark Office Host Advanced Workshop on Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Against Trade in Counterfeit

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today concluded a three-day advanced workshop on IPR enforcement for approximately 60 officials from ASEAN member states’ national trademark offices.  The program took place in Jakarta, with the support and cooperation of the Indonesian Directorate General for Intellectual Property Rights.

The interactive workshop featured panels of USPTO officials, together with global experts from both the public and private sector, to address challenges specific to the enforcement of IPR laws.  Participants benefitted from in-depth analysis of IPR enforcement in specific sectors such as pharmaceuticals, automotive parts, and fast moving consumer products.  Panels also discussed best practices in areas such as border control, product identification, and increasing consumer awareness.

“The United States and ASEAN recently have embarked upon execution of our latest five-year cooperative action plan.  As we designed the plan last year, our ASEAN colleagues strongly requested that USPTO continue its regional training programs as part of our support to ASEAN’s Economic Community,” said U.S. Ambassador to ASEAN, David Carden.  “We agree intellectual property rights protection and enforcement of intellectual property law will be a great help to improving the investment climate and boosting economic development across the ASEAN region.”

Added Peter Fowler, U.S. Regional IP Attaché for Southeast Asia, “The estimated loses to ASEAN economies due to all intellectual property infringement is likely more than US$500 million annually, and that does not take into account injury and death associated with counterfeit pharmaceuticals.”

This latest workshop builds upon the long-running partnership that USPTO has established with the ASEAN Secretariat and the ASEAN Working Group on Intellectual Property Cooperation.  Together, the United States and ASEAN collaborate in capacity-building activities to improve intellectual property rights protection and enforcement throughout the ASEAN region.  Future workshops will address issues such as counterfeit medicines, digital piracy, and public education and awareness.

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