ECAPII – THE EC-ASEAN INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS COOPERATION PROGRAM
ECAP II is a European Commission-supported initiative with the goal offostering trade, investment and technology exchanges between Europe and ASEAN as well asintra-ASEAN trade and investment. By participating in ECAP II, ASEAN countries can benefit from European knowledge and experience where Intellectual Property Rights are concerned, particularly in compliance with the WTO agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS). ECAP II specifically responds to the needs of ASEAN countries in their bid to become more active players in the global market, where the use and protection of Intellectual Property Rights enhance competitiveness. ECAP II activities focus on the completion of the legal framework to make the IP laws in the ASEAN countries in line with at least the minimum TRIPs requirements, improvement of the administration and enforcementof IPRand aising awareness in the ASEAN region on the importance of IPR for the economic development of a country.
APEC IPEG – ASIA-PACIFIC ECONOMIC COOPERATION INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS EXPERTS’ GROUP
The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) was established in 1989.Itis a forum composed of 21 member economies with the goal of advancingAsia-Pacific economic dynamism and sense of community. The Intellectual Property Rights Experts’ Group (IPEG) wascreated in 1996 with the objectives of deepening the dialogue on intellectual property policy, surveying and exchanging information on the current status of IPR protection and administrative systems, studying measures for the effective enforcement of IPR, fully implementing the Agreement on Trade-related Aspects of Intellectual Property (TRIPS) no later than 2000 and facilitating technical cooperation to that end.
WIPO – WORLD INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY ORGANIZATION
The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is an international organization dedicated to promoting the use and protection of works of the human spirit. With headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, WIPO is one of the 16 specialized agencies of the United Nations system of organizations. It administers 23 international treaties dealing with different aspects of intellectual property protection. The Organization counts 179 nations as member states.
IPOS – INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY OFFICE OF SINGAPORE
IPOS is the lead government agency that formulates and regulates Intellectual Property laws, promotes IP awareness and provides the infrastructure to facilite the greater development of IP in Singapore. Formerly known as the Registry of Trade Marks and Patents, IPOS was established as a statutory board of the Ministry of Law on 1 April 2001.
The Japan Patent Office administers the industrial property rights system(which is a general term used when referring to the system for patents, new utility models, designs and trademarks).