IP KEY SOUTH-EAST ASIA – ANNUAL WORK PLAN

IP Key SEA – Phase II is the European Commission’s project to implement the objectives of the European Union (EU) in the field of intellectual property rights (IPRs) through international cooperation with the South-East Asian countries. It covers the South-East Asia (SEA) region, namely the 10 countries that are part of the ASEAN, with a focus on six main EU trading partners (Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam). These include countries with Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) in force (Singapore and Vietnam), FTAs under negotiation (Indonesia) or with Intellectual Property (IP) Dialogues (Thailand).

The project is designed to support the FTA talks and IP Dialogues of the EU with its SEA trading partners. It intends to help countries address specific emerging challenges in the field of IP that also affect EU businesses and stakeholders, and which stem from policy agendas and priorities laid out by the SEA countries.

In this context, IP Key SEA acts on a bilateral level to provide technical expertise to SEA countries in developing IPR rules and regulations that are consistent with international standards and global best practices. The project establishes systems to facilitate high quality and expeditious processes for registering and effectively enforcing IPRs, and will provide support for accession to international agreements that are included in EU FTA chapters.

The project focuses on four expected results: (1) A fairer playing field for EU business in SEA through an effective support of FTA implementation, FTA negotiation and IP Dialogues; (2) Improved and modernised IP Administration services, by increasing the uptake of EU standards while improving the skills of those involved in managing IPRs; (3) Strengthened IPR Protection and Enforcement systems in SEA; and (4) Increased awareness among the general public and public authorities on the importance of IP protection and enforcement.

The project will cover all IPRs: copyright, trade marks, geographical indications, industrial designs, patents, trade secrets and plant varieties, as well as IPR enforcement, in particular civil, administrative and border enforcement.

The project has a duration of 36 months, starting on 1 April 2022.

01 - 30 Nov 2022
Online

Workshop on Counterfeit Goods: how to improve their detection

The workshop is intended to continue providing a platform for closer coordination and cooperation between EU Businesses operating in the SEA countries in terms of the identification of infringing goods being traded in such markets (whether at customs entry points, inland, or in transit).

01 - 30 Sep 2022
Online

Workshop to enhance GI Systems

This is a follow-up to the GIs activities carried out during implementation of IP Key SEA I. The activity will contribute to enhancing the sui generis GI systems in selected SEA countries.

01 - 31 Aug - Dec 2022
Online

Monitoring report on the Counterfeit and Piracy Watch List

The activity aims to raise awareness on IP protection and enforcement by supporting the monitoring of developments in the SEA countries in relation to the online and physical marketplaces that are identified in the EC Counterfeit and Piracy Watch List (available at

01 - 31 Jun - Dec 2022
Singapore

IP Awareness Raising Events

This activity entails the participation of IP Key SEA Phase II project to  major IPR events (IP Fairs, IP contests, the World IP day) organised by relevant stakeholders, to promote the importance of IPRs in the SEA region from an EU perspective. 

 

01 - 31 Jun - Dec 2022
Online

Promotion of IP Tools

The activity will focus on the promotion of integration of data from SEA countries into EU IP tools in order to meet EU standards in the region (such as TMview, DesignView and TMclass), promotion of GIview, taking advantage of the workshop on GIs, as well as on IP enforcement tools aimed to assis

01 - 31 Jun - Dec 2022
Online

Advanced Training Programme on Patent Search and Examination

The activity entails an advanced training programme organised with EPO on efficient search tools and practices for the senior patent examiners of the target SEA countries to directly address the EU stakeholders’ concerns regarding the quality of patent examination results, the shortening of turna

25 Feb 2022
Viet Nam

Trainings on Viet Nam’s Trade Mark Guidelines

As a follow-up initiative to the support provided by IP Key SEA on the drafting of trade mark guidelines, a ‘Training on Viet Nam's Trade Mark Examination Guidelines’ will be organised on 25 February 2022 to clarify any queries the users may have regarding the guidelines.

24 - 28 Feb 2022
Indonesia and the Philippines

Technical meetings with Examiners on the Trade Mark Guidelines

As a follow-up to the support provided by IP Key South-East Asia (SEA) Project on the drafting of trade mark guidelines, the project will organise virtual technical meetings with Trade Mark Examiners of Indonesia, the Philippines, Viet Nam and Thailand on 24, 25 and 28 February 2022.

02 Feb 2022
Brunei Darussalam, Malaysia and Thailand

Support to Strengthen the GI Systems of SEA Countries

The IP Key South-East Asia project invited the Brunei Darussalam Intellectual Property Office (BruIPO) stakeholders to the “Workshop on Geographical Indications for Brunei Darussalam”, as part of the technical support provided to SEA Countries in the enhancement of the GI system.

18 Jan 2022

Support to the Accession of SEA Countries to the UPOV 1991 Convention

The activity sought to promote UPOV 1991 accession of countries in SEA by supporting the creation of a regional platform that would reduce the administrative burden for EU breeders to apply for protection of their PVRs and improve the registration procedures in the participating countries.

17 Jan 2022

Webinar on Plant Variety Protection and UPOV 1991

IP Key South-East Asia (SEA) Project, in collaboration with the Community Plant Variety Protection Office (CPVO), organised the ‘Webinar on Plant Variety Protection and UPOV 1991’ on Monday, 17 January 2022.

02 - 03 Dec 2021

South-East Asia Conference on Collective Rights Management

IP Key SEA hosted ‘South-East Asia Conference on Collective Rights Management’ on 2 and 3 December 2021. The conference aimed to establish a platform of cooperation between the collective rights management organisations (CMOs) of the EU and national CMOs operating in the SEA countries.

29 - 16 Nov - Dec 2021

Workshop on Advanced Prosecution for Patent Examiners in Malaysia and Indonesia

‘Workshops on Advanced Prosecution for Patent Examiners’ were implemented in partnership with the European Patent Office (EPO) sought to continue sharing with the SEA patent offices the European best practices, procedures, tools, and databases in the prosecution of patent applications, to enable

01 - 31 Sep - Mar 2021

On-Demand Support for FTA Implementation

Following the conclusion of Free Trade Agreements with Singapore and Viet Nam, the IP Key SEA Action will provide support and assistance for the implementation of the IPR-related commitments undertaken by the SEA countries.

01 - 31 Sep - Mar 2021

On-Demand Assistance for FTA Negotiations or IP Dialogue

As the IP Key SEA Action is designed to facilitate FTA negotiations and IP Dialogues, the project will provide technical expertise and assistance geared towards strengthening knowledge-based policy making in SEA countries through the conduct of IP studies and other forms of assistance as may be n

30 - 01 Jun - Jul 2021
South-East Asia

Workshop on IPR Customs Enforcement: Risk Indicators, Trends and Issues in SEA

On 30 June and 1 July 2021, IP Key South-East Asia (SEA) Project hosted a ‘Workshop on IPR Customs Enforcement: Risk Indicators, Trends and Issues in SEA.’ This activity sought to contribute to improving the capacities of IP and customs authorities in the SEA countries,

28 - 29 Jun 2021
South-East Asia

Webinar on Counterfeit Medicines, Medical Devices and Protective Equipment

On 28 and 29 June 2021, the IP Key South-East Asia (SEA) Project organised a webinar on ‘Combatting Counterfeit Medicines, Medical Devices and Protective Equipment.’ The webinar highlighted the dangers and, at times, fatal risks posed by counterfeit medicines, medical d

18 - 28 Jun 2021

IP Key SEA Enforcement Series 2021

Intellectual Property Right (IPR) enforcement requires the cooperation and close collaboration of multiple stakeholders to effectively combat IPR infringements in the physical and online environment.

17 - 18 Jun 2021
South-East Asia

Legal Training on UPOV 1991

IP Key South-East Asia (SEA) Project organised a ‘Legal Training on UPOV 1991’ on 17 and 18 June 2021. Plant variety protection and intellectual property officials underwent a training on the legal provisions of the UPOV 1991 Convention.

12 - 16 Apr - Jun 2021
Online

Workshops on Advanced Patent Search and Examination

In 2021, IP Key South-East Asia (SEA) invited senior patent examiners from the patent offices of Malaysia (12 16 April), Indonesia (3 7 May), Vietnam (7 9 June), and Thailand (14 16 June) to attend the ‘Workshop on Advanced Patent Search and Examination’ organised by the project in collaboration

26 Mar 2021
South-East Asia

Webinar on Trade Secrets

To underline the importance of trade secrets as a form of intellectual property rights and the benefits businesses can gain from having their trade secrets protected, IP Key South-East Asia (SEA) organised the ‘Webinar on Trade Secrets’ on 26 March 2021.

01 - 31 Jan - Jul 2021
South-East Asia

Integration in TMview, DesignView and TMclass

This activity supports the integration of SEA IP offices in the EUIPO global databases, which assure the accessibility of updated information on trade marks (TMview) and industrial designs (DesignView) for the benefit of IP stakeholders worldwide.

01 - 02 Dec 2020
Online

Webinar Series on Industrial Designs

To conclude the intellectual property webinar series organised by the IP Key South-East Asia (SEA) in 2020, two webinars on industrial designs were held on 1 and 2 December 2020.

25 Nov 2020
Online

Webinar on Geographical Indications: Protecting and Enforcing GIs

As a follow-up to the Webinar Series on Geographical Indications (GIs) in July 2020, the IP Key SEA organised a third webinar on 25 November focusing on issues on the enforcement of GIs in SEA in the physical and online markets, including the need to for adequate enforcement mechanisms that suppo

12 - 23 Nov 2020
Online

Webinar Series on Plant Variety Protection

Plant variety protection and accession to the International Convention for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (UPOV 1991) are important elements of trade agreements negotiated by the EU.

01 - 30 Nov 2020
South-East Asia

Support to the Creation of a PVR system in SEA

To further support the development of the plant variety rights (PVR) protection systems in the SEA countries, IP Key SEA will provide the pilot project with the support it needs to be able to create a regional platform that would reduce the administrative burden for breeders when applying for pro

28 - 29 Oct 2020
Online

South-East Asia Judges’ Colloquium on Intellectual Property Rights

On 28 and 29 October 2020, senior judges from Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Viet Nam handling IP cases were invited to the South-East Asia Judges’ Colloquium on Intellectual Property Rights organised by IP Key SEA.

16 Oct 2020
Thailand

Workshop on Quality Patent Examination

In 2020, the Workshop on Quality Patent Examination took place online on 17-19 June (Thailand), 1-2 July (Vietnam), 23-25 September (Malaysia) and 12-14 October (Indonesia).

06 - 07 Oct 2020
Online

South-East Asia Judges’ Roundtable on Intellectual Property Rights

The South-East Asia Judges’ Virtual Roundtable took place on 6 and 7 October 2020. The two-day online event organized by IP Key SEA included sessions on the role of judges, the internet environment for the judiciary, and other key issues concerning IPR judicial enforcement.

01 - 31 Oct 2020
Indonesia

Technical Meeting on the Development of the Patent System in Indonesia

IP Key SEA will continue the cooperation and engagement between the Indonesia patent authorities and their EU trade and patent counterparts, in order to continue the discussions and provide technical support in order to ensure continued market access for innovative technologies and inventions in

09 - 21 Jul 2020
Online

Webinars on geographical indications

IP Key SEA organises a series of webinars on geographical indication (GI) protection in the EU and international trade agreements and control of GIs and protection in the market .  

15 - 09 Jun - Oct 2020
Thailand

Workshop on Advanced and Efficient Patent Search for Examiners

To improve the SEA patent examiners’ search capabilities and promote consistency between the search result of European and SEA patent examiners, IP Key SEA, in collaboration with the European Patent Office (EPO), organised in 2020 online workshops on efficient search tools and practices on 15-16

01 - 31 Feb - Dec 2020
South-East Asia

Integration in TMview and DesignView

IP Key SEA supports the integration of SEA IP Offices in the EUIPO global databases, which ensure that information on trade marks (TMview) and industrial designs (DesignView) is accessible and updated for the benefit of EU and other IP stakeholders worldwide.

01 - 31 Feb - Dec 2020
Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand

IP Key SEA works with SEA officials in the trade mark examination guidelines

Throughout the year 2020, the IP Key SEA legal experts will collaborate with the trade mark officials of the three offices, namely the Directorate General of Intellectual Property of Indonesia (DGIP), the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL), and the Department of Intellectual

01 - 31 Feb - Dec 2020
South-East Asia

Integration in TMClass

IP Key SEA will assess the feasibility of integrating Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam into TMclass and will entail technical coordination with these countries in the integration process.

15 - 16 Oct 2019
Bangkok, Thailand

IPKey SEA Conference on Trade marks

EU and Southeast Asian trade mark experts from the public and private sectors convened in Bangkok, Thailand, on 15-16 October at the IP Key SEA Conference on trade marks.

09 - 10 Oct 2019
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Second Regional Meeting on Train the Trainers Programme

Following the meeting held in Manila, Philippines on 10-11 June 2019, this 2nd Regional Meeting on the Development of an ASEAN Training Programme for AMS IPO Patent Examiners will continue the development and implementation of a SEA Patent Examiner Coaching Programme where SEA IP Offices conducti

23 - 27 Sep 2019
France, Netherlands, Belgium

High-Level Study visit on Plant Variety Protection and UPOV 1991

The High-Level Study Visit will consist of a half day seminar focusing on the benefits of membership in the International Convention for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (UPOV 1991), the advantages of the EU Community Plant Variety Rights (CPVR) system under the UPOV 1991 Act, and the ex

09 - 19 Sep 2019
Bangkok, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur

IPKey SEA IP Enforcement Week 2019

On 9 to 19 September 2019, IP Key Southeast Asia is organizing the IP Enforcement Week 2019 in Bangkok, Thailand with a series of events geared towards IP policy-makers, IP officials, law enforcement authorities, IP stakeholders, and businesses in Southeast Asia.

12 - 16 Aug 2019
Ha Noi, Viet Nam

Support for the Drafting of the Trademark Examination Guidelines of IP Viet Nam

The IP Key Southeast Asia (SEA) Project has been providing technical expertise in  support to the drafting of the Trademark Examination Guidelines of the Intellectual Property Office of Viet Nam (IP Viet Nam).  Trademark experts were dispatched by the IP Key SEA Project to IP Viet Nam in February

29 - 31 May 2019
Alicante, Spain

Southeast Asian officials to join EUIPO IP Mediation Conference

IP Key SEA has supported officials from the national IP offices of South-East Asia to attend the EUIPO IP Mediation Conference in Alicante, Spain, which took place on 30-31 May 2019. The conference allowed the participants to learn more on the cutting-edge practices in the field of IP mediation.

02 - 05 Apr 2019
Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam

Workshop to tackle trade in counterfeit goods in SE Asia

The IP Key SEA team contributed to the ‘Workshop on Trade in Counterfeit Food, Beverages, Cosmetics, and Fast Moving Consumer Goods’ in Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam, on 2-5 April.

29 Mar 2019
South East Asia

IP Key SEA Annual Work Plan 2-2019

The Project Management Board (PMB) of the IP Key Southeast Asia (SEA) Project adopted the Second Annual Work Plan (AWP2-2019) on 21 December 2018.

20 - 21 Feb 2019
Bangkok

Meeting on Southeast Asia-Europe Enhanced Patent Data Exchange

IP Key SEA and the European Patent Office (EPO) organised a meeting with IT officials and managers from the IP Offices of Southeast Asia (SEA) in Bangkok on 20-21 February to discuss data sharing mechanisms between the SEA IP Offices and the EPO.

08 - 09 Nov 2018
Yogyakarta, Indonesia

International plant variety protection benefits

High-level officials from Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, and Viet Nam attended an IP Key SEA conference in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, on 8-9 November to discuss plant variety protection (PVP) within the international framework.

30 - 01 Oct - Nov 2018
Bangkok, Thailand

ASEAN IP officials to discuss potential regional IP academy

Representatives from each of the ASEAN IP offices and ARISE+ IPR experts will attend a kick-off meeting in Bangkok on 30-31 October to discuss a feasibility study on the possible establishment of a regional ASEAN IP academy.

24 Oct 2018
Jakarta

EU and local experts discuss Indonesian Patent Law

A roundtable dialogue between EU and Indonesian experts was held in Jakarta on 24 October to discuss recent developments in relation to the new patent law of Indonesia, and share international best practices on patent examination procedures.

19 Oct 2018
Singapore

Leaflet on Geographical Indications covered by the EUSFTA

IP Key SEA contributed to the high level event organized by the EU Delegation to Singapore on the occasion of the signature of the EU-Singapore Free Trade Agreement (November 2018) with the production of a leaflet on Geographical Indications covered by the EUSFTA.

21 - 23 Aug 2018
Thailand

Workshop tackles online piracy and trade in counterfeit goods

The IP Key SEA team collaborated with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the ASEAN Secretariat (ASEC) in conducting the ‘Workshop on Criminal Enforcement Against Online Trade in Pirated Content and Counterfeit Goods’ in Bangkok starting on 21 August.

13 - 03 Jun - Sep 2018
Vietnam

New study on GIs in Vietnam

IP Key SEA is commissioning a study on accountable controls and supervision mechanisms to guarantee an efficient and reliable implementation and enforcement of a geographical indications system in Vietnam.

24 - 25 Apr 2018
Manila (Philippines)

IP Key SEA hosts colloquium for the Philippine judiciary

A roundtable discussion for judges, court attorneys, and academics to share best practices on intellectual property (IP) was held in Manila on 24-25 April 2018.  The ‘Colloquium on Intellectual Property for the Judiciary’ saw an opportunity for local, regional, and international

02 Apr 2018
Bangkok

IP Key SEA official launch

IP Key SEA officially launched in Bangkok on the 2nd of April, during an event attended by Mr Antonio Campinos, EUIPO Executive Director, Ms Chutima Bunyapraphasara, Deputy Minister of Commerce of Thailand, Mr Pirkka Tapiola, EU Ambassador to Thailand , representatives of the European Union Membe

09 - 10 Nov 2017
Philippines

Fact-finding mission

A second fact-finding mission has been carried out in the Philippines between 9-10 November 2017.

18 - 26 Oct 2017
Thailand, Vietnam, and Indonesia

Fact-finding mission

The fact-finding mission carried out between 18-26 October 2017 in Thailand, Vietnam, and Indonesia allowed for liaising with key stakeholders, including EU Delegations in the countries visited, EU trade and business representatives, line Ministries and IP Offices and other relevant stakeholders.