Solo – Director General of Intellectual Property Ministry of Law and Human Rights, Freddy Harris, together with the Deputy Director General National IP Office of Viet Nam (NOIP), Le Ngoc Lam as the Chair of ASEAN Working Group On Intellectual Property Cooperation (AWGIPC) officially opened the 59th AWGIPC Meeting in Solo Baru, Central Java, Tuesday (9/7/2019). This meeting was held for four days.
“We will discuss about the ASEAN IPR Action Plan 2016-2025 during this week. I believe that this is the right time to talk about the priority work plan,” said Le Ngoc Lam in his welcome speech.
Freddy Harris in his welcome speech conveyed that the issue regarding ASEAN Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) and AWGIPC Term of Reference would also be discussed in this meeting.
“There are four agendas with the dialogue partners specified in this meeting: Knowledge Sharing Program (KSP) Final Reporting, Consultation with Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO), Consultation with China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA), and Trade Policy Dialogue with Canada,” he said.
ASEAN’s Dialogue Partners including: Australia – New Zealand, China, European Union IP Office (EUIPO), Japan Patent Office (JPO), Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO), European Patent Office (EPO), United Kingdom Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO), United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).
As the state member of ASEAN, Indonesia will support all the agreed programs in the ASEAN IPR Action Plan 2016-2025. In this ASEAN IPR Action Plan, Indonesia is the country champion in initiating policies for protection of Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Forklore (GRTKF), protection of Copyright including the regulation concerning Collective Management Organization and the establishment of IP Academy. Indonesia will also support the development of perpetrators of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises (MSMEs).
Meanwhile, AWGIPC Meeting has been one of the important meetings to Indonesia since its 50th event in Bali in 2016. The AWGIPC Meeting in Solo was attended by the delegations from various countries, specifically Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, China, Korea and Canada. ASEAN Secretariat also participated in the discussion in this meeting.