59th AWGIPC meeting starts in Solo

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The event is opened by Le Ngoc Lam as ASEAN Working Group on Intellectual Prop- erty Cooperation (AWGIPC) Chairman, who is also the General National Of ce of In- tellectual Property of Vietnam (NOIP) Deputy Director General. (photo: M Adityo/DJKI Public Relations)

IO, Solo – Intellectual Property Director General of the Ministry of Law and Human Rights, Freddy Harris, together with ASEAN Working Group on Intellectual Property Cooperation (AWGIPC) Meeting Chairman and Deputy Director General National Office of Intellectual Property of Vietnam (NOIP) Le Ngoc Lam officially opened the 59th AWGIPC meeting in Solo Baru, Central Java, Tuesday (9/7/2019). The meeting will be held for four days.

“During this week, we will discuss the 2016-2025 ASEAN Intellectual Property Rights Action Plan. I believe this is the right time to talk about priority work plans,” said Le Ngoc Lam in his opening speech.

Freddy Harris, in his opening speech, also stated that the ASEAN Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) and AWGIPC Reference Framework would also be discussed in the meeting.

“There are four agendas with dialogue partners that have been set in this meeting; among others are the Knowledge Sharing Program final reporting, consultations with the Korean Intellectual Property Office/KIPO, consultations with the China National Intellectual Property Administration/CNIPA, and “Trade Policy Dialogue with Canada,” he said.

ASEAN dialogue partners included in the meeting were, among others, Australia – New Zealand, China, European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), Japan Patent Office (JPO), KIPO, European Patent Office (EPO), United Kingdom Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO), United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), and World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).

As a member of ASEAN, Indonesia will support all programs agreed upon in the 2016-2025 ASEAN Intellectual Property Rights Action Plan. In the action plan, Indonesia will be the leading country in initiating Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge, and Folklore/GRTKF protection policies, copyright protection including arrangements regarding the Collective Management Institute, and the establishment of the Intellectual Property Academy, as well as supporting the development of Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSME).

Further, the AWGIPC meeting has become an important meeting for Indonesia since its 50th meeting in Bali in 2016. This time, the meeting will be attended by delegates from various nations, including China, the Philippines, Cambodia, Japan, Brunei Darussalam, Malaysia, Vietnam, Singapore, Thailand, Myanmar, and South Korea. The ASEAN Secretariat will also participate. (rei)