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How intellectual property helps ASEAN make its mark

Singapore   /   Fri, April 6, 2018   /  03:08 pm
How intellectual property helps ASEAN make its mark Lamphun brocade silk (Shutterstock/File)

Juicy Guimaras mangoes, aromatic kampot pepper and elaborate Lamphun brocade silk are shining examples of this region’s natural and cultural riches — and their worldwide recognition also demonstrates how ASEAN countries can gain from protecting intellectual property rights.

With the establishment of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) in late 2015, the nations in Southeast Asia have redoubled efforts in forging greater economic cooperation, guided by the AEC Blueprint 2025. One area of priority is intellectual property or IP as guided by the ASEAN IPR Action Plan 2016-2025.

Intellectual property rights are central to one of the AEC Blueprint’s chief goals of building a “competitive, innovative and dynamic ASEAN”. As the Blueprint notes, protecting IP rights is critical for the economic development of ASEAN states: in moving up th...

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