The ASEAN Working Group on Intellectual Property Cooperation (AWGIPC) is the sectoral group responsible for IP issues in the region. It is composed of the IP offices of the ASEAN Member States, namely Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Viet Nam.
The AWGIPC was established in 1996, pursuant to the ASEAN Framework Agreement on Intellectual Property Cooperation, which was signed by ASEAN Member States in Bangkok, Thailand in 1995.
The work of the AWGIPC is based on the ASEAN IPR Action Plan 2011-2015.
The target for the AWGIPC is to transform ASEAN into an innovative and competitive region through the use of IP for their nationals and ensuring that the region remains an active player in the international IP community.
Intellectual property policy can serve as a powerful stimulus to
- Cultural, intellectual and artistic creativity and their commercialisation;
- The efficient adoption and adaptation of more advanced technologies; and
- Continuous learning to meet the ever-rising threshold of performance expectations.
Protection of intellectual property rights stimulates creativity and innovation, which in turn spurs progress in industries and leads to national development.
Through the AWGIPC, ASEAN has made concerted efforts since 1996 to improve the regional framework of policies and institutions relating to intellectual property.