The 58th Meeting of the ASEAN Working Group on Intellectual Property Cooperation was held in Bangkok, Thailand from 25 – 29 March 2019. The meeting was chaired by Ms Erni Widhyastari, Director, Directorate of Copyright and Industrial Design, Directorate General of Intellectual Property, Ministry of Law and Human Rights of Indonesia. Both Ms Arunee Poolkaew, Thailand’s Deputy Permanent Secretary of Commerce, and Dr Freddy Harris, Director General of the Directorate General of Intellectual Property (DGIP) of Indonesia, delivered the opening remarks.

The Meeting provided updates and discussed the deliverables under the ASEAN IPR Action Plan 2016-2025 as well as the priorities for 2019. There were also consultation sessions with dialogue partners such as the ASEAN IP Association, United States Patent and Trademark Office, and the World IP Organization.