The ASEAN Patent Examination Cooperation (ASPEC) Task Force held its first video conference meeting on 24 September 2020.

The 16th ASPEC Task Force Meeting was chaired by Ms. Sharmaine Wu (Director, Registries of Patents, Designs & Plant Varieties, Intellectual Property Office of Singapore) and attended by ASPEC Task Force members from the ASEAN Member States, as well as staff members of the ASEAN Secretariat.

The agenda of the meeting included patent-related initiatives under the ASEAN IPR Action Plan 2016-2025, and the promotion of ASPEC programmes.

The meeting successfully concluded the full agenda and was a fruitful exchange of views, with the Task Force members strengthening cooperation in several areas.