The 10th Trademark Task Force (TMTF) Meeting was held for the first time via video conference on 21 October 2020. The Meeting was chaired by Mr Azahar bin Abdul Razab, Senior Director, Trademark & Geographical Division, Intellectual Property Corporation of Malaysia (MyIPO), and attended by all ASEAN Member States as well as staff members of the ASEAN Secretariat.

The Meeting discussed trademark related agenda items from the ASEAN IPR Action Plan 2016-2025 which includes the computation of the average turnaround time to process a trademark application within each Office and provided updates on the online filing system for Trademark applications. There was also a sharing session on how the COVID-19 pandemic had affected the operations of the TM Offices in the ASEAN region and measures taken by each Office to mitigate the risks and challenges posed by the current situation.

The Meeting was also informed of the soft opening of Myanmar’s IP Department and the recent launch of IP Office of Philippines’s (IPOPHL) mobile application, IPOPHL Mobiliz.