What is ASPEC

The ASEAN Patent Examination Co-operation (ASPEC) is the first regional patent work-sharing programme among nine participating ASEAN Member States (AMS) IP Offices of Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Viet Nam. The programme was launched on 15 June 2009.

The purpose of this programme is to share search and examination results between the participating offices to allow applicants in participating countries to obtain corresponding patents faster and more efficiently. The programme will potentially reduce duplication on the search and examination work done, thereby saving time and effort. Additionally, search and examination work done on a corresponding application serves as a useful reference in producing quality reports.

ASPEC operates in the English language in all participating AMS IP Offices and is free-of-charge to the applicant at any participating AMS IP Office. However local search and examination fees at AMS IP Offices will still apply.

Please find the ASPEC Document Submission Guideline and request form as follows.

ASPEC Document Submission Guideline:

pdfASPEC Document Submission Guideline - Release Nov 2019

ASPEC Request Form:

documentASPEC Claims Correspondence Table (12 Feb 2014)

pdfASPEC Request Form (Revised Nov 2019) - Sample

pdfASPEC Request Form (Revised Nov 2019)

Table on the Developments and Milestones of the ASEAN Patent Examination Cooperation Programme

Event

Developments and Milestones

6 Mar 2017

7th ASEAN CoP for Patent Examiners and

10th Meeting of the ASPEC Taskforce
4 Sep 2017  8th ASEAN CoP for Patent Examiners and

11th Meeting of the ASPEC Taskforce
5 Mar 2018  9th ASEAN CoP for Patent Examiners and

12th Meeting of the ASPEC Taskforce
16 Oct 2018  10th ASEAN CoP for Patent Examiners and

13th Meeting of the ASPEC Taskforce
11 Mar 2019  11th ASEAN CoP for Patent Examiners and

14th Meeting of the ASPEC Taskforce
27 Aug 2019  Launch of ASPEC Acceleration for Industry 4.0 Infrastructure and Manufacturing (ASPEC AIM) & Patent Cooperation Treaty-ASPEC (PCT-ASPEC)
6 Sep 2019  15th Meeting of the ASPEC Taskforce

For past events, please click here.

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