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, request form and ASPEC brochure as follows.
ASPEC Document Submission Guideline:
ASPEC Document Submission Guideline - Release June 2022
ASPEC Request Form:
ASPEC Claims Correspondence Table (12 Feb 2014)
ASPEC Request Form (Revised Nov 2019) - Sample
ASPEC Request Form (Revised Nov 2019)
ASPEC Brochure:ASPEC Brochure - Release June 2022
Table on the Developments and Milestones of the ASEAN Patent Examination Cooperation Programme
Developments and Milestones
6 Mar 2017
7th ASEAN CoP for Patent Examiners and10th 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|
|22 Sep 2020||16th
Meeting of the ASPEC Taskforce|
|2 Mar 2021|
12th ASEAN CoP for Patent Examiner and17th Meeting of the ASPEC Taskforce
|8 Sep 2021||18th
Meeting of the ASPEC Taskforce |
For past events, please click here.