On 1 December 1996, the ASEAN Intellectual Property Association was officially established and granted official NGO status by the ASEAN Secretariat in 1998.
Dato' VL Kandan, who was elected as the association's first president, noted that the "private sector has set the standard for co-operation in establishing the ASEAN IPA".
The ASEAN IPA comprises individual members who are citizens of, or persons domiclied in, an ASEAN country as well as organization members, which are registered or incorporated or otherwise legally recognized as carrying on business or having a presence in an ASEAN country, concerned with intellectual property.
As of 2011, the ASEAN IPA has about 190 corporate and individual members from
Brunei, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippine, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. The members of the ASEAN IPA shall pay a subscription which shall be determined by the ASEAN IPA Council.
The objectives of the ASEAN IPA shall be to foster ties of mutual friendship, cooperation and understanding among those in the private sector who are concerned with intellectual property in the ASEAN countries, and through such ties to promote the development and protection of intellectual property in the ASEAN countries.
In order to achieve the objectives of the ASEAN IPA, the ASEAN IPA shall amongst other activities, carry out the following:
- To hold meetings and organize other activities as necessary to achieve the objectives of the ASEAN IPA;
- To exchange, monitor, and collate information concerning intellectual property;
- To establish and maintain close contact with various governmental, inter-governmental organizations in relation to intellectual property, and to participate in meetings to be held by such organizations;
- To make investigations, studies, plans and proposals with a view to assisting the improvement and co-ordination of international and domestic laws and regulations concerning intellectual property.
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