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IP Legal and Policy Framework - Overview

ECAP III Phase II is structured into four main components that aim at achieving the objectives and results approved by ASEAN and the EU in 2012. They directly relate to four of the strategic goal areas identified in the ASEAN IPR Action Plan 2011-2015. Under each project component, the activities necessary to achieve the project objectives and expected results are organised under activity clusters.


IP Legal and Policy Frameworks is one of the four project components. This project component comprises activities aimed at enhancing the legal and policy frameworks enabling the participation of the ASEAN countries in the global protection systems for brands at the appropriate time, in line with Strategic Goal 2 of the ASEAN IPR Action Plan 2011-2015.


The collective transformation of ASEAN into a competitive region depends greatly on the availability of a framework of IP legislation and policies that allow the productive sector to easily and efficiently protect their brands in export markets.  This result reflects a strategic approach of furthering the insertion of the region in the global economy by enabling the ASEAN countries to take part in the existing global IP protection systems and promote the use of such systems by the ASEAN productive sector.  The purpose is to exchange views and experiences concerning requirements for the accession to the Madrid Protocol for the International Registration of Marks and the Hague Agreement for the International Registration of Industrial Designs and ways in which the ASEAN business community and creators may take advantage of the opportunities offered by the international protection systems governed by those treaties.


The beneficiaries and target groups for activities under this component are the ASEAN government officials concerned with IP policy formulation, legislators, IP administration and government agencies concerned with business development services.  The domestic sector in ASEAN countries, export and producer associations and SMEs also benefit from these activities.


The project expected result correlated to this project component is to achieve enhanced legal and policy frameworks enabling the participation of the ASEAN countries in the global protection systems for brands.


The activities under this project component are grouped in two activity clusters, focusing on the following areas:

  • Madrid System – International Registration of Marks   Learn more…
  • Hague System – International Registration of Industrial Designs  Learn more...


You can learn more about each activity cluster by pressing on each of the areas indicated above.