Intellectual Property Rights Experts Group

Intellectual property rights protection and enforcement is a key factor for promoting foreign trade and investment, as well as for boosting economic development.

In recognition of its importance, intellectual property rights was included in the 1995 Osaka Action Agenda—APEC's strategic roadmap for achieving free and open trade and investment in the region.

In 1996, the Committee on Trade and Investment (CTI) established an Intellectual Property Rights Get-Together (IPR-GT). The aim was to ensure the adequate and effective protection of intellectual property rights in the Asia-Pacific region through legislative, administrative and enforcement mechanisms based on the principles of the World Trade Organization's Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (the TRIPS Agreement) and other related agreements. In 1997, the CTI made the IPR-GT an official APEC group with an explicit terms of reference, and renamed it the Intellectual Property Rights Experts' Group (IPEG).

The IPEG implements a work program that aims to:

  • Deepen the dialogue on intellectual property policy
  • Survey and exchange information on the current status of intellectual property rightsprotection and administrative systems
  • Study measures for the effective enforcement of intellectual property rights
  • Fully implement the TRIPS Agreement
  • Facilitate technical cooperation to help economies implement TRIPS

The IPEG meets two times every year in the margins of first and third Senior Official Meeting (SOM) and reports to the Committee of Trade and Investment.

Last page update: September 2018

Current Activities

Peru is implementing a project to promote best practices on patent commercialization for independent investors. Its aim is to conduct a research on the utilization and exploitation of patents by I.I. and to prepare a toolkit (Inventor´s Handbook and Policy Recommendations to foster independent inventors’ patented technology commercialization) to facilitate and promote patent management and technology commercialization in APEC region.

Russia is implementing a project on intellectual property commercialization for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) with the aim to exchange experiences on best practices in IP management and commercialization. They will organize a three-day seminar where APEC economies can identify problems that SMEs face in commercializing their IP and discuss on ways to solve the problems.

Chinese Taipei’s project will hold a two-day workshop to discuss analyzed findings on the questionnaire and interviews on Collective Management Organizations (CMOs) to MSMEs, followed by a booklet titled Guidelines on the Best Licensing Practices of CMOs. This publication will include a description of challenges faced in the digital age, successful stories in 6 economies, and advice that will help cope with difficulties and become more competitive in the future.

Canada’s project proposes to organize an instructional workshop regarding its anti-counterfeiting initiative “Project Chargeback”, a collaboration of Canadian Government, credit card companies, banks and IP rights holders to reimburse victims of online counterfeiting and piracy crimes. The workshop aims to provide APEC and Non-APEC member participants with a detailed information pack on how Canada’s initiative is administered in practice.

The United States is implementing a project on Trademark-Infringement Determinations in a Border-Enforcement Context, which aims to asset border enforcement officials to better understand how to determine whether trademarks are counterfeit or confusingly similar, throughout a three one-day workshops held in the margins of the SCCP and IPEG meetings.

2018 IPEG meetings

During the 2018 IPEG meetings, member economies recognized the importance of fulfilling their commitments in the Bogor Goals by continuously working to share best practices and experiences within the region. Additionally, reiterating their willingness to continue the collaboration with other APEC forums in the pursuit of a broader approach to engage their commitments.

In support of APEC Investment Facilitation Action Plan, members shared their visions and accomplishments utilizing new technologies to improve investment environments.

Member Economies’ reiterated their efforts on participating more actively in the international IP system and collaborating closely on the coordination of joint strategies to ease the regulatory practices across the region.

IPEG members recognized that IP is a driving force that enables trade, hence the importance of modernizing regulations at the pace of all the next generation trade and investment issues. In the pillar of Trade and Investment Facilitation, members shared information concerning IPR measures and policies.

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