The Association of Southeast Asia Nations ASEAN and the European Commission EC signed Wednesday a financing agreement on capacity building for a strengthened intellectual property rights IPR regime in the region.The 5.1 million euro program, to which the EC provided 4.5 million euro, will be implemented by the European Patent Office over a four-year period, according to a release issued here by the ASEAN Secretariat.

“This is an important piece of the jigsaw to lay the foundation for the protection of IPR in the region,” ASEAN Secretary-General Surin Pitsuwan said Wednesday at the signing ceremony in Bangkok.Also attending the signing were Thai Deputy Commerce Minister Alongkorn Ponlaboot and EC Ambassador to Thailand David Lipmann.

asean_flags2The program, aimed at enhancing regional integration by strengthening institutional capacity and legal and administrative frameworks for protecting IPR, will be implemented by a project team based in Bangkok and hosted by the Thai Department of Intellectual Property under the Ministry of Commerce.

via ASEAN, EU sign deal on intellectual property rights | The Jakarta Post.

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