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 their importance, intellectual property rights were 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 following are some of the topics IPEG’s work is engaged with:
- Trademark links
- Deepen the dialogue on intellectual property policy
- New technologies
- Patent grace periods
- International IP dispute resolution
- IP enforcement
- IP commercialization & securitization of IP assets
IPEG meetings are structured under the CTI priorities:
- Supporting the Multilateral Trading System: Deepening the Dialogue on Intellectual Property Policy (Coordinating Economy: Convenor)
- Advancements Supporting APEC’s Regional Economic Integration Agenda
- Trade Facilitation, Connectivity and Infrastructure
- Inclusive Approaches
The IPEG meets two times every year in the margins of the first and third Senior Officials’ Meeting (SOM1 and SOM3) and reports to the Committee of Trade and Investment.
Last page update: March 2021
CTI’s priorities and key activities
- Support for the multilateral trading system
- Advancing regional economic integration, including the Free Trade Area of the Asia Pacific Agenda
- Trade facilitation and strengthening connectivity and infrastructure
- Promoting innovative development and inclusive approaches
- Engagement with the business sector and industry dialogues.
An overview of the work of the CTI and its 11 sub-fora—the dialogues, initiatives and achievements made in 2020—are encapsulated in the 2020 CTI Annual Report to Ministers.
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