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 rights  protection 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
Last page update: 25 July 2017

Current Activities

IP for SMEs

Through several projects, the IPEG has been promoting small and medium enterprise (SME) development and the commercialization of their intellectual properties.

The Philippines implemented two projects. The Workshop on Promoting Innovation through a Mechanism for IP Valuation, Financing and Leveraging was held in Manila on 14-16 June 2017. The project overseer also organized the Workshop on Best Practices on Brand Development and IP Protection for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) held in Manila on 12-14 July.

Capacity building on IP strategy for SME’s innovation is another work stream being pursued by a Mexican project overseer, where an event in Mexico City in September 2017 is being organized.

Dealing with Trademark Infringement

The IPEG is preparing to hold a series of events to assist border and other enforcement officials to better determine whether trademarks are counterfeit when undertaking border enforcement, through a project called “Trademark Infringement Determinants in a Border-Enforcement Context.” The first workshop is scheduled for August 2017, while two others may take place in 2018.

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Mexican Institute for Industrial Property

Mr PABLO Forastieri Murrieta

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