On January 31 – February 1, 2015 in Clark, Philippines, the 40th meeting of APEC Intellectual Property Rights Experts’ Group (IPEG) took place within the 1st Senior Officials Meeting and related meetings. The representatives of Rospatent and Russian APEC Study Center took part in the meeting.
Information of APEC Secretariat on APEC current activities, including projects, was presented during the meeting.
IPEG members exchanged the information on current amendments to national legislation of APEC economies and discussed certain aspects of IP protection, use and enforcement, as well as training and raising public awareness on IP issues.
APEC economies made update on implementation of number of APEC initiatives and projects. In particular, the new project “IP commercialization for SMEs” was presented for IPEG consideration. The project was jointly developed by Rospatent and the Russian State Academy of Intellectual Property. The project provides for holding a seminar to exchange experience on the best practices in IP management and commercialization for SMEs. Co-sponsors of the project are Viet Nam, Mexico and Peru. Consideration of the project by IPEG will be continued intersessionally.
The next 41th IPEG meeting will be held in August 2015 in Cebu, Philippines.