A meeting of European and Asian organisations was held in Ha Noi this morning to promote the use of patents and intellectual property rights throughout South East Asia.
HA NOI –
The European Property Office (EPO) and ASEAN intellectual property (IP) offices met for the sixth time to promote co-operation ranging from technical support to strategic relations.
Known as the Heads of IP Offices Conference (HIPOC), it was told by the minister of Science and Technology, Hoang Van Phong, that in recent years, EPO and Viet Nam had exchanged information on patents, the management of inventions, training staff in the field and increasing awareness of intellectual property.
"The signing of a new memorandum to upgrade co-operation will resolve issues emerging from both regions and the world," Phong said.
EPO president Benoit Battistelli said Viet Nam was a typical example of dynamic development in the ASEAN region, which was helping drive global economic growth.
"Patents are an efficient tool for encouraging innovation and enhancing economic development," he said.
The meeting was attended by leaders and representatives from ASEAN IPOs, EPO and the World Intellectual Property Office (WIPO).
EPO and ASEAN began co-operation in 1990 with the implementation of the first ECAP project. – VNS