The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has
launched the ASEAN Patentscope making up-to-date online ASEAN
patent data available to patent search firms, patent attorneys
and innovators seeking to commercialise their innovations in
the ASEAN region.
The ASEAN Patentscope project was started by the ASEAN
Patent Examination Cooperation (ASPEC) Task Force in 2012 to
enhance regional collaboration on research and development
(R&D) activities and to encourage technological development
among ASEAN countries. For the first time, a regional ASEAN
patent database service has been made available to the public.
Indonesia has contributed extensively to the project by hosting
the regional patent database server. Singapore also played a
leadership role to initiate the project through its
chairmanship of the ASPEC Task Force.
The availability of online patent data brings government
services closer to innovators by removing barriers of distance
and paper searching to access quality technology resources. The
ASEAN Patentscope can be accessed using the link at
The ASEAN Patentscope provides a number of powerful tools
and features to assist users. These include bibliographic data
search, view of published patent dossier information, search
results in a customisable report, and translations into
national languages. By simply entering a term or a phrase in
English, it is possible to retrieve relevant patent documents,
country-level patent filings by technology sector and related
patent family information in the region.
The move builds on the ongoing ASEAN-WIPO collaboration to
leverage WIPO software to support ASEAN innovation. This
initiative will enable ASEAN to step up the innovation ladder
and encourage innovators in the region to use the patent system
for enhanced participation in regional and global business.
ASEAN doubled its share of the world's scientific literature
from 1.37% (2006) to 2.43% (2015) according to the Asian
Scientist (2016) with Malaysia, Brunei and Vietnam sharply
increasing their output of research papers. WIPO statistics
also indicate that patents in ASEAN have increased more than
40% from 2012 to 2016.
The ASEAN Patentscope was developed in a framework which is
modern and effective and should make a substantial contribution
to enhancing access to ASEAN regional patent information.
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