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A welcome by Javier Rujas, Deputy Director, General Affairs and External Relations Department (OHIM)

Towards the end of the implementation of the first EC financed programme on Intellectual Property Rights in the region of Southeast Asia (ECAP), the Office for Harmonization in the Internal market [OHIM] (trade marks and designs) came into full operation.

Since 1996, we have been administering the Community trade mark system and since 1 January this year the Registered Community design. As an agency of the European Community entrusted with the competence for registering exclusive unitary regional IP rights in Europe, we are proud to be actively involved in ECAP II and in the exchange of dialogue and co-operation with our partners in Southeast Asia, who share the goal of providing optimal IP protection for entrepreneurs and investors in the global market.


ECAP II is a dynamic programme covering all areas of IPRs and whose objectives meet the mutual interest of further strengthening relations between IP Offices and related circles in the Member States of ASEAN and the EU, particularly with the aim of increasing the facilitation and favourable conditions for trade and investment.

We hope this web-site will provide interesting and valuable information to those involved in or keen to know more about intellectual property rights as well as the joint collaboration and initiatives being undertaken between the EU and ASEAN in this ever-evolving domain.

Javier RUJAS
Deputy Director
General Affairs and External Relations Department

Last Update: Mon 02 Feb 2004 - 09:29 AM
This publication has been produced with the assistance of the European Union. The contents of this publication is the sole responsibility of ECAP II and can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the European Union.

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Copies of Proceedings from the following events are now available:

1. IP Valuation and Commercialization for SMES in Manila, 22-23 March 2004.
2. EU-ASEAN Workshop on Data Protection (Pharmaceuticals) Bangkok, 29-30 April 2004
3. IP Valuation and Commercialisation for SMEs in Bangkok, 17-18 March 2004

To receive a copy, please email your request, along with full name and mailing address to
ECAP II Press Officer Miss Supapohn Kanwerayotin :

Local Coordination Unit (LCU)
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To request a hardcopy, please contact ASEAN IPOs, or

The ECAP Partners
ASEAN Intellectual Property Offices (IPOs)
European Commission
European Patent Office
Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market
Useful links
Asia Law & Practice
BNIC-Bureau National Interprofessionnel du Cognac
Commission on Intellectual Property Rights
EC agriculture
EC EuropeAid
EC external relations
EC internal market
EC Taxation and Customs Union
EC trade
IP Academy Singapore
Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property, Competition and Tax Law
oriGIn - Organisation for an International Geographical Indications Network
Queen Mary, University of London
Useful IP links
WIPO - World Intellectual Property Organization
WIPO Abbreviations
WTO - World Trade Organization