The ASEAN Patent Examination Co-operation (ASPEC) is the first regional patent work-sharing programme among 9 participating ASEAN Member States (AMS) IP Offices of Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Viet Nam. The programme was launched on 15 June 2009.
The purpose of this programme is to share search and examination results between the participating offices to allow applicants in participating countries to obtain corresponding patents faster and more efficiently. The programme will potentially reduce duplication on the search and examination work done, thereby saving time and effort. Additionally, search and examination work done on a corresponding application serves as a useful reference in producing quality reports.
ASPEC operates in the English language in all participating AMS IP Offices and is free-of-charge to the applicant at any participating AMS IP Office. However local search and examination fees at AMS IP Offices will still apply.
As part of a regular review of the ASPEC programme in 2013, a revision was made and the ASPEC programme will now include the additional benefit of processes at AMS IP Offices advanced out of turn until grant when an ASPEC request is filed. The ASPEC Request Form has also been revised.
On 25 August 2015, ASPEC went online and ASPEC requests to all participating AMS IP offices can now be made electronically through the ASEAN IP Portal.
ASPEC Claims Correspondence Table (12 Feb 2014).docx
ASPEC Request Form (Revised 12 Feb 2014) - Sample.pdf
ASPEC Statistics - as of 31 August 2016[new]
*Pending complete first AMS Office data. Total of 154 ASPEC requests submitted.
1Only ASPEC requests where an office action had been issued are included.
Links to other participating ASEAN Member States:
For enquiries relating to the ASPEC programme, please e-mail Mr Tan Wei Hao at TAN_Wei_Hao@ipos.gov.sg or Ms Sandra Merinda at Sandra_Lynn MERINDA@ipos.gov.sg with the subject heading "ASPEC Programme". Alternatively, you may contact IPOS at (65) 6339 8616.