The DIP is
currently working to complete the draft of the Governmental Decree covering
Patents, Industrial Design, Lay-out Design of Integrated Circuits, Utility
Models, Geographical Indication and New Variety of Plants. The Department
seeks to harmonise all new legislation with the Trade Related aspect of
Intellectual Property rights agreement (TRIPS).
A - Issuance
of Decree covering Industrial Property Matters
The main features of this decree are based on the principle of WIPO model
laws. The Decree is now being submitted to the Council of Ministers for
B - Accession
We are working towards accession to the PCT and are in the process of
creating favourable conditions for eligibility.
C - Modernisation
of IP Office
The DISM is engaged in a reform process that started last year and aims
to make the Department more competitive and efficient. Reforms will affect
issues such as organisational structure, personnel recruitment and technical
capability: An important requirement is the computerisation of the Intellectual
Property system, to upgrade the Department to compatibility with WIPO
and the IP departments of other ASEAN countries.
D - Strengthening
of Public Awareness
Continued organisation of training courses and seminars.
Holding of joint seminars on Trademark Registration Guidance, in conjunction
with DIP Thailand, in provinces located along the Lao-Thai border.
E - Development
of International Co-operation
Further co-operation with both WIPO and ASEAN, mainly on the implementation
phase of the Trademark and Patent Common Filing System. Increased links
with other countries' DIPs.