The ASEAN member states agreed to broaden the scope of the existing "ASEAN patent examination co-operation" (ASPEC). Under the ASPEC system, the member states are sharing search and examination results for corresponding patent applications at several offices, with the aim to reduce duplication of work and to accelerate the examination procedures.
On 27 August 2019, the member states started two further initiatives under the umbrella of the ASPEC system:
PCT-ASPEC will run for a test period of three years and ASPEC AIM for two years, with a further limitation to 50 applications per year.
For further information, please refer to the information on ASPEC on the website of the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS)