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ASEAN case law database on IPR

This activity is aimed at strengthening the capacity of the judiciary to analyse and take sound decisions on IPR related cases by making available to them an easily accessible repository of knowledge on such cases.

 

The project will provide for a team of legal experts from ASEAN countries to select relevant ASEAN case law, prepare summaries in English and tag relevant key words and data related to those cases following a standardized approach.  The project will further provide for building a database that would allow the easy retrieval of information related to those cases.

 

The database will also contribute to:

  • Enhance the transparency and accessibility to IP related jurisprudence in the ASEAN region;
  • Increase the dissemination of information on courts legal practice not only among the judiciary but also among other interested users in the ASEAN countries (including staff from National IP Offices, other enforcement authorities, Academia and IP right holders);
  • Encourage the use of legal strategies as effective means for claiming IP rights.

 

2013

 

In this context, the Project Management Team has prepared and provided to the AMSs IP Offices the Terms of Reference for building the database content and defined a standardized approach for the selection of relevant case law, the preparation of summaries in English and the tagging of relevant key words and data related to those cases. 

 

2014

 

The project has provided for a team of legal experts from ASEAN countries to select relevant ASEAN case law, prepare summaries in English and tag relevant key words and data related to those cases following a standardized approach as described in the terms of reference prepared and distributed among the ASEAN IP Offices in 2013. 

 

In parallel to the selection, tagging and coding of decisions, ECAP initiated the development of the database search tool. Once a sufficient number of decisions have been selected, coded and tagged, they will be uploaded in the database for testing and consultation.

 

2015

 

The project will continue to provide for legal experts from interested ASEAN countries to pursue the work initiated in 2014. It will further continue to provide for building a database that would allow the easy retrieval of information related to the selected ASEAN cases.  The database may also comprise relevant case law from other jurisdictions.