Proposal

To JAPANESE

In the 1st Asia Science and Technology Seminar held from March 19th to March 21st, 2006 in Bangkok under the theme of "Appropriate Intellectual Property Right (IPR) Regime & Practical System for Utilization of IPR for Asia", with the participation of approximately 40 distinguished researchers, administrators and specialists on IPR from 13 countries and region, the participants in this seminar made enthusiastic discussion from a perspective of science and technology and reached to make following proposals to the government, the academic circle and the other concerned of each country/region.

"General Proposal"

It should be targeted to reinforce the international network of practitioners of Asian countries/regions on IPR taking advantage of the opportunity like this Seminar and to encourage to establish "Appropriate Intellectual Property Right (IPR) Regime & Practical System for Utilization of IPR for Asia" complementing merits and demerits of each country/region by sharing the information, experience and experts in IPR field in Asia.

In specific, the following particulars are to be realized,

"Particulars"

1) Sharing Experiences in Technology Transfer

It is important to pursue an appropriate system of Technology Transfer (TT) (University-Industry Partnership) in individual countries/regions by studying and exchanging the experiences and information about various examples of policies and practices of TT in Asia.

To facilitate experience and information exchange on TT in Asia more effectively;

- Sharing experiences and information among practitioners on TT for finding the best practice in each country/region
- One possibility that needs to be explored further is to set up a sort of Asian AUTM* and encourage each country/region to set up National AUTM to act like a platform to share experiences
(*AUTM = Association of University Technology Managers)

2) Joint Policy Research

It is important to balance between IPR protection and its diffusion. It is also important to establish and implement an IPR system which harmonizes with the state of economic and social development, cultures and traditions in each country/region.

To enhance joint policy research on IP in Asia more fruitfully, the following issues might be worth to do joint policy studies;

- Optimal mode of industry and academy relation (the first priority)
- Suitable balance between IPR protection and diffusion and coordination between IPR policy and competition (anti-monopoly) policy
- Economic impacts of research in one country/region to other less developed countries/regions
- Possibilities of harmonization of IPR regimes in Asia by considering issues such as costs/benefits of harmonization (multiple vs. uniform regimes), and the level of harmonization (minimum or beyond minimum)

3) Human Resources Development in IP

It is important to bring up human resources who have more IPR-oriented mind in order to facilitate to solve the common issues on IPR among Asia. Further education and support for practitioners (researchers, policymakers and administrators etc.) in Asia are matters of necessity.

To expedite human resources development in IP field in Asia;

- Increasing the number and quality of IP human resources, especially high-level experts are demanded.

- Encouraging Masters program in IP and technology commercialization management

- Establishing curriculum where IP paraprofessionals are trained and educated in IP protection, management, utilization, technology valuation, licensing and commercialization etc.

- Collecting and sharing case studies on effective IP awareness/promotion strategies pursued in each country/region
- Setting up regional forums/workshops on the curriculum content and implementing case studies to share information among universities, R&D institutions, TLOs/TTOs and IP offices

4) Sharing IP Resources (Database, Experts)

It is important to build a cooperative system to share common resources on IPR (Database, Experts, etc.) in Asia, which should be utilized as a source of common knowledge.

To realize sharing IP resources (Database, Experts) in Asia;

- Targeting harmonization of IP Database in Asia as a source of knowledge by considering active use of un-utilized patents, the benefits of local Small-Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) and its affordability.

- Each nation member should update their information.

- A summary in English on the website of each national IP database should be encouraged

- Targeting future integration of IPR database among Asian countries/regions for one uniform database
- Survey of regional experts and exploring possibilities to incorporate"sharing and exchange of IP expert" in science and technology bilateral agreement