WIPO Singapore Office

The WIPO Singapore Office (WSO) was established in 2005. With growing economies, significant intellectual property (IP) creators and attractive markets, the global IP system is critically important to the ASEAN Region. The office works to increase innovation and creativity in the ASEAN region by promoting effective use of WIPO services such as the PCT, Madrid and Hague Systems.

WSO – collaborating with the private sector

The WSO works with organizations to increase awareness of WIPO services in the ASEAN business community. For example, the WSO and the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry are working together to help Filipino SMEs increase their understanding and use of WIPO services through co-organized events and newsletter articles.

Heads of Intellectual Property Office Conference Group Photo, August 2019, Singapore (Photo: WIPO). More photos on Flickr.

WIPO events in ASEAN region

Other IP events

We regularly organize, host or participate in IP related events in the ASEAN region to further promote the social and economic importance and value of the IP system.

  • Regional Workshop on Strategies to Promote the Use of Domestic and International IP Registration Systems, December 2, 2019 (Photo on Flickr)
  • National Seminar on Branding and WIPO’s Madrid System, Kuala Lumpur, November 6, 2019 (Photo on Flickr)
  • Press Conference on Malaysia’s Accession to the Madrid Protocol, November 4, 2019 (Photo on Flickr)
  • National Seminar on Branding and WIPO's Madrid System, Penang, Malaysia, November 4, 2019 (Photo on Flickr)
  • Study Visit of the Sorbonne-Assas International Law School, October 31, 2019 (Photo on Flickr)

WIPO services in ASEAN countries

Alternative Dispute Resolution

The Singapore Office of WIPO's Arbitration and Mediation Center offers guidance and training in IP dispute resolution.

PCT System for patents

All countries in the region, except Myanmar, are members of the PCT system for the international protection of patents.

Madrid System for trademarks

All countries in the region except Malaysia and Myanmar.

Hague System for industrial designs

Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia and Singapore are members of the Hague System for the international registration of industrial designs.

Video: An introduction to the International Trademark System.
Video: An introduction to the International Design System.
Video: An introduction to WIPO's IP portal

ASEAN countries and WIPO initiatives


Users can conduct searches in this free collection of patent documents – including international patent applications submitted under the PCT and the national patent collections of eight ASEAN Member States in a number of languages.

Global Brand Database

Users can search over 33 million records relating to internationally protected trademarks and national trademark data collections from nine ASEAN Member States.


Technology and Innovation Support Centers (TISCs) provide innovators in developing countries with access to locally-based, high quality technology information and related services. There are more than 60 TISCs in the Philippines, whilst they can also be found in Malaysia and Viet Nam.


Through this online marketplace, we help connect ASEAN seekers and providers of new environmental solutions with other seekers and providers of cutting-edge green technology and services around the world.

WIPO Re:Search

The aim of this public/private sector consortium is to promote the development of new drugs, vaccines, and diagnostics in the fight against neglected tropical diseases, malaria, and tuberculosis.

IP infrastructure modernization

Our dedicated specialists provide services to IP offices in the region, including:

  • on-site assessments /analysis of: data volumes, backlog, resources, IT infrastructure and automation status;
  • information gathering to prepare a customized WIPO automation package;
  • training and technical support in management and administration of our industrial property automation system (IPAS);
  • assistance in preparing technical specifications for hardware procurement or software development.

Education and research

WIPO Academy

Our Professional Development Program offers training for government officials from developing countries, while our Summer Schools provide an opportunity for students and young professionals to acquire deeper knowledge of IP.

Study visits

We welcome study visits by groups on a self-financing basis.  Programs may cover a short course on various aspects of the international IP system.  We also assist in organizing study visits to IP-related institutions in Singapore.


The Strategic Use of Intellectual Property to Enhance Competitiveness in Select Industries in ASEAN

This study analyzed the impact of IP on various economic sectors in  ASEAN member states, and the manner in which companies in these sectors had been making use of the different elements of IP to leverage their competitiveness, promote trade and create jobs.  It is based on a detailed survey carried out in all the countries.