The ASEAN Intellectual Property Association (IPA) Conference convened from March 1st to 2nd, 2024, at the prestigious Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Jakarta, Indonesia. With the theme "Rising to the Challenges of the Digital Era - ASEAN Perspectives," the conference aimed to delve into the profound impacts of digital transformation on intellectual property (IP) landscapes within the ASEAN region. Among the esteemed delegates was Mr Uwe Borchert, FICPI´s Treasurer General, representing the International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys (FICPI).

The conference programme encompassed a range of sessions designed to delve into various aspects of the digital age's impact on intellectual property.

The programme was marked by insightful sessions focused on dissecting the challenges and opportunities presented by the ASEAN digital age.

Key highlights of the programme included:

The session on "ASEAN Digital Age: Challenges and Future Forecast" featured distinguished speakers who provided valuable perspectives on the digital economy's growth in the ASEAN region and its implications for intellectual property. Prof. Bambang Brodjonegoro's keynote address offered a comprehensive overview of the digital economy's trajectory, while Dr Thang Luong's presentation delved into the specific impacts on intellectual property within the ASEAN context.

Subsequent sessions delved into the critical issue of regional data privacy frameworks, reflecting the growing importance of data protection beyond personal data. Experts elucidated on the evolving landscape of data privacy regulations and their implications for businesses and individuals alike.

The workshop on "Harnessing the Power of Artificial Intelligence" offered participants a hands-on experience in understanding and leveraging AI technologies in the legal realm. Through live demos and case studies, attendees gained practical insights into the applications of AI in document construction and legal decision-making processes.

A highlight of the day was the stimulating debate on "The Future of AI and its Impact," featuring a panel of esteemed experts representing diverse perspectives and geographies. The discussion centered on pressing issues such as AI ownership, infringement, regulation, and ethical considerations, sparking thought-provoking exchanges among participants.

The Gala Dinner provided a fitting conclusion to the enriching conference proceedings. Mr Uwe Borchert, in his capacity as a representative of FICPI, delivered a compelling speech underscoring the significance of the event and reaffirming FICPI's commitment to advancing excellence, education, and advocacy in the realm of intellectual property.

Mr Borchert highlighted FICPI's role as a global community of IP attorneys dedicated to promoting best practices and fostering collaboration among practitioners worldwide. He emphasised the need for continued dialogue and cooperation in navigating the evolving landscape of IP in the digital age, particularly in light of the transformative potential of artificial intelligence.

The ASEAN IPA Conference in Jakarta served as a pivotal platform for stakeholders to exchange insights, share best practices, and forge partnerships in addressing the multifaceted challenges of the digital era. Through engaging sessions, workshops, and networking opportunities, participants gained valuable perspectives and strategies to navigate the complexities of intellectual property in an increasingly digitalised world. As the ASEAN region continues to chart its course in the digital age, events such as these play a crucial role in fostering collaboration and driving innovation to ensure the protection and promotion of intellectual property rights.

Next steps

Next year the conference will take place in Cambodia.


2024 ASEAN IPA Uwe Borchert


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