Asian Patent Attorneys Association (APAA)

The Asian Patent Attorneys Association ("APAA") is a non-governmental organisation dedicated to promoting and enhancing Intellectual Property protection in the Asian region (including Australia and New Zealand).

Established in December 1969, membership of APAA is open to individuals practising the profession of patent attorney in the Asian region as well as organisations which comprise such individuals and are constituted in the Asian region. The association now has about 2,315 members from 20 Recognised Groups in Australia, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Macau, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, New Zealand, Pakistan, Phillipines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam as well as from Bhutan, Brunei, Laos and Mongolia.

The members include some of Asia’s leading practitioners of intellectual property law. They meet annually at a Council meeting and triennially at a General Assembly at a location within the Asian Region to, amongst others, network and exchange views and information concerning intellectual property protection in the Region.

With its large pool of members and expertise, APAA is well placed to play an influential role in promoting and enhancing intellectual property protection in the Asian Region.

APAA Began 43 years ago with members from 3 jurisdictions. Today it has over 2315 members from 24 jurisdiction. First open election in history of APAA was held in 2012 wherein Mr. C. K. Kwong was elected as 10th President (2012-2015).

APAA India Chapter

India joined as the 14th member country of APAA. The India chapter had 69 members in the year 2000 . 135 members in the year 2007 and currently it has over 300 members.

The India chapter started the tradition of celebrating World IP Day.

APAA is the biggest Association of IP Professionals in India. Memberships are spread across the length and breadth of India. The India chapter conducts number of events around significant developments in IP. Few recent ones being on

  • Copyright Amendments
  • Judicial Developments in Patents

The India chapter seeks active participation from its members and also encourages inputs from outstation members for holding events in their cities as most events tend to be held in Delhi.