OSAKA – The first-ever conference on intellectual property rights sponsored by private citizens from member nations of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation opened here Tuesday with the aim of proposing a user-friendly system for corporate and individual inventors.

Businesspeople, academics and patent lawyers from 18 APEC member economies discussed how they can cooperate to effectively utilize patents and trademarks at the two-day APEC Intellectual Property Rights Business Conference, hosted by the Japan Institute of Invention and Innovation.

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