The 10 ASEAN Member States have the ASEAN Patent Examination Co-operation (ASPEC) program. Although it started in 2009, it hasn't been widely used yet. The ASPEC program is the first regional work sharing program amongst the ASEAN group of countries. It allows an ASEAN country to accept the examination or search export from another ASEAN patent office. It enables fast track examination. Another goal is
reduce duplication on the search and examination work, thereby saving each state time and effort. Interesting English operates as the language of ASPEC.