We don’t need an IPR strategy for China….


With a number of years of operating the China IPR SME Helpdesk under our belt, we’ve seen many changes to the types of enquiries we receive, as sectoral trends shift and businesses adjust to a changing IPR environment.

However, certain enquiry and case profiles persist – it seems that many businesses still hold the view that they face lower risks in China, and accordingly pay less attention to IP, only to realise their shortfalls too little, too late.

Here we look at some common misconceptions from those that think the risks are negligible….

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Singapore stays ahead of the pack in ASEAN IPR – New Option for Patent Disputes



New developments in patent enforcement and resolution mean good new for foreign businesses enforcing their rights in Singapore, as guest contributors Dezan Shira explain….

Singapore already boasts one of the most advanced intellectual property rights regimes in Asia, not least motivated by the recent push to strengthen their position as a top intellectual property (IP) trading hub. And two weeks ago it furthered the internationalization of its IPR with a new IP settlement option for that will allow disputing parties to submit a disagreement to a World Intellectual Property Office (WIPO) approved expert.

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The Madrid Protocol, trade marks and Indonesia – The road ahead….


MP900382898ASEAN IPR SME Helpdesk expert, Cita Citrawinda, takes a look at trade mark law and implementation reform in Indonesia as it heads towards ratification of the Madrid Protocol. This post considers the challenges Indonesia still faces, and the pros and cons this presents for foreign SMEs doing, or looking to do business in Indonesia.

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Appearances do matter!


Intellectual property rights (IPR) infringements against consumer goods in China come mainly in the form of counterfeits. However, infringement is sometimes not so clear cut. Infringers may target the packaging and visual presentation, rather than the actual contents, functional design, and trade mark logo of a product. For many consumer goods, packaging can be key to the identity of the product and thus its market appeal, meaning a potential loss of sales and harm to the original producer’s reputation if counterfeits reach the shelves.

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