South-East Asia IPR Basics Series: Trademarks and Industrial Designs in Laos

BRAND on price labelsIndustrial designs and trademarks are intellectual property which protect the exterior design of a product and a company’s distinctive symbols, colors, and expressions, respectively. They are key parts corporate branding which readily identify a product’s origin and offer a quick guarantee of quality for consumers.

This article details rules in Laos’  Law on Intellectual Property concerning industrial design and trademark content, registration, protection, and enforcement. For SMEs seeking to develop their brand image and consumer goodwill in Laos, the information herein represents an important first step in guarding against counterfeiting and IP piracy.

Continue reading “South-East Asia IPR Basics Series: Trademarks and Industrial Designs in Laos” »

South-East Asia IPR Basics Series: Patents and Petty Patents in Laos

patent licence

Patents and petty patents (also known as utility models) are exclusive rights given to creators of inventions which solve technical problems. For companies, patents are an important part of IP portfolios and add legal protection to companies’ unique innovations and technological solutions in manufacturing or industry.

This article details rules in Laos’  Law on Intellectual Property concerning patent content, registration, protection, and enforcement. For SMEs seeking to use their technological innovations in Laos, the information herein represents an important first step in guarding against counterfeiting and IP piracy.

Continue reading “South-East Asia IPR Basics Series: Patents and Petty Patents in Laos” »

Be IProtected: Cecile’s story – Part 1

Cecile manages a small European enterprise designing state of the art, environmentally friendly and beautifully designed public sanitation solutions. This month, we had a chance to discuss the company’s future plans and IP protection strategy with her.

Cecile first heard about the China IPR SME Helpdesk and its services when she attended one of our events during the 2014 Mission for Growth in Chengdu, China. She was interested to hear how to protect her company’s brand and designs in the Chinese market at this initial stage of her company’s internationalisation.

Continue reading “Be IProtected: Cecile’s story – Part 1” »

Industry Special: Chinese IPRs for GNSS Technologies

shutterstock_245934913Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) are essential for the operation of Global Positioning Systems (GPS) and Location Based Services (LBS) which we take for granted every day.

We use these systems every day, whether we’re looking for the nearest Starbucks on our smartphone, tracking package deliveries online, or using our GPS to get to the family Christmas gathering on time.

This article gives an outline of the IPRs relevant to all forms of GNSS tech, from chipsets to application software, which are essential to any company looking to exploit China’s ever expanding GNSS market.

If you have any further questions however, don’t hesitate to get in touch with one of our Helpdesk experts, for free, tailored advice to suit your needs.

Continue reading “Industry Special: Chinese IPRs for GNSS Technologies” »

South-East Asia IPR Basics Series: Registered Designs in Singapore

RegisteredToday’s South-East Asia IPR Series post is our last IPR basics post for Singapore and focuses on the protection of registered designs.

Registered design rights provide a crucial element of protection for goods which rely on a specific shape, configuration, pattern, or ornamentation as a key selling point. Singapore provides comprehensive protection for registered designs, including protection for intangible computer or device based designs such as those for Graphical User Interfaces.

As always, if you have any further questions regarding the information contained in this article, don’t hesitate to get in touch with one of our IP experts for free, tailored advice!

Continue reading “South-East Asia IPR Basics Series: Registered Designs in Singapore” »