South-East Asia IPR Basics Series: Patents in Singapore

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PatentsToday we’re continuing with our South-East Asia IPR Series with another core area of Singaporean IP law, the law of patents. Patents are essential, especially to those operating in the mechanical or electrical engineering sector, or manufacturing goods anywhere in the world.

A solid patent portfolio can prevent the copying and manufacturing of products by competitors and allows SMEs to exploit their inventions free from competition.

In addition, monitoring competitors patent portfolios and applications can provide useful information on their business strategy and product direction, thus enabling SMEs to react in advance of product releases to better handle threats to their market position presented by products utilising these new features or processes.

Singapore has recently been named ASEANs first International Patent Search and Examination Authority under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT), and has the most developed legislation and procedures in the region.

So read on, and if you have any queries, feel free to contact our experts at the South-East Asia IPR SME Helpdesk for free, tailored advice.

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Webinar: IPR Protection Strategies for EU SMEs from the Manufacturing Industry in Indonesia

manufacturingJoin the South-East Asia IPR SME Helpdesk expert Andrew Conduit on Wednesday, 23 September 2015 for a webinar on “IPR Protection Strategies for EU SMEs from the Manufacturing Industry in Indonesia”

The webinar will provide an overview  about the most relevant IP issues for European SMEs interested in the manufacturing industry, in Indonesia.

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China’s Smartphone Addiction and IPR for App Developers

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8585049088_9d1dbcdf1f_kIn 2014 China’s iOS App downloads surged with a 30% increase in quarterly downloads between Q1 2014 and Q1 2015. This rapid growth, stimulated by the release of the iPhone 6 and heavy investment in Apple’s retail presence in the country, has pushed China to the top spot for App downloads worldwide[1].

Asia is leading a mobile revolution, replacing older, less transportable technologies with a ‘mobile-first’ tech culture. Smartphone penetration in China is far deeper than anywhere in the West, many new users skipping desktop computing entirely in their adoption of smartphones and tablets[2]. In China alone it is estimated that there are more than 700 million active smartphones and there is still potential for further growth as lower cost alternatives increasingly cater for the lower end of the market.

These statistics, coupled with recent developments in Chinese mobile user payment structures makes China a very attractive market for existing and potential app developers, with content creators flocking to take advantage of the newly minted market.

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South-East Asia IPR Basics Series: Copyright in Singapore

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copyright page 7Another day, another Insider post on South-East Asian IPR! Continuing with our Singapore series, today’s article covers all the basics you’ll need to know to get started protecting your Copyright in Singapore.

Copyright is essential for the protection of creative works, and whilst most jurisdictions protect it automatically upon creation, it is still worth knowing what is or isn’t protected, what rights you have and how best to protect and enforce those rights in the event of infringement.

So read on, and as always, if you have any questions feel free to get in touch with the South-east Asia SME IPR Helpdesk experts for free, tailored advice!

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South-East Asia IPR Basics Series: Trade Secrets in Singapore

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copyright_lockToday, continuing with our Southeast Asia IPR Series, we’re going to take a look at Singapore’s stance on trade secret protection.

Trade secrets are essential for the protection of confidential information which does not fall under the umbrella of other IP rights and can make or break a business moving into a new territory.

Below are a few tips we at the Helpdesk believe that SMEs will find useful when setting up shop in Singapore.

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