Who owns the ‘selfie stick’? How to protect your IP in South-East Asia



Copyright: Chetan Kolluri

Love it or hate it, the selfie stick is here to stay (at least temporarily). The extendable pole, with a handle at one end and a smartphone or camera attachment at the other, was nominated by TIME Magazine as 2014’s top invention, and the word ‘selfie’ was entered into the Oxford English Dictionary in the same year.[1] According to Bloomberg, more than 100,000 of the extendable ‘narcissticks’ were sold in the US in December 2014 alone.[2] Amazon figures substantiate Bloomberg’s claims, demonstrating a 301% increase in selfie stick sales between September and November 2014.[3]

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South-East Asia IPR Basics Series: Using Thai Customs to Protect IPRs

creative picture3Customs agencies can be an IP rights holder’s best friend when it comes to detecting and preventing the movement of infringing goods from one jurisdiction to another.

This article looks into the organisations and systems in place in Thailand which IP rights holders can exploit to better protect their products from infringement. This is an area which is often overlooked but can provide a powerful weapon against piracy and counterfeit product exports.

As always, more help is just a click away: Get in touch with a Helpdesk expert for free, tailored advice for your business.

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Espresso IP 7: Trade marks in Vietnam

espressoIP-01Bond. James Bond. A man of mystery and a very high-profile name in films. When protecting this highly classified name, Bond’s creators have consistently turned to brands’ best IP friend–trade marks, which protect the logos and symbols that identify products.

In this podcast, hosts Alexander Bayntun-Lees and Samuel Sabasteanski discuss the intellectual property laws governing trade marks in Vietnam and how to have infringers shaking (not stirred) in their boots. As always, for more information on protecting your IP, send our South-East Asia IPR SME Helpdesk experts a message.


Espresso IP 007 – Trade marks in Vietnam (Length – 7:37)

South-East Asia IPR Basics Series: Protecting Trade Secrets in Thailand

CaptureIn today’s fast paced and information reliant world of business, trade secrets can make or break a company’s chances for success.

Now everybody knows that the best way to keep a secret is… well to keep it secret. But if you absolutely have to tell somebody, this article should give you some pointers on how to protect your business against information leakage in Thailand.

At the Helpdesk we always advise that SMEs seek professional legal advice when dealing with complex issues, and this is never more important than when drafting contracts and Non-Disclosure Agreements etc. However, if you need some help finding appropriate legal help, or just need some pointers as to what you should be looking for, get in touch with our experts today!

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Writing a good manufacturing non-disclosure agreement in China

shangwushuxie2_344In China, even searching for a manufacturer can be perilous. Revealing too much information off the bat can allow a prospective manufacturer to appropriate your IP and leave you with little recourse. To prevent this, a solid non-disclosure agreement is essential.

In this article, we cover some things which should be included in any non-disclosure agreement you sign with Chinese manufacturers before your partnership begins. For more information, send our experts a message and get personalised advice.

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