Philippines off the US IP watch list


shutterstock_89259433After nearly 20 years on the United States’ watch list of countries with intellectual property (IP) concerns, the Philippines was removed from the list last year and have managed to keep off it for the second consecutive year. Continue reading “Philippines off the US IP watch list” »

First Singapore Patent Recognized in Cambodia


shutterstock_56485213Last month marks the first Singapore patent to be granted by Cambodia after the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS) and Cambodia’s Ministry of Industry and Handicraft (MIH) in January.

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The Philippines gets IP-ready for the ASEAN Economic Community



A few months ago we looked at how the members of ASEAN would be adapting their IP systems in the run-up to the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) of 2015. We questioned whether it would be business as usual or whether this meant we would see real change in the region allowing for a more fluid and internally-accessible market. We have slowly started noticing a shift, most notably with the Philippines Continue reading “The Philippines gets IP-ready for the ASEAN Economic Community” »

Southeast Asian Unity Approaches



The ASEAN IPR SME Helpdesk takes a look ahead towards the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) in 2015. Is this the beginning of a new era for foreign companies in Southeast Asia or business as usual?

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First to score, first to file: trade marking goal celebrations at the World Cup


Your IP Insider was supposed to be investigating the latest IPR developments in China and Southeast Asia but despite all best efforts, our attention keeps getting drawn to a little event starting in Brazil on Thursday….

Following the London 2012 Olympics, China saw a rush of applications to register Usain Bolt’s ‘Lightning Bolt’ celebration as a Trade Mark (note that Usain Bolt did not apply). That got us thinking; who has a goal celebration that would be worthy of trade marking? In the past there have been some famous candidates (think of Bebeto’s 1994 ‘Baby-rocking’) as well as some that were more, well, infamous (Peter Crouch’s 2006 ‘Robot’, anyone?!). Below are five celebrations that could make it into the global consciousness if their perpetrators have a successful tournament.

Picture source: Anos Noventa

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