In today’s blog post we are taking a closer look at IP protection in South-East Asia for the Automotive Industry, which continues to offer many business opportunities for the European SMEs. You will learn about patent protection and when it would be wiser to relay on trade secrets instead. We will also discuss how you can protect the design of your products and how to take care of your brand.
The automotive industry in South-East Asia has exhibited robust growth over the last few years. According to the latest statistics from the ASEAN Automotive Federation, combined motor vehicle sales in 7 major ASEAN countries (Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam and Brunei) reached 3.16 million in 2016, almost double the sales figure in 2006. Underpinned by increasing disposable income throughout the region and increasing demand for motor vehicles South-East Asia’s automotive market is expected to continue to grow rapidly. This also means that there will be promising business opportunities for European SMEs whose expertise and technology are especially sought after.
Taking into account the constant innovation that is at the forefront of the automotive industry, the importance of intellectual property as well as its protection and enforcement, are undeniable. Thus, when exploring the possibility of investing or expanding into the South-East Asian markets, European SMEs should be aware of the IP risks that they will face when operating in this region, in particular with respect to the new technologies and the ability to protect these technologies from local competitors. A comprehensive IP strategy is needed for succeeding in South-east Asia’s markets. Continue reading “IP Considerations for the Automotive Industry in South-East Asia” »
The automotive industry in China has seen rapid expansion over the last decade; the automotive parts market alone was worth RMB 1.5 trillion (€179 billion) in 2010 and the increasing volume of vehicle sales in the country predicts that the trend is set to continue. There are clear opportunities for European businesses to profit from this booming market but precautionary steps must be taken to meet the challenges that China poses.
When it comes to Intellectual Property (IP) protection, international small to medium-sized businesses that invest in the local automotive industry should be aware of the IP risks that they run when operating in China, and the main tools at their disposal to protect against those risks.
Currently, the most important factors that allow international automotive businesses to operate in Chinese Tier 1 and Tier 2 markets, are their established contacts with global car manufacturers (the Original Equipment Manufacturers, or OEMs who produce parts or components for sale to other manufacturers to market under their own brand name – for more information you can watch the China IPR SME Helpdesk webinar on OEM in China), their technological capabilities, and their reputation for quality. This gives them an edge over many Chinese competitors that are relatively new and lack the regimented processes that are required to guarantee a high level of quality. Therefore IP – in particular with regards to new technologies and the ability to protect this technology from Chinese competitors – will be a key factor in the battle for market share. Continue reading “Protection of IPR in the Automotive Industry in China” »
The Philippines is home to manufacturing for a number of components of varying sizes for European automobiles. These parts form both the guts of the car–the plugs and wires that let it run–and the brains of the car–the chips and sensors that let it optimise its performance and incorporate smart tech.
In this article, we will address IP concerns for SMEs involved in the manufacture of these components for use in their own items or for sale to automakers, with a specific focus on smart car technology.