Espresso IP 4: Industrial designs in the Philippines

espressoIP-01Patents protect what’s inside a device. Trade marks protect your logos and symbols. But what protects the shape of the device itself? That would be industrial designs, the IP responsible for the distinctive shapes and designs of iPods, Beats headphones, and Hummers.

In this podcast, hosts Alexander Bayntun-Lees and Samuel Sabasteanski discuss the intellectual property laws governing industrial designs in the Philippines, including applications, examinations, and protection. As always, for more information on protecting your IP, send our South-East Asia IPR SME Helpdesk experts a message.

Espresso IP 004 – Industrial designs in the Philippines (Length – 3:56)

South-East Asia IPR Basics Series: Industrial designs in the Philippines

j0433062Industrial designs are the unique shapes and colours which distinguish your product’s appearance. Whereas a trade mark is a logo or other symbol which identifies your brand, an industrial design is the sleek curves or shapes which make a iPad or Toberlone bar look so distinct.

In this edition of our South-East Asia IPR Basics series, we will look at how industrial designs are handled in the Philippines. For more information, be sure to visit our website or contact one of our experts.

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South-East Asia IPR Basics Series: Using Customs Controls In Vietnam

dreamstime_m_24720610Our final article for the Vietnam series covers how SMEs can work with Vietnamese authorities to use customs controls as an effective tool against infringement.

Customs can provide a last line of defence against infringement, stopping existing infringing goods from leaving or entering a country. This brief article gives an overview of Vietnam’s existing customs controls and gives some advice on how SMEs can work with the authorities to prevent the spread of infringing goods.

If, after reading you still feel all at sea, just get in touch with our experts and they’ll put you back on track!

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South-East Asia IPR Basics Series: Industrial Designs in Vietnam

Having looked at Vietnamese patent law earlier this week, we thought we’d round off the week with a look at how industrial designs are protected in Vietnam.

Industrial designs are important to any manufacturer who relies on the physical appearance of their products to attract customers and entice potential buyers to choose their offering over the competition.

As such, features protectable as industrial designs can be used both purely as a form of aesthetic enticement, as well as a way of identifying your products, helping them stand out amongst a myriad of similar goods.

As always, if you have any questions, just ask!

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