IP Considerations for the Automotive Industry in South-East Asia

shift-1838138_1920 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[1], 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” »

IP Considerations for ICT Industry in South-East Asia

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The ICT sector is considered to play a pivotal role in supporting regional integration and connectivity efforts between the countries in South-East Asia. The latest ASEAN ICT Industry Masterplan 2016-2020 aims to propel ASEAN towards a digitally-enabled economy that is secure, sustainable, and transformative and to enable an innovative, inclusive and integrated ASEAN Community[1]. The ICT industry is one of the sectors presenting major business growth opportunities for EU SMEs in South-East Asia.

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South-East Asia IPR Basics Series: Copyrights and Trade Secrets in Laos

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Copyrights are the rights of a creator of a book, song, play, or other creative work over the use of that work. Trade secrets are the undisclosed information that a company uses to gain an advantage over its competitors. Both are important products of creative brainpower which can set an SME apart.

This article details rules in Laos’  Law on Intellectual Property concerning copyright and trademark registration, protection, and enforcement. For SMEs seeking to reap the rewards of their creativity and maintain a competitive edge in Laos, the information herein represents an important first step in guarding against counterfeiting and IP piracy.

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South-East Asia IPR Basics Series: Trademarks and Industrial Designs in Laos

BRAND on price labelsIndustrial designs and trademarks are intellectual property which protect the exterior design of a product and a company’s distinctive symbols, colors, and expressions, respectively. They are key parts corporate branding which readily identify a product’s origin and offer a quick guarantee of quality for consumers.

This article details rules in Laos’  Law on Intellectual Property concerning industrial design and trademark content, registration, protection, and enforcement. For SMEs seeking to develop their brand image and consumer goodwill in Laos, the information herein represents an important first step in guarding against counterfeiting and IP piracy.

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South-East Asia IPR Basics Series: Patents and Petty Patents in Laos

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Patents and petty patents (also known as utility models) are exclusive rights given to creators of inventions which solve technical problems. For companies, patents are an important part of IP portfolios and add legal protection to companies’ unique innovations and technological solutions in manufacturing or industry.

This article details rules in Laos’  Law on Intellectual Property concerning patent content, registration, protection, and enforcement. For SMEs seeking to use their technological innovations in Laos, the information herein represents an important first step in guarding against counterfeiting and IP piracy.

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