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29 November 2019

Patents in Asia-Pacific 2019/2020: The new innovation battleground

Businesses trying to deepen their knowledge of filing in Asia need look no further than this annual report, copublished by IAM and leading IP firms

31 October 2019

IAM honours Asia’s IP leaders

The winners of our annual Asia IP Elite awards for the teams, deal and individual of the year were revealed before a sold-out crowd at IPBC Asia 2019

15 October 2019

Manufacturing trends could shift patent focus from China

Samsung, Sony and Google are among the companies who are shifting smartphone production from China to Southeast Asia

28 August 2019

Asia's top IP owners revealed

Big filers, tough litigators and savvy dealmakers identified across eight industries in the run-up to IPBC Asia in Tokyo this October

24 May 2019

Southeast Asia – navigating the innovation landscape

Southeast Asia is home to a thriving high-tech sector, but the patent systems in many of the region’s economies remain in their infancy.

24 May 2019

Southeast Asia – navigating the innovation landscape

Southeast Asia is home to a thriving high-tech sector, but the patent systems in many of the region’s economies remain in their infancy.

21 February 2019

Startups from Southeast Asia have little to fear from IP but much to gain

At IPBC Southeast Asia, members of the region’s dynamic startup ecosystem heard that while IP may not yet be a critical threat to their business, it presents unique opportunities

05 February 2019

Building a corporate IP function in Thailand is no easy task, but the benefits are immense

Chaya Chandavasu, senior vice president for science and innovation at PTT Global Chemical, explains how IP strategy has helped the subsidiary of Thailand's state-owned oil and gas giant better understand its technology space and attract joint venture partners

06 March 2017

Monetisation may be some way off, but SE Asian companies have many reasons to get serious about IP

Just a couple of weeks back, IAM reported on a Singapore government proposal which suggested that the city-state may consider attracting or creating its own IP commercialisation entities. During last Friday’s IPBC Southeast Asia – our first…

09 February 2017

US corporates see mixed IP progress across Southeast Asian markets; TPP may make things worse

IP Bridge CEO Shigeharu Yoshii told this blog in a recent interview that the improving IP infrastructure in the ASEAN countries has given his firm the confidence to pursue numerous IP-centric business opportunities in the region. In fact, the…

07 April 2016

Thailand still a frontier zone for patent business, but attitudes there are slowly changing

I am back behind IAM’s Asia-Pacific desk in Hong Kong after a couple of days of meetings in Bangkok. When it comes to using IP as a business asset, Thailand is very much a frontier jurisdiction. But with Thai companies transitioning towars the…

10 September 2008

Supreme Court sets new precedent for figurative marks

Owners of figurative element marks have struggled to obtain trademark registrations from the IP Office since many limitations are imposed on such registrations. However, two recent Supreme Court judgments have set a new precedent, allowing the registration of Coca-Cola and Sprite bottles as figurative marks.

16 April 2008

Teething troubles over Paris Convention and PCT

Although the Thai government has voted to accede to the Paris Convention and the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT), it could be a while before patent applicants can enjoy the benefits of this decision. In particular, several laws will need amending in order to bring them into line with the obligations set out in both the convention and the PCT.

09 January 2008

New Copyright Act sets it sights on chaotic royalty collection

A revised Copyright Act, which contains provisions relating to royalty collection, has been proposed and now passed by the Office of the Council of State. It is hoped that the act will help to resolve deep-seated problems with the collection of royalties, including too many collecting societies and ungoverned royalty rates.