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29 April 2019

Singapore promises fast track for AI-related patent applications

The city-state’s patent office is touting six month turnaround – regardless of nationality – in a bid to spur local and overseas filings

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

27 September 2018

Patents in Asia 2018/2019: Singapore

Top legal experts in Singapore provide an exclusive insight into the country’s patent prosecution and litigation strategy for 2018

20 July 2018

China and South Korea will displace the West as the world’s innovation leaders by 2029

New report claims status of US, EU and UK as leading innovators under threat as they struggle to maximise return on R&D investment. 

13 March 2018

If Trump really wants to protect Qualcomm’s long-term prospects perhaps he should get on the phone to Apple

President Trump’s decision yesterday to effectively block Broadcom’s $117 billion proposed takeover of Qualcomm on national security grounds confirmed what had become increasingly apparent in recent days – that the US authorities had taken a dim…

24 April 2017

We need to change the way we talk about IP; it's value, not law, that's key - says Singapore agency chief

As part of their conference package, delegates at tomorrow’s IPBC China event here in Beijing will be receiving the third issue of our Chinese-language magazine, which just hit my desk last week. Alongside translations of some of our most popular…

17 February 2017

Singapore may be about to roll out the red carpet for NPEs – and start one or two of its own

A new Singapore government report recommends “bringing in” or creating patent monetisation entities, as well as other kinds of other intermediary, to boost the country’s IP commercialisation capabilities. Published earlier this week, the report…

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…

06 January 2017

The signs suggest that IP monetisation activity is on the rise in Southeast Asia, says A*STAR tech transfer chief

Talk about IP value creation opportunities in Asia, and inevitably for most of us the first thing that springs to mind is China. More often than not, the 10 countries and 625 million people lying to the south of the Middle Kingdom that make up the…

05 July 2016

Patent reform in the US may drive us to use trade secrets more, says IP chief of top Asian R&D centre

The patent system in Europe is facing an uncertain future in the aftermath of Britain's vote to leave the European Union. But there is still plenty of evidence to suggest that the IP market’s centre of gravity is shifting further from the United…

30 May 2016

For IP service providers Guangdong is a go-to venue as patent monetisation activity increases there

The IP Office of Singapore (IPOS) has announced plans to open its first satellite office in Guangzhou, in the Chinese region of Guangdong. The destination says a lot about where the patent world’s centre of gravity is shifting to. Guangdong is in…

06 May 2016

There is still a fight on to become Asia's IP hub, but it may be an idea whose time has come and gone

This morning I spoke with a US-based corporate patent strategist passing through Asia about the efforts of various countries, cities and city-states in the region to establish themselves as ‘IP hubs’, creating a more concrete market for the…

06 October 2015

Misinformation and misinterpretation abound as the TPP passes after years of wrangling

Negotiators from 12 Pacific Rim countries announced yesterday that they had reached agreement on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a trade liberalisation pact covering 40% of the world’s economy which has proven controversial for, among other…