How IPR can help (or hinder) SME growth in Southeast Asia

By Samuel Sabasteanski Southeast Asia: A market driving future growth The Asian Century will see the continent’s middle class grow to account for roughly 60% of middle-class population and spending by 2030. Against this backdrop, ASEAN, a union of 10 countries in Southeast Asia, represents the seventh-largest economy in the world and the second-fastest growing […]

Why Business Fails to Generate Patenting Strategies that Protect Innovation Value and How to Make It Easier

By Jackie Hutter Business leaders often find the decision of whether to obtain patent protection for their company’s innovations to be difficult. Of course, conventional wisdom, not to mention legions of patent attorneys, assert that patents are “important” to “protect” one’s business. In my experience, however, few business people can clearly articulate specifically why and […]

China IP Case Study: Keeping Trade Secrets

By Alex Bayntun-Lees Nearly all businesses in all industries and sectors possess trade secrets. Trade secrets are a valuable and highly useful form of intellectual property that are nevertheless often undervalued and overlooked by their owners. This is not least the case in the service sector where the relative value of trade secrets as intangible assets […]

5 Reasons to Add Design Patents to your IP Portfolio

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By Justin Kunz, Douglas Yerkeson and Jeffrey Goodwin From smartphones to yoga clothing, sinks to software icons, design patents are the trending asset in intellectual property (IP) circles. Investments in design patents, which protect an article’s look or ornamental design, have been steadily increasing over time (see Fig. 1). Based on recent trends, we expect an increase […]

Intellectual Property in China’s Food and Beverage Industry

By Alex Bayntun-Lees In 2011, China surpassed the U.S. as the world’s largest consumer market for the food and beverage (F&B) industry, with the Chinese National Bureau of Statistics reporting an annual growth rate of around 15 per cent in F&B imports for the previous five years, totalling around US$98 billion by 2012. Chinese demand […]

China and the next Great Wall


By Adam Bulakowski Summary: Valuable IP will define an upcoming chapter in China’s growth story. China recognizes that innovation is an imperative for its long-term economic growth. Less discussed amongst the country’s initiatives to promote innovation is the fact that China’s national system for protecting IP rights continues to strengthen. The rapid evolution of China’s […]

Inventor awards

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By Donal O’Connell Reward & recognition: Most innovative businesses provide rewards and some form of recognition to inventors. There are two main reasons for having a reward and recognition program in place for inventors. Firstly in certain jurisdictions there are legal requirements to take into consideration. Secondly and more importantly, a good comprehensive reward and […]


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