A New Look At Intellectual Property And Innovation In Africa

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By Patrick Terroir Africa: Dawn of a New Era Africa is a large continent with 54 countries. A solid average growth rate of more than five per cent over the past 15 years bears witness to the region’s impressive economic potential. A growing labour force and a large and emerging consumer market hold the promise […]

Top 3 IPR mistakes for SMEs in South-East Asia

By the South-East Asia IPR SME Helpdesk Team A wide range of foreign industries are now looking to Southeast Asia not just to take advantage of an abundance of cheap labour for exportables, but also to tap into new consumer markets formed from a growing middle-class population. While these opportunities can lead to substantial returns […]

Will blockchain technology fuel a new patent war or prevent one?

By Bruce Berman The race is on to gain control of a new technology that has the power to reinvent banking and make transactions and other agreements between parties cheaper, safer and easier to complete. Like disruptive inventions that preceded it, blockchain has businesses, large and small, jockeying for leadership. This means that patents are likely […]

Tips for Protecting your Brand in South-East Asia

By the South-East Asia IPR SME Helpdesk Team Business in South-East Asia – the facts and figures Economic growth in South-East Asia has been, and is likely to remain strong. As its economies have shifted from exports to a broader base of growth drivers, both consumption and investment in the region has soared[1]. Between 2015 […]

Prevention not cure: online IPR in South-East Asia

By the South-East Asia IPR SME Helpdesk Team South-East Asia possesses a population of around 600 million people; of these, there were 203 million internet users in South-East Asia at the end of 2014.[1] While the share of internet users varies by country (Myanmar’s internet penetration equates around 1.2%, whereas in Singapore it is around […]

The Four Horsemen of the IP Apocalypse – Conclusion

By Joren De Wachter The relationship between Intellectual Property and technology is a complex one. It is not clear how the causality runs – does Intellectual Property arise as a consequence of the Industrial Revolution, operating as a mechanism that slows down innovation and reverses redistribution of wealth (effectively ensuring that capital investment earns a […]

Where do IP related risks originate?

By Donal O’Connell Introduction: By its very nature, there are both rewards and risks associated with intellectual property (IP). Risk is the chance of something going wrong, and the danger that damage or loss will occur. Risk management is the process of analyzing exposure to risk and determining how best to then handle such exposure. […]