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Number of IP Filings In The Philippines Increaes By 20% In First Half

In the first half of 2021, filings for intellectual property (IP) protection increased by 20% year on year as the economy recovered from eased lockdown restrictions and the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) was successful in emphasizing the importance of IP in business...

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Counterfeit goods in South-East Asia: Saving money may risk your health

Over recent decades, counterfeiting has been causing serious harm, not only to the global economy but also to consumer health and safety. The huge, quickly generated profits made from illicit trading (comprising counterfeiting activities) has encouraged counterfeiters to find new ways to evade the..

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Singapore: First Reading of the Copyright Bill

On 6 July 2021, the Singapore parliament tabled the Copyright Bill for the First Reading. The Bill introduces key changes and is the first amendment of copyright legislation drafted since 2011.

*The Second Reading of the Bill will be in September 2021

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Effects of the TRIPS Transition Period Extension on Myanmar

On June 29, 2021, World Trade Organization (WTO) members approved another 13-year extension of the least developed country (LDC) transition period for applying the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS). The extension came as a result of a last-minute consensus...

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The role of IP offices in Asia’s pandemic-riddled business landscape

Asia is now seeing a resurgence of Covid 19 cases driven largely by the dreaded Delta variant. Some countries in the region are even posting record numbers in terms of daily infections like Malaysia and the Philippines. Indonesia also posted a record number of deaths from the virus on August...

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Registering your name as a trade mark in Thailand is simple, right?

Brand owners, celebrities, designers and other well-known figures, usually prefer to use their names as their trade mark. This helps the public easily recognise and differentiate their products from competitors. As easy as it sounds to register your name as a trade mark, registering such marks in...

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Promising Courtroom Win for Trademarking Video Game Titles in Thailand

The title of a video game is likely one of the most valuable assets that a game developer holds. Registering a game title as a trademark secures exclusive rights over that title and prevents third parties from using it for games or related goods or services of their own.