Most Common Intellectual Property Rights Problems: Focus On South – East Asia

Intellectual Property (IP) protection is an essential strategy for securing a return on investment in innovation, offering IP owners a competitive edge.. SMEs invest a huge amount of time, energy and money related to endeavours in R&D and marketing, yet frequently neglect that, in most countries, the only way to enjoy exclusive rights over their creative efforts and their business identity (trademark) is through IP registration [1]

A wide range of foreign industries are now looking […]

By | June 27th, 2019 ||

Canada: Five Golden Rules For Patenting Your Tech

There’s no question that intellectual property is the lifeblood of the global tech sector, and growing companies that play fast and loose with their patents do so at their own peril. Indeed, for many startups, a poorly filed application or unwitting early disclosure could pose an existential threat.

We’ve outlined below some golden rules to help your company devise and implement an airtight patent strategy.
1. Act now

Canada is a first-to-file jurisdiction, meaning a patent is […]

By | June 12th, 2019 ||

Hop aboard the bullet train to Japanese patent numbering

In May, Japan entered a new era, known as Reiwa, following the abdication of Emperor Akihito, and, consequently, ending the Heisei era. You may be asking, “What does this have to do with Japanese patent numbers?”, and these days the answer is “not much”, but that hasn’t always been the case.

Prior to 2000, the Japanese patent numbering system used the Emperor year (the number of years since the current Emperor ascended the Chrysanthemum Throne) […]

By | June 12th, 2019 ||