Intellectual Property in Asia: Law, Economics, History and Politics

Intellectual Property

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Paul Goldstein and Joseph Straus


Berlin: Springer-Verlag, 2009


This collection of articles offers an overview of patent, copyright, and trademark rules in countries across Asia.

Policy Relevance

Countries like Japan have experience with intellectual property (IP) rules that could be helpful to Asian countries just developing an IP regime.

Main Points

  • Intellectual property rules are increasingly important in Asia’s developing markets. Harmonizing the rules across different Asian countries might have some benefits.

  • Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan have mature rules for copyright, trademark, and other aspects of intellectual property. They have overcome their earlier reliance on copying others’ technology.
    • Singapore also has strong intellectual property law.

  • Intellectual property enforcement is at an earlier stage of development in China,  India, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines, Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia.

  • Contributors include Dr. Peter Ganea, Tanuja Garde, Prof. Christoph Antons, Prof. Sadao Nagaoka, Ji-Hyun Park, Prof. Jin Haijun, Ferdinand M. Negre; Jonathan Q. Perez, Prof. Loy Wee-Loon, Prof. Paul Liu, Julia Sorg, and Dr. Viet D. Phan.

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