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Intellectual property law in Southeast Asia : Recent legislative and institutional developments

Antons, Christoph 2006, Intellectual property law in Southeast Asia : Recent legislative and institutional developments, Journal of Information, law & technology, vol. 1, no. Special Issue, pp. 1-12.

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Title Intellectual property law in Southeast Asia : Recent legislative and institutional developments
Author(s) Antons, Christoph
Journal name Journal of Information, law & technology
Volume number 1
Issue number Special Issue
Start page 1
End page 12
Total pages 12
Publisher Queen's University Belfast, School of Law
Place of publication Belfast, Northern Ireland
Publication date 2006
ISSN 2042-115X
Summary Over the last few decades, countries belonging to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) all had to revise their intellectual property systems. These revisions resulted at first from bilateral pressure of major trading partners such as the US and EU, then from the WTO-TRIPS Agreement and more recently from bilateral Free Trade Agreements. To observe the IP developments in ASEAN over this period is interesting, because this group of countries covers developed (Singapore), developing as well as least developed countries. All countries had to reform their outdated laws from the colonial era in very short time. However, in comparison to the early 1980s, important differences with regards to intellectual property policies have emerged in recent years.

This article will briefly sketch the developments in individual ASEAN countries and after that examine some broader trends in law making, IP administration, enforcement and the court system. It concludes that the ASEAN enlargement process has created a very diverse picture with regards to IP. With the fast pace of the legislative development, countries have been struggling to keep up with the creation of the institutional and administrative framework. Progress in the ASEAN harmonisation process has been limited. Statistics indicate that some of the new laws have been reasonably well received at the domestic level, while the patent sector remains foreign dominated.
Notes Reproduced with the kind permission of the copyright owner.
Language eng
Field of Research 189999 Law and Legal Studies not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970118 Expanding Knowledge in Law and Legal Studies
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2006, The Author
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