Asean's disharmony with intellectual property

Dealing with a copycat culture and the need to protect traditional knowledge are part and parcel of IP issues for Asean

Talking about intellectual property in developing countries is often difficult and tricky. The issue is not a lack of entrepreneurship, innovation or original products in these countries. Rather, it is the availability of a sufficient support infrastructure for protecting intellectual property (IP).

Firstly, intellectual property concerns have to compete with myriad disparate needs of developing countries for resources, be it expertise, time or funds, and tend to be given less attention than more foundational needs like security and education.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 28, 2018, with the headline 'Asean's disharmony with intellectual property '. Print Edition | Subscribe