Navigating Asia’s labyrinth of trademark laws is a challenge for the most savvy operation. Laws and regulations in some jurisdictions change without notice, so we asked some of the region’s top IP law firms to bring you up to speed on what you need to do – and where you need to watch out
A common catchry regarding IP and trademark law in asia is “I wished I had’ve known then what I know now”. Marks can be used and abused, and brand owners big and small can be forgiven for thinking that some laws seem designed to help the infringer rather than the hapless mark owners and their legal teams.
So with this is mind, Asia Business Law Journal approached some of the best intellectual property law firms in the major jursidictions within Asia to help us produce this comprehensive regional comparison on trademark laws.
Each firm was asked to provide a list of practical details with regard to the law of the land on trademarks as an at-a-glance, easy-to-read guide for referral and comparison.
In addition, the firms were asked to complete a short precis of the main concerns that they could identify on IP trademark law in their jurisdiction. Issues include areas like trademark protection, squatters, searches and registration, infringements and litigation, and so on. The responses are an eye opener, with each firm offering distinctive advice on mark protection in their part of the region. From advanced jurisdictions like Hong Kong and Singapore to developing ones like Vietnam and Cambodia, we hope you enjoy this comparison.