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Intellectual Property in the UK: A Guide for ASEAN Business

Information on intellectual property in the UK for ASEAN businesses.

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The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is a growing economy, currently ranked as the 7th largest economy in the world. Foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows into Asia reached US$440 billion in 2013. UK-ASEAN trade, investment and technology cooperation is expanding rapidly alongside this, creating new business opportunities for companies from both countries. Two way flows of trade are important for all our economies.

The UK has an advanced and sophisticated IP legislative framework that has recently scored very highly in several assessments of IP environments (Taylor Wessing 2013 IP report and GIPC 2014 Report); the Intellectual Property Office (UK IPO) covers both rights granting for patents, trade marks and design rights, and leads on IP policy for all IP rights, including copyright. Businesses can enforce their IP rights in the UK through the UK court system, local government Trading Standards divisions and border measures.

To know more about Intellectual Property in the UK, download the guide attached.