Links for business
IPO Representative - the IPO has appointed an IP attaché, based in the British High Commission in Singapore, to cover the UK’s key southeast Asian markets alongside representatives from UKTI and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. The position is central to the government’s plans to enhance trade relations and to support IP and innovation-led businesses abroad.
British businesses looking for access to intellectual property advice and support should email Desmond.Tan@fco.gov.uk.
Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN) Helpdesk - supports European Union small and medium sized enterprises to both protect and enforce their IP rights in or relating to ASEAN, through the provision of free information and services. These take the form of jargon-free, first-line, confidential advice on IP and related issues, plus training, materials and online resources.
UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) - works with UK-based businesses to ensure their success in international markets, and encourage the best overseas companies to look to the UK as their global partner of choice.
UK-ASEAN Business Council (UKABC) - helps UK businesses looking to find out more about the opportunities in the region, and those wanting to start doing business there.
British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) - is a network of chambers of commerce across the UK and provides a variety of business advice, services and support to its members. The BCC helps businesses at every stage, including start-up, development and growth. They also offer advice to businesses looking to enter international markets.
World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) - are an executive agency of the United Nations and are responsible for IP rights internationally. Their website includes information on what IP protection is available internationally and tips on how to apply.
World Trade Organization (WTO) - run by its member states, they negotiate agreements to enhance international trade, with a vision to increase economic growth and development. It also provides a legal framework for these trade agreements and to settle disputes that arise.
For further IP guidance to other Southeast Asian markets, see the ASEAN helpdesk’s country factsheets.