Businesses around the world have embraced the importance of IP,
and this is especially true in Asia which many see as a
high-growth region. Notwithstanding complaints about the state
of IP protection in some countries here, the high number of
headline-grabbing disputes in jurisdictions such as China and
India show an increasing reliance on intellectual property.
Governments in Asia increasingly see the value of IP and are
touting their expertise and support for rights owners.
Even smaller jurisdictions like Hong Kong and Singapore are
in the act. Singapore has long touted its goal to be a
centre for IP services, and in August hosted its
Global Forum on Intellectual Property, a week-long event
featuring speakers such as David Kappos and Francis Gurry. Hong
Kong also has
plans to be an IP trading hub based on its advantage in
providing support support for this marketplace, not to mention
its proximity to China.
This Thursday and Friday, Hong Kong is hosting its own
intellectual property conference to help strengthen its role as
an IP marketplace. Business of IP (BIP) Asia, organised by the
Hong Kong Trade Development Council, will feature keynote
speakers Tian Lipu of SIPO and CY Leung, the Chief Executive of
Hong Kong (right), and will focus on the commercialisation of
Of course, with this increased interest on IP in the region,
more and more IP litigation is inevitable. China, for example,
a 46% increase in IP litigation in 2012, with 87,419 cases
filed. To highlight this trend, Managing IP will be hosting a
panel at BIP Asia announcing the cases of the year from around
the region. I will be sitting down with representatives from
the winning parties to discuss each dispute, what important
legal issues were involved, and what lessons do these cases
teach rights holders about doing business in their
jurisdiction. Though it would be unseemly to reveal the cases
before the event, some of the biggest brands in the world
including Huawei and Longchamp were involved.
If you find yourself in Hong Kong in later this week, you
can register for BIP Asia here.
Be sure to stop by and say hello.