By Geetha K.
Southeast Asia has been attracting an increasing number of foreign direct investments. The emerging markets of Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Philippines, Vietnam and Myanmar have been included in the expansion plans of most multinational corporations. In the 2015 ASEAN Business Outlook Survey, a report published by the US Chamber of Commerce in collaboration with its Southeast Asian counterparts, 58% of the companies surveyed found that the ASEAN markets are growing in importance in terms of the revenue earned over the past two years and 66% of the companies felt it will continue to grow in importance over the next two years.
By P. Kandiah
If one were to walk along the well-known streets of Kuala Lumpur often traversed by tourists, or patronize certain popular shopping complexes in the city, odds are one will find counterfeit merchandise such as watches, music CDs, digital video discs and T-shirts for sale. This brazen public display of knock-off products would give the common man the impression that Malaysia does not have a strong regime to protect intellectual property (IP). But is that the reality?
By Megha Anand
The debate on the patentability of software has always surrounded inventions in the domain of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) / Computer Implemented Inventions (CII). This uncertainty can be attributed to the fact that the ICT / CII domain was a nascent and evolving technology. Hence, most patent offices did not have definite guidelines for examining inventions in this domain.