Edited by Frederick M. Abbott, Carlos M. Correa and Peter Drahos
Chapter 14: Patents and the emerging markets of Asia: ASEAN and Thailand
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) consists of ten countries, which are diverse in size and level of social and economic development. It comprises the world’s richest (i.e. Singapore and Brunei) and poorest countries (i.e. Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar). ASEAN’s integration into the globalized world economy has required its members to work towards transforming the pattern of their economic development and collaboration in order to enable their businesses to compete internationally. One initiative that member countries of ASEAN have recently taken is to form an ASEAN economic community that will progressively liberalize trade and investment in the region. This forging of a European-style single market will necessitate the harmonization of some elements of intellectual property (IP) law and policy so as to ensure that the protection and enforcement of IP rights do not result in the creation of barriers to regional trade. The purpose of this chapter is to examine ASEAN regional economic integration and discuss the role IP plays in the integration process. The chapter also intends to survey the current developments of IP law and policy within ASEAN and to examine the IP infrastructures and institutions of ASEAN members. The aim is to determine the readiness for the ASEAN economic community and to outline what is required for the protection and promotion of domestic creations and innovations of those countries.
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