Asia-Pacific Development Journal

The Asia-Pacific Development Journal (APDJ) is published twice a year by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific. The primary objective of the APDJ is to provide a platform for the exchange of knowledge, experience, ideas, information and data on all aspects of economic and social development issues and concerns facing the region and aims to stimulate policy debate and assist policy formulation. The APDJ provides a scholarly means for bringing together research work by eminent social scientists and development practitioners from the region and beyond for use by a variety of stakeholders. The Journal aims to stimulate policy debate and assist policy formulation in the region.


Intellectual property rights and enterprise development: Some policy issues and options in ASEAN

Intellectual property (IP) is a form of knowledge or intellectual activity embodied in various ways in the production and marketing of goods and services of an industrial, scientific, literary or artistic nature. At the micro level IP has been a significant source of growth and a major driver of competitive strategies virtually across the globe. This paper analyses the divergence between enterprise development and IP creation in the ASEAN region. The paper highlights the fact that most IP assets, particularly patents, are not formally registered in the ASEAN group of countries. This is due to the complexity and high transaction costs of registering IP assets. The paper indicates the strong need for more research into the nature and characteristics of technological progress at the enterprise level and how best to adapt formal IP registration systems so that enterprises can be encouraged to register their technological innovations and derive benefit from them.


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