When it comes to patent transactions and investments, Asia is often treated as a single marketplace. Similar themes and trends do pervade throughout the region, but it goes without saying that Asia-Pacific is a big place of huge internal variation. Just as is the case with language and culture, there is a wide disparity between each Asian country in terms of sophistication and awareness when it comes to IP management, strategy and value creation. With this in mind, it is sensible to look at each of the major patent-owning countries in the region one by one, examining the specific IP market situation in each. Before we do that, it is worth taking a bird’s-eye view of some trends that are broadly relevant to the whole Asia-Pacific region.
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