South-East Asia IPR SME Helpdesk

IP Considerations for the Manufacturing Industry in South-East Asia

Manufacturing is one of the key drivers of growth in South-East Asia, with more and more South-East Asian countries winning manufacturers over from China due to lower labour costs, rising domestic consumption and improving infrastructure. The South-East Asian region offers vast opportunities for EU SMEs that are looking to expand their presence in the region. In so doing, however, EU SMEs should be aware of the intellectual property (IP) risks that they will face when operating in this region, in particular with respect to the advanced technology that may be transferred to this region as part of the collaboration and joint venture with their local partners.