Many companies take advantage of cheaper costs by sourcing products or components from South-East-Asia. While ASEAN countries can present SMEs with many benefits when sourcing there are also many challenges! Presented below are some of the most important issues concerning IP risks when sourcing from ASEAN countries. For an SME it is not an option to spend vast resources on protecting the company's assets – solutions need to be affordable and practical. But it is NOT recommendable to start sourcing from ASEAN countries without having made initial efforts to minimise IP risks and secure your business. IP has often turned out to be a show-stopper if not considered for SMEs in ASEAN countries.