IP Law in Asia

Asian governments continue to stress the role of intellectual property rights in their strategic development plans for the creative industries and for national innovation systems. The ‘IP in Asia’ project has examined the development of the relatively young IP systems in the region, as governments try to reconcile the demands from foreign trading partners and from some of their own industries for stronger IP protection with those from consumers for easy access to content and to crucial knowledge. The forthcoming book on ‘Intellectual property and free trade agreements in the Asia-Pacific region’ will show the further expansion of the IP system under the influence of Free Trade Agreements. Other publications, such as the forthcoming book on ‘Intellectual property law in Southeast Asia’ will show the opportunities and limitations for intellectual property protected content and knowledge intensive industries in Australia’s neighbouring countries. 
The research on ‘IP in Asia’ has led to an extensive network of contacts. The forthcoming book on ‘Intellectual Property and Free Trade Agreements in the Asia Pacific Region’ is co-edited with Reto Hilty of the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition in Munich and includes contributors from universities and research institutes in Australia, Indonesia, Germany, Japan, USA, New Zealand, Korea, Singapore and Malaysia. The volume on ‘Intellectual property in Southeast Asia’ will include contributors from Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, Philippines and the United States. The research has led to further grants and international collaboration, for example with Agus Sardjono at the University of Indonesia in the context of an International Research Fellowship of the Faculty of Business and Law at Deakin University; and with Alexandra Denes at Mahidol University in Thailand on an ARC Discovery project examining the relationship between intellectual property law and intangible cultural heritage. The project has attracted international visitors such as Christoph Ann from the Technical University Munich. Antons has been invited to present his research in India and Germany and has been taking part in a major policy development initiative, the drafting of a Patent Declaration, convened by the National University of Singapore, Faculty of Law, and the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition. He is affiliated with two leading German research centres, the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition and the Center for Development Research at the University of Bonn.


Christoph Antons published the book Law and Society in East Asia (co-edited with Roman Tomasic) with Ashgate as part of their Ashgate Law in East Asia Series, and co-wrote the introductory chapter for this book. Three articles were also published in the European Intellectual Property Review, in Law in Context, and in Modern Asian Studies. A further publication with Springer, Intellectual Property and Free Trade Agreements in the Asia-Pacific Region (co-edited with Reto Hilty for the series Max Planck Institute Studies on Intellectual Property and Competition Law), will be sent to the publisher for release in early 2014. Also in progress are the Research Handbook of Intellectual Property Law in Southeast Asia (Edward Elgar), co-edited with Dr Rajeswari Kanniah, and the Routledge Handbook of Asian Law (Routledge). A publication proposal has been submitted to Routledge for a volume on Intellectual Property, Cultural Heritage and Indigenous Rights (co-edited with William Logan). Finally, Antons is developing a proposal for a book on Internet Freedom and the Law in Asia with co-editors Elizabeth Adeney and Claudio Bozzi). A further book chapter for a volume on ‘Protecting and Promoting Diversity With Intellectual Property Law’ (edited by Irene Calboli and Srividhya Ragavan for publication by Cambridge University Press in 2014) is close to submission.

Antons presented papers at seminars, workshops and conferences at Jindal Global Law School, Sonipat, Haryana, India; National Law University Delhi; Center for Development Research, University of Bonn; the Australia Myanmar Institute Inaugural Conference in Melbourne and at the Deakin School of Law Research Seminar Series. In July, he was invited by the National University of Singapore and the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition to participate in an international conference in Singapore. At the conference, IP lawyers from many countries drafted a Patent Declaration, to be released in 2014. The aim of the patent declaration is to point to the remaining flexibilities in the patent system after the conclusion of the WTO TRIPS Agreement. In 2014 he will be presenting papers at the Cultural Heritage: Environment, Ecology and Inter-Asian Interactions Conference, Nalanda University and the International Institute for Asian Studies, Rajgir (Bihar, India); and at the TRIPS + 20 Workshop of the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition in Munich. The TRIPS + 20 presentation will be published as part of a book, edited at the Max Planck Institute.

International visitor Professor Christoph Ann, Chair of Corporate and IP Law at the Technical University of Munich School of Management and the Munich Intellectual Property Law Center (MIPLC), gave a presentation on Patents and IP Protection to the judiciary, practitioners and academics at Deakin Prime in Melbourne.

In addition to his role as Senior Fellow, Center for Development Research (ZEF), University of Bonn, and Affiliated Research Fellow, Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition, Munich, Antons was appointed as Senior Associate at the Centre for Indonesian Law, Islam and Society (CILIS) at the University of Melbourne. He received an International Research Fellowship from the Faculty of Business and Law at Deakin University for collaborative IP research with Professor Agus Sardjono, Head of the IP Program at the University of Indonesia in Jakarta. Deakin also granted two PhD scholarships and a part-time post-doctoral position to research the relationship between intellectual property and intangible cultural heritage in Asia under Anton’s supervision as part of an ARC Discovery grant project.


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