Asia a global innovation powerhouse: World Economic Forum

With intellectual property monetisation and management a core influencer of business and economic performance, Asia has established itself as a global innovation powerhouse.


Based on 2014-15 World Economic Forum data:

  • Three of the world’s ten most competitive countries, as ranked by the World Economic Forum, sit within Asia: Singapore (2), Japan (6) and Hong Kong (7).
  • Three of the world’s ten most innovative countries rest within the region: Japan (4), Singapore (9) and Taiwan (10).

Asia Attractiveness

Asian markets provide some of the most exciting opportunities for growth – within some of the most challenging and dynamic intellectual property frameworks.

  • Many Asian countries have relatively young IP systems
  • Many of their governments are still reconciling the demands of foreign trading partners, including as they relate to their rules on patents, trademarks, copyright, trade secrets and other intellectual
    property rights violations
  • Though a large number of IP professionals practise in the region, there is significant variance and inconsistency in the degree of skill
    and competence on offer.

The countries in which IP protection is sought today will have a significant influence on the IP owner’s well-being in the future. Fortunately, booming industries, such as manufacturing, electronics and healthcare, are placing pressure on Asian governments to strengthen the available IP protection. Remarkable progress has been achieved through a combination of legislation, law enforcement, capacity building, education and international cooperation.

Nevertheless, ensuring your IP position in Asia is as strong as possible – and enforceable, should the need arise – is paramount to success in Asia. Shelston IP has a wealth of experience, built up over decades, in obtaining and enforcing IP rights across Asia – seamlessly and cost-efficiently.

Click here to learn more about our Eastern Bound solution, or contact our key contacts detailed below.


 Russell Davies, Patent Attorney, Sydney, Australia Russell Davies
Principal – Mechanical Engineering
+61 2 9777 1179
Paul Harrison, Patent Attorney, Sydney, Australia Paul Harrison
Principal – Chemical Engineering
President, Asia Patent Attorneys Association (Australia)
+ 61 2 9777 1130
Charles Tansey, Patent Attorney, Sydney, Australia Charles Tansey, PhD
Principal – Chemistry
+ 61 2 9777 1192
Jack Redfern, Patent Attorney, Sydney, Australia Jack Redfern
Principal – Electronics & IT
+ 61 2 9777 1150
Jacinta Flattery-O'Brien, Patent Attorney, Sydney, Australia Jacinta Flattery-O’Brien, PhD
Principal – Biotechnology & Pharmaceuticals
+ 61 2 9777 1187

Trade Marks

 Sean McManis, Trade Mark Attorney, Sydney, Australia Sean McManis
Principal – Trademarks
+ 61 2 9777 1131

Commercialisation & Litigation

Chris Bevitt, Intellectual Property Lawyer, Sydney, Australia Chris Bevitt
Principal – Commercialisation/Licensing
+ 61 2 9777 1457
Mark Vincent, Intellectual Property Lawyer, Technology Lawyer, Sydney, Australia Mark Vincent
Principal – Litigation
+ 64 9638 5300


Li Li, Patent Attorney, China, Sydney, Australia Li Li PhD
China Business Development Manager
+61 2 9777 1121


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Business Development Specialist – Japan
+61 2 9777 2482