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Trade Mark Protection in Southeast Asia for SMEs – Registration and Trade Mark Search


A trade mark is an important asset with significant monetary value for a company. In this article, we outline the registration process for trade mark holders operating in Southeast Asia and review the key issues affecting SMEs’ intellectual property rights.

ASEAN Launches Joint Stock Index


Seven of the regional ASEAN stock exchanges are to jointly launch their own ASEAN/FTSE Index aimed at attracting greater international investment into the economic bloc.

Singapore Holding Companies’ Edge in ASEAN


In this article, we examine the factors that make Singapore the preferred destination for foreign direct investment in the ASEAN region.

ASEAN Briefing Turns One Year Old


In the year since we launched ASEAN Briefing, awareness of what ASEAN is and its importance to China, India and Asia as a whole has significantly increased.

April 2014 ASEAN Regional Meetings


There are a number of important meetings taking place in April, including the ASEAN Finance Ministers’ Meeting.

ASEAN Media Organizations Unite to Launch ePaper


ASEAN’s four leading English-language newspapers have united to launch a joint ePaper subscription that will seek to unite their readership on a single news platform.

The New U.S.-ASEAN Business Alliance for Competitive SMEs


The newly created U.S.-ASEAN Business Alliance for Competitive Small and Medium Sized Enterprises will foster the development of SMEs and increase their competitiveness in the markets of the ASEAN region and beyond.

New Issue of Asia Briefing: The Gateway to ASEAN: Singapore Holding Companies


In the newest issue of Asia Briefing Magazine, we highlight and explore Singapore’s position as a holding company location for outbound investment, most notably for companies seeking to enter ASEAN and other emerging markets in Asia.

Singapore Trade Confidence Reaches a Two-Year High


A twice-yearly survey conducted by HSBC showed that exporters in Singapore were optimistic about trading conditions in the coming months, with its Trade Confidence Index reaching a two-year high of 115. This is up 10 points from the previous survey covering the first half of 2013.

Philippines Tax Department Considers Lowering Taxes


The Philippines’ Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) Commissioner, Kim Henares, explained in an interview with ABS-CBN News Channel last Thursday that the BIR is considering draft proposals that will lower personal income taxes by 2015.

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