The article surveys present industrial property (patents, trademarks) and copyright laws in the ASEAN-countries (without Brunei), their historical anticedents in colonial legal frameworks and their contemporary relevance in the controversy over the legal protection of computer software as also of videos and musical recordings. It lays particular emphasis on the US' efforts to make the ASEAN countries accede international industrial property right and copyright conventions by linking these legal with trade issues. As the acceptance of international standards frequently arises out of economic weakness of the country concerned rather than genuine acceptance of intellectual and industrial property rights, the passing of respective laws may only shift the problem to the sphere of implementation and administrative control.
|Translated title of the contribution||Intellectual property and copyright in ASEAN countries: an overview|
|Number of pages||13|
|Journal||Asien: Deutsche Zeitschrift für Politik, Wirtschaft und Kultur|
|Publication status||Published - 1990|