- Publication date
- 30 June 2014
- Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs
A patent is an exclusive right granted for the protection of new inventions, which are products or processes offering new technical solutions or providing new ways of doing something. Obtaining patent protection is a crucial aspect of business in the modern global economy. Increasingly, the economic strength and growth potential of a company is being assessed by its patent portfolio. This guide highlights the differences in patents and patent protection throughout the ASEAN region.