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In today’s knowledge economy, a large part of the value of your business is based on intangible assets and goodwill. Your intellectual property plays a key role in obtaining a competitive advantage. A cohesive IP strategy, including both commercialisation and enforcement, will ensure you get maximum value from your portfolio. With 150 specialist lawyers in 34 countries, we understand your business needs and have worked with some of the best-known brands, from banks to tech companies, pharmaceuticals and FMCG companies. This industry-specific approach can help you realise your commercial goals.

The right brands will win the hearts and minds of your customers. The right patents will prevent others exploiting your ideas or provide a substantial barrier to market access. Copyright, confidentiality and rights to designs also play a vital role. We focus on key sectors relevant to you such as lifesciences, automotive, manufacturing, consumer products, financial services and TMC. This means you get in-depth industry knowledge as well as legal expertise.


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24/11/2021
On the Pulse
Wel­come to CMS ‘On the Pulse’ video/pod­cast series for all Life Sci­ences & Health­care pro­fes­sion­als – leg­al, com­pli­ance, reg­u­lat­ory
27/10/2021
Epis­ode #1 - Nav­ig­at­ing the data pro­tec­tion land­scape in Asia, in­clud­ing...
Nick Beck­ett (Beijing/Hong Kong) chats with Jonath­an Chu (Hong Kong) and Sheena Jac­ob (Singa­pore) on data pro­tec­tion and in par­tic­u­lar:Does Asia need a GDPR equi­val­ent? The new China PIPL - should com­pan­ies be con­cerned? Cross-bor­der trans­fers of per­son­al data in Asia - cut­ting through the thick­et So you have a breach in Asia - how to man­age a data breach in this part of the world Cy­ber­se­cur­ity laws and reg­u­la­tion of crit­ic­al sec­tors - the new na­tion­al se­cur­ity fron­ti­er
26/10/2021
CMS Tech In­nov­a­tion Asia
Wel­come to CMS’s ‘Tech In­nov­a­tion Asia’ video/pod­cast series for pro­fes­sion­als deal­ing with leg­al, com­pli­ance, IP and reg­u­lat­ory is­sues in the Asia-Pa­cific re­gion.
04/10/2021
APAC IP Up­date  – Au­gust/Septem­ber 2021
China Pat­ent Link­age Sys­tem now avail­able in China On 4 Ju­ly 2021, the Na­tion­al Med­ic­al Products Ad­min­is­tra­tion (NMPA) and the China Na­tion­al In­tel­lec­tu­al Prop­erty Ad­min­is­tra­tion (CNIPA) jointly an­nounced...
06/09/2021
Trans­fer of IP rights in Singa­pore
Pat­ents: As­sign­ment 1. How may a pat­ent be as­signed (by law and/or trans­ac­tion) and is it re­quired to re­cord the as­sign­ment in the na­tion­al pat­ent re­gister to be­come ef­fect­ive?  How may a pat­ent be...
Comparable
29/07/2021
APAC IP Up­date  – Sum­mer 2021 
China SPC re­leases ma­jor and typ­ic­al in­tel­lec­tu­al prop­erty cases for 2020 On 22 April 2021, the Su­preme People's Pro­cur­at­or­ate pub­lished the ten ma­jor in­tel­lec­tu­al prop­erty cases and 50 typ­ic­al in­tel­lec­tu­al...
22/07/2021
Amend­ments to Copy­right Law in Singa­pore
This art­icle is pro­duced by CMS Hol­born Asia, a Form­al Law Al­li­ance between CMS Singa­pore and Hol­born Law LLC. On 6 Ju­ly 2021, the Copy­right Bill (the “Bill”) was tabled in the Singa­pore Par­lia­ment...
13/07/2021
Open Secrets? Guard­ing value in the in­tan­gible eco­nomy
Across mul­tiple in­dus­tries, busi­nesses are de­riv­ing an ever great­er pro­por­tion of their value from as­sets pro­tec­ted not by pat­ent or copy­right – but by secrecy. And from cus­tom­er data to soft­ware al­gorithms...
14/06/2021
EPO ap­proach to ex­amin­ing com­puter im­ple­men­ted in­ven­tions
On Tues­day 25 May 2021, Heli Pih­la­jamaa, dir­ect­or of pat­ent law at the European Pat­ent Of­fice, gave a present­a­tion to CIPA’s com­puter tech­no­logy com­mit­tee on the Pat­entab­il­ity of com­puter-im­ple­men­ted...
08/06/2021
Trade secrets in Singa­pore
Gen­er­al 1. Has the Dir­ect­ive (EU) 2016/943 of the European Par­lia­ment and of the Coun­cil of 8 June 2016 on the pro­tec­tion of un­dis­closed know-how and busi­ness in­form­a­tion (trade secrets) against their...
Comparable
01/06/2021
APAC IP Up­date  – Spring 2021 
China SPP is­sues guid­ing cases tar­get­ing in­tel­lec­tu­al prop­erty-re­lated crimes On 4 Feb­ru­ary 2021, the Su­preme People's Pro­cur­at­or­ate (SPP) is­sued the 26th Batch of Guid­ing Cases tar­get­ing in­tel­lec­tu­al...
01/06/2021
Some leaks can­'t be fixed
“Con­fid­en­tial in­form­a­tion is like an ice cube... give it to the party who has no re­fri­ger­at­or or will not agree to keep it in one, and by the time of the tri­al you have just a pool of wa­ter.” This...