Intellectual Property (IP) in Asia

IP in Asia is a new blog about some IP issues in the region, especially in the Philippines and East Asia, from a limited government and free market perspective. The role and existence of government is recognized and accepted, provided that government roles and functions  should  be limited to only a few important roles, in enforcing  the rule of law. Like protecting the citizens’ three important freedom: freedom to live peacefully (against aggression), freedom to private property ownership (against thieves and destroyers of property), and freedom of expression with responsibility (against dictatorship  and censorship).

IP is often dissociated by many groups as incomparable to physical property and hence, state or government heavy meddling if not confiscation of some IP is justified. This blog does not take that position. Private property is private property, physical or non-physical. It is not state property or communal property.


This blog is partly inspired by our allies abroad who work on the same subject. In particular,

1. The Policy Workshop, a US-based consulting and events organizing firm that caters to clients in the health and R&D field.

2. Geneva Network, a new UK-based think tank doing research work and occasional public seminars on health, trade and intellectual property.

3. South East Asia Network for Development (SEANET), a new Malaysia-based regional center and think tank that also works on free trade, people mobility and inclusive growth in the region.

4. Property Rights Alliance, a US-based think tank that produces the International Property Rights Index (IPRI) annual reports, ranking countries based on their protection of physical and intellectual property rights.

The Author

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Bienvenido “Nonoy” Oplas, Jr.


Founder and President, Minimal Government Thinkers, Inc., a free market think tank in Manila.

Fellow, South East Asia Network for Development (SEANET), a Kuala Lumpur-based regional center that advocates free trade, free mobility of people, and inclusive growth in the region.


Wrote two books, Health Choices and Responsibilities (2011) published by Central Books Supply (Quezon City), and Liberalism, Rule of Law and Civil Society (2014), published by the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom (FNF) Philippine Office.


Chapter Contributor of two booksFree Trade and Markets for Healthcare: Lessons from Asia (2013) published in New Delhi, India; and Why Liberty (2010) published in the US.


Graduated from Cadiz City High School, Negros Occidental.

Graduated AB Economics from the University of the Philippines, School of Economics (UPSE) in 1985,  Diploma in Development Economics (DipDE) in 1998.


In November 2013, he was among the 13 government and civil society leaders who were granted the Freedom Flame Awards 2013 by the FNF-Philippine Office.


Aside from MGT and SEANET, he is also a member of the following professional and civil  society organizations: Philippine Economic Society (PES), UPSE Alumni Association (UPSEAA), Rotary Club of Taguig Fort Bonifacio (Past President, RY 2006-2007) RI District 3830, and the Economic Freedom Network (EFN) Asia.


Columnist for the following papers:

  1. thelobbyist.biz, Less Government column, 2013 to August 2014
  2. interaksyon.com, Fat Free Economics column, March 2012 to end-2014
  3. BusinessWorld, Weekender, late April to August 2015
  4. BusinessWorld, My Cup of Liberty column, October 2015 to present
  5. Business 360, a monthly business magazine in Kathmandu, Nepal; “Free Market” column, Nov. 2012 to present.


Owner of these blogs:

  1. Government and Taxes, http://funwithgovernment.blogspot.com/
  2. Electricity in Asia, https://electricityasia.wordpress.com/
  3. Trade in Asia, https://seanet2.wordpress.com/
  4. Intellectual Property in Asia, https://ipinasia.wordpress.com/
  5. Economic Freedom Network (EFN) Asia conferences, https://efnasia2.wordpress.com/
  6. Travel and tourism, http://travelpinoy.blogspot.com/
  7. Forest farming and terraces building, http://sustaindevelopment.blogspot.com/
  8. Rotary notes in D3830, http://rotarianpinoy.blogspot.com/.

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