Asia has become an undisputed global innovation hub. From emerging domestic enterprises to established household names, Asian companies are taking centre stage as the balance of economic power shifts eastwards. As they stake their claims in the global marketplace, ensuring that they have the necessary expertise to create, manage, commercialise and drive strategic value from their intellectual property will be vital to their continued success.

In the lead-up to last year’s IP Business Congress Asia, the Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) editorial team identified the Asia IP Elite: those companies that consistently put intellectual property at the very heart of their overall corporate decision making and, as a result, substantially enhance their overall business strategies.

The exhaustive research process was based around close examination of multiple data points, as well as hundreds of interviews with senior IP professionals both in Asia and beyond. To the best of our knowledge, this was the first time that such research had been undertaken.

The first members of the Asia IP Elite were honoured at a gala dinner held during the IPBC Asia on November 18 2013 at the Pan Pacific Hotel in Singapore.

For photographs from the evening, please click here.

For 2014, the IAM editorial team will be expanding its research and a new round of companies will be inducted into the Asia IP Elite during the IPBC Asia gala dinner on Monday December 8 2014.

To learn more about the research process or to take part, please contact Jack Ellis at jellis@iam-magazine.com.

For further background information, plus a full list of the Asia IP Elite, please see the article in Issue 62 of IAM or visit the Asia IP Elite homepage.