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Singapore tops in IPR

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Singapore has the best record when it comes to protecting intellectual property rights (IPR) in Asia and Indonesia the worst, a survey of expatriate business people showed on Wednesday.

Indonesia was given the worst score of 8.5 out of a maximum 10 points compared to 11 other Asian economies in the survey by Hong Kong-based Political and Economic Risk Consultancy.

The survey polled 1,285 expatriate managers between June and mid-August. Zero is the best possible score.

More advanced economies fared better, with Singapore heading the list with 1.5, followed by Japan (2.1), Hong Kong (2.8), Taiwan (3.8) and South Korea (4.1). At

the other end of the scale, Vietnam was second worst at 8.4, China scored 7.9, the Philippines 6.84, India 6.5, Thailand 6.17 and Malaysia 5.8.

'Indonesia seems to have lost its momentum for cracking down on IPR abuses and making the system more compliant with international standards,' Hong

Kong-based Political and Economic Risk Consultancy said.

Indonesia 'has passed new laws that should improve protection of intellectual property, but those rules are not enforced effectively at all, and piracy levels in

Indonesia remain among the highest in the world'.

The rankings reflect studies by the global software industry, alarmed by the easy availability of pirated movies and software in Asian cities despite governments' pledges to crack down.

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