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Intellectual Property Piracy – A Lurking Scourge

1.59am 16th May 2012 - Management Topics - This story was updated on Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

The 2012 Asia Pacific Golf Summit will serve as a stage to launch a concerted effort to build awareness and to devise strategies to combat the problem of intellectual property piracy inAsia.

In recent months, the golf industry has awakened to a pervasive problem that’s damaging golf business enterprise throughout the world. It is a problem that clearly impedes international commerce by harming companies, reputations of nations and economic regions.

This problem threatens the potential for the growth of the game of golf itself.

Theft of machinery engineering, technology patents, golf course designs, new grass cultivars, the replication of designer golf apparel and accessories, counterfeiting golf clubs etc. All of this is a huge threat to the growth of golf.

“If left unchecked, golf course operators will be inundated with counterfeit products and services; fake machinery will be working the greens and fairways of golf courses; golf course architects will have no protection whatsoever to their ideas and concepts being indiscriminately purloined and plagiarised,” saidMike Sebastian, chief executive officer of the Asia Pacific Golf Group, the owner and producer of the Asia Pacific Golf Summit.

“The time to unite against this plague is NOW!”

The push to start an aggressive movement against intellectual property piracy inAsiais being spearheaded by a team of three committed professionals:

  • Michael Kahler – managing director, Robert Trent Jones Asia Pacific.
  • Timothy Trinka – senior foreign lawyer, Bae Kim & Lee LLC.
  • James Graham Prusa-  director, Golf Courses and Laboratory, Sky 72 Golf.

“This is going to be a milestone development in the growth of golf inAsia. Come and be part of this bold initiative to attempt to stem the problem of intellectual property piracy,” Sebastian concluded. “All this and more is being programmed for the 2012 Asia Pacific Golf Summit.”

2012 Asia Pacific Golf Summit


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