Three decades ago, the development of intellectual property laws in Asia did not garner much attention from policymakers, commentators and the media. If attention was paid, it was often devoted to the massive piracy and counterfeiting problems within the region. Be it China or South Korea or Thailand, Asian countries were criticised for being the hotbeds of intellectual property problems, with ramifications going beyond the continent. Even Japan was accused of imitation and piracy in the early days of its effort to climb up the technological ladder.