IP Komodo, ever keen to see how countries are viewed in terms of IPR protection took a look at the ASEAN countries in the report which feature as follows in the list of 128 market surveyed, ranked in order of IPR protection:
(China is not included)
You could argue a little about the placement of the countries but not a lot. Based on IP Komodo's experience around the region, he is impressed by the accuracy of the research.
It also raises the wider question, if ASEAN countries were better at IP protection, would their economies develop faster and more efficiently as Mr De Soto has long suggested is the case with real property?