Supreme Court Case Summary: Malayan Banking Bhd v Barclays Bank PLC [2019] SGHC(I) 04

The SICC holds that the defendant, Barclays, is liable to reimburse the plaintiff for transferring a sum of US$871,085.61 to a 3rd party pursuant to a payment instruction which Barclays sent to the plaintiff but subsequently sought to cancel.

MEWR consults on Zero Waste Masterplan

The MEWR has identified three key waste streams to address in the Masterplan - food waste, electrical waste and packaging waste.

Trade Bites 2019 - Issue 1

This provides key developments in trade related topics primarily across SEA incl. the palm oil issue, anti-circumvention laws, anti-dumping issues, managing of rules of origin given the new CPTPP etc..

Supreme Court Case Summary: Public Prosecutor v P Mageswaran and another appeal [2019] SGCA 22

SGCA dismissed the accused’s appeal against the SHC's decision on conviction and sentence and the Prosecution’s appeal against the SHC's sentence for the offence of culpable homicide. 

Supreme Court Case Summary: Wong Souk Yee v Attorney-General [2019] SGCA 25

SGCA finds that there is no duty to call a by-election when a single vacancy arises in a GRC, but holds that the appellant need not pay costs to the respondent.

IPOS extends FinTech Fast Track initiative by one year to 25 April 2020

The FinTech Fast Track nitiative facilitates a faster patent  application-to-grant process for FinTech inventions.

Journals Online: Heated debates: Giving concurrent evidence in the hot tub

The forthcoming CIArb Guidelines for Witness Conferencing in International Arbitration provide a framwork for arbitrators, parties and experts to determine whether, and if so how, to conduct a successful conference.

Supreme Court Case Summary: Ahmad Kasim bin Adam v Moona Esmail Tamby Merican s/o Mohamed Ganse and others [2019] SGCA 23

SGCA grants declaration that deceased had acquired title to land by adverse possession, prior to State acquisition; but holds that there is no legal basis under statute to award compensation.

Supreme Court Case Summary: Kong Hoo (Private) Limited v Public Prosecutor [2019] SGCA 20

SGCA determined that Madagascan rosewood logs brought by the applicants into Singapore were not imported but instead were in transit, and accordingly quashed the applicants’ convictions for importation without valid permits.

CCCS clears proposed acquisition involving vertical distributors of packaged food and beverage products

The update sets out the reasons for the CSCC decision, which include the following: the buyers and targets were not sufficently close competitors, available of substitutes, etc.

Twin sisters in Simei green condo incident have their civil claims for battery, harassment and breach of confidence dismissed

Following a 5-day trial where both matters were heard, the Magistrate’s Court dismissed both civil claims by the sisters.

High Court clarifies bank’s duty to customer

In Koh Kim Teck, Smiling Sun Limited v Credit Suisse AG, Singapore Branch [2019] SGHC 82, the SHC found that there was no any investment advisory duty owed by the bank to its customer in either contract or tort.

IPOS Case Summary: Aalst Chocolate Pte Ltd v The Patissier LLP [2019] SGIPOS 7

The Principal Assisant Registar held that the Applicant has not established that the average consumer in Singapore would understand the Subject Mark (especially the French word element “Patissier”) to have a meaning in Singapore at the date of registration. 

Trade marks and trade names – Declaration of Invalidity

IPOS Case Summary: The Patissier LLP v Aalst Chocolate Pte Ltd [2019] SGIPOS 6

The IP Adjudicator found that that there was no evidence of any use of the Subject Mark in the exact form in which it had been registered.

Supreme Court Case Summary: Kong Hoo (Private) Limited v Public Prosecutor [2019] SGCA 21

SGCA determines that Madagascan rosewood logs brought by the applicants into Singapore were not imported but instead were in transit, and accordingly quashes the applicants’ convictions for importation without valid permits.

Supreme Court Case Summary: Law Society of Singapore v Ezekiel Peter Latimer [2019] SGHC 92

The Court of Three Judges orders the respondent solicitor to be suspended for a period of three years for acting in conflict of interest in a criminal matter.

The Tripartite Guidelines on Wrongful Dismissal – What they mean for employers

The practical effect is a significant increase in the pool of potential claimants against employers, and made it much easier for them to make claims against employers.

Attempting to commercialise a patent before amendment can amount to seeking an unfair advantage

Singapore Shipping Association and Association of Singapore Marine Industries v Hitachi, Ltd. and Mitsubishi Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. [2019] SGIPOS 5 is the first time a Singapore tribunal has ruled that an attempt to commercialise a patent can amount to seeking an unfair advantage of the unamended patent.

Singapore's enhanced mediation promotion scheme

From 1st Apr 2019, Singapore will provide supplementary funding to parties who choose mediation as an alternative to litigation for IP-related disputes.

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