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MinLaw consults on draft Intellectual Property (Dispute Resolution) Bill to enhance Singapore’s IP dispute resolution system

The key proposals include granting the SHC exclusive jurisdiction over most civil IP disputes, clarify that IP disputes can be arbitrated in Sg, formalise 3rd party observation process for patent, etc..

CTBAT International Co. Limited v N.V. Sumatra Tobacco Trading Company [2019] SGIPOS 8

Trade marks and trade names – Opposition to Registration

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.

Aalst Chocolate Pte Ltd v The Patissier LLP [2019] SGIPOS 7

Trade marks and trade names – Declaration of Invalidity

The Patissier LLP v Aalst Chocolate Pte Ltd [2019] SGIPOS 6

Trade marks and trade names – Revocation

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.

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.

The “new” 2014 Geographical Indications Act

This article seeks to highlight the key changes in the laws governing Geographical Indications (GIs), and to identify areas that may be of concern. The 2014 GIA will come into force starting 1 Apr 2019.

IPOS: Designs Circular No. 1/2019

Effective:  05 Apr 2019

Singapore Court of Appeal decides freight forwarders of counterfeit goods not liable for trade mark infringement

In Burberry Ltd v Megastar Shipping Pte Ltd and another appeal [2019] SGCA 1, the importer/exporter must intend to do the act constituting the infringing use with knowledge or reason to believe that there was a sign present on the goods.

MinLaw reviews Singapore copyright laws to enhance creators’ rights and users’ access to copyrighted works

This update provides a summary of the key proposed changes to the Copyright Act as outlined in the Singapore Copyright Report.

IPOS Case Summary: Singapore Shipping Association and Association of Singapore Marine Industries v Hitachi, Ltd. and Mitsubishi Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. [2019] SGIPOS 5

For the first time in Singapore, the Registrar had to decide whether the discretionary factor of “unfair advantage” may be applied to a scenario of monetisation.

New geographical indication registry could protect names like parmesan

New geographical indication registry could protect names like parmesan

Move will bar import and sale of products with EU-origin names but are made elsewhere.

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European parliament approves landmark trade investment agreements between the EU and Singapore

The EU-Singapore FTA and the EU-Singapore IPA will remove the majority of tariffs and duties between the trading areas and provide signi􀀱cant investment protection and political risk mitigation for businesses investing between jurisdictions.

The Scotch Whisky Association v Isetan Mitsukoshi Ltd. [2019] SGIPOS 4

Trade marks and trade names – Opposition to Registration

[MYR] A new era of IP protection beckons

Myanmar’s long awaited Trade Mark Act has finally received the President’s assent at the end of January 2019.


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