Region: Philippines

Philippine company ordered to drop Rolex name

The Securities and Exchange Commission has ordered a Philippine company engaged in the manufacture and sale of various types of scientific equipment to remove the term 'Rolex' from its registered corporate name. It held that Montres Rolex SA's rights in the ROLEX mark and trade name should be protected not only against unauthorized use on products but also against appropriation by unrelated companies.

16 June 2004

PLDT denied preliminary injunction for 'pldt.com'

In what appears to be the first domain name dispute to have reached a Philippine court, the Quezon City Regional Trial Court has denied Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company Inc's request for a preliminary injunction enjoining Philippine League for Democratic Telecommunications Inc from using the domain name 'pldt.com'.

25 March 2004

National Telecommunications Commission set to oversee '.ph' ccTLD

The government of the Philippines has issued a memorandum order stating that the National Telecommunications Commission will oversee the administration by private company dotPH of the '.ph' country-code top-level domain. The order also directs the creation of an advisory board, due to convene later this month, which will assist the NTC in the exercise of its new functions.

06 November 2003

SHANGRI-LA is paradise lost for hotel chain

In <i>Developers Group of Companies v Shangri-La International Hotel Management Ltd</i>, the Court of Appeals for the Philippines has ruled that the plaintiff has superior rights to the service mark SHANGRI-LA and an 'S' logo. The court came to this conclusion in spite of evidence that the defendant is part of the Kuok Group, which has used a SHANGRI-LA service mark and 'S' logo since 1962.

15 October 2003

Tiffany wraps up opposition to handkerchief mark

In <i>Tiffany & Co v Winston Hankies & Needlecraft Company</i>, the director of the Bureau of Legal Affairs - a division of the Intellectual Property Office - has upheld the plaintiff's opposition to the registration of a sign featuring the name 'Tiffany' and some Chinese characters as a trademark for use in relation to handkerchiefs.

10 July 2003

Tatler enforces its 300-year-old mark

In <i>Tatler Publishing Co Ltd v Illustrated Magazine Publishing Co Ltd</i>, the Intellectual Property Office has ordered the cancellation of the defendant's MANILA TATLER trademark, finding that the mark is confusingly similar to the plaintiff's TATLER mark and the plaintiff has superior rights.

21 May 2003

Filipino Senate considers anti-cybersquatting bill

The Senate of the Philippines is considering an anti-cybersquatting bill, designed to prevent bad-faith domain name registrations. If approved, Senate Bill 470 will allow the courts to impose criminal sanctions and it will also strengthen the civil remedies available against cybersquatters.

11 April 2003

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