Singapore

Singapore IP Office chief executive confirmed as candidate as WIPO leadership race prepares for take-off

With a new WIPO director general expected to be appointed by May 2020, the first candidates have been officially revealed – all hailing from Asia.

Singapore IP Office chief executive confirmed as candidate as WIPO leadership race prepares for take-off
14 Nov 2019

“Groundbreaking” – first successful international mediation could redefine the trademark status quo

The IP Office of Singapore has announced its first successful use of its Enhanced Mediation Promotion Scheme. Talking to WTR, the mediator in this case claimed that the scheme could lead to a "mindset change” for trademark practitioners.

4 Sep 2019

Scotch Whisky Association responds to groundbreaking Singapore GI decision

A new Singapore High Court decision involving the use of the term ‘tartan’ on whisky bottles has clarified the limits of the country’s 1999 Singapore Geographical Indications Act. Talking exclusively to WTR, the Scotch Whisky Association describes the decision as “very welcome”.

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6 Nov 2019

Harvard Club of Singapore fails to prevent Harvard University from registering HARVARD marks

Harvard University and its former alumni organisation in Singapore have recently clashed in trademark opposition proceedings before the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore. Read more

23 Sep 2019

The ISETAN TARTAN case: refusal of trademarks that deceive public as to goods’ geographical origin

In Scotch Whisky Association v Isetan Mitsukoshi Ltd, the High Court of Singapore has upheld the Scotch Whisky Association’s appeal against the registration of the mark ISETAN TARTAN for all alcoholic beverages except beer and sake. Read more

2 Sep 2019

Inside the IP office of tomorrow: exclusive interview with IPOS chief executive

WTR sits down with Daren Tang, chief executive of the IP Office of Singapore, to get the inside track on how the office is evolving to play a bigger role in the country’s business environment. Read more

28 Aug 2019

Innovation, globalisation, mobile apps and jazz – takeaways from Singapore IP Week

This week the IP Office of Singapore has hosted a series of events to mark the country’s annual IP Week. WTR was there to bring you the key takeaways from Singapore’s biggest IP event. Read more

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7 Jun 2019

First INTA 2020 reception invite, Tom Brady fumbles trademark application, and Toys “R” Us brand returns: news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at highlights from the USPTO’s anti-counterfeiting conference, Alibaba’s plan to use blockchain technology for its IP protection system, and much more. Read more

14 May 2019

Procedures and strategies for anti-counterfeiting: Singapore

The Trademarks Act is the main legislation governing trademark infringement and anti-counterfeiting in Singapore. Part VI of the act criminalises the counterfeiting of a registered trademark, falsely applying a registered trademark to goods or services, and making or possessing an article used for counterfeiting. Read more

26 Apr 2019

Blow for Alibaba, good news for Amazon: USTR releases latest notorious markets list

The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) has released its latest notorious markets list, with Alibaba’s Taobao platform included for the third consecutive year.  Read more

29 Mar 2019

Change.org responds to The Independent Group new name, IPOS GI registry, and delays at IP Australia: news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at consumers being frustrated by “disjointed” brand experiences, an Oregon-based clothing retailer in a trademark fight against Under Armour, brands in an age of political division, and much more. Read more

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22 Mar 2018

Franchising: the legislative framework in Singapore and Malaysia

The rules governing franchise agreements vary greatly across Asia. Here, we look at the different legislation related to enforcement and termination in Singapore and Malaysia. Read more

1 Mar 2018

Franchising: a global guide to brand monetisation

In the first of a two-part series, we outline the legislative framework for franchising in nine jurisdictions across Asia and South America. Read more

5 Feb 2018

Singapore opens plain packaging consultation; hits out at “misleading” use of branding by tobacco companies

Singapore’s Ministry of Health has opened a public consultation on plain packaging. While doing so, it firmly dismisses legal and trade-related arguments against the measure, which should concern rights holders. Read more

10 Apr 2017

Co-branding: did the High Court in Samsonite get its description right?

In Samsonite IP Holdings Sarl v An Sheng Trading Pte Ltd, the High Court has considered whether the parallel importation of backpacks bearing the trademark SAMSONITE into Singapore, as part of what was called a co-branding agreement, was permitted under the doctrine of exhaustion of rights. Read more

Enforcement and litigation

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6 Nov 2019

Harvard Club of Singapore fails to prevent Harvard University from registering HARVARD marks

Harvard University and its former alumni organisation in Singapore have recently clashed in trademark opposition proceedings before the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore. Read more

23 Sep 2019

The ISETAN TARTAN case: refusal of trademarks that deceive public as to goods’ geographical origin

In Scotch Whisky Association v Isetan Mitsukoshi Ltd, the High Court of Singapore has upheld the Scotch Whisky Association’s appeal against the registration of the mark ISETAN TARTAN for all alcoholic beverages except beer and sake. Read more

23 Aug 2019

World’s largest trademark application, IPOS launches app, and Notorious Markets List comments open: news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at the art of avoiding brand hate, Hasbro acquiring Peppa Pig owner, the INTA holding its first roundtable event in Israel, and much more. Read more

9 Aug 2019

Key changes proposed under Singapore’s Intellectual Property (Dispute Resolution) Bill

Singapore’s Intellectual Property (Dispute Resolution) Bill proposes significant changes to the IP dispute resolution regime and could affect all rights holders’ enforcement and protection strategies. Read more

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12 Feb 2019

Plain packaging passed in Singapore, cat photo trademarks, and US Senate IP subcommittee: news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at a new report showing 70% of Kenyans use counterfeit products, a new system developed to identify fake logos, the Spanish football league scoring a piracy win, and much more. Read more

18 Oct 2018

“Leveraging the law is not the whole solution”: interview with Philip Morris’ Herman Cheung

In an exclusive interview, the tobacco giant's Manager of Illicit Trade Prevention talks to WTR about the importance of anti-counterfeiting efforts as the company transitions to a smoke-free future. Read more

7 Jun 2018

New EUIPO report charts increasing sophistication and diversification of counterfeiters

The EUIPO has released a new report, compiling research since 2013, to present a comprehensive and updated picture of the scope and impact of IP rights infringement in the European Union. Read more

21 May 2018

Fake press passes, ‘.sucks’ gun violence debate and the Annual Meeting heads to Singapore: INTA 2018 day one report

The trademark industry have descended on Seattle for INTA’s 2018 Annual Meeting. The World Trademark Review team is on the ground, and we present a daily round-up of event highlights and observations. Read more

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27 Aug 2019

From plain packaging to e-commerce outreach: inside INTA’s Asia-Pacific operations

With Singapore’s IP Week in full swing, WTR sat down with INTA’s chief representative for Asia-Pacific, Seth Hays, to get an update on the regional office’s activities and the inside scoop on what to expect from next year’s Annual Meeting. Read more

13 Jun 2019

IP insurance boost: Singapore Intellectual Property Office unveils major new scheme

The Intellectual Property Office of Singapore has launched a new IP insurance offering, which includes coverage for trademark-related risk. The move is the latest in a trend that is set to continue in the coming months.  Read more

27 Feb 2019

IP offices of EU, Chile, Singapore and Spain named most innovative in the world

In exclusive research from WTR, the EUIPO has been ranked as the most innovative IP office in the world for the third year in a row. Closely behind are the registries of Chile, Singapore and Spain. Read more

2 Mar 2018

Singapore’s timid local trademark scene belies its branding strength: exclusive data analysis

This week’s country data report looks at the small but mighty trademark profile of Singapore. As well as exploring its nation brand strength, we identify its most important trademark-intensive industries and reveal the leading brand owners, both in value and portfolio size. Read more

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18 Jun 2019

THE PATISSIER case: the registrability of foreign-language marks in Singapore

A Singapore boutique cake shop has successfully defended its registration for the mark THE PATISSIER (the French word ‘pâtissier’ means ‘pastry chef’) for a range of goods and services relating to bakery products. Read more

15 Mar 2019

Chicago Mercantile Exchange v Intercontinental Exchange: exclusively descriptive names are not registrable trademarks

A recent decision of the IP Office of Singapore in invalidity proceedings illustrates that, even if a party is the sole provider of a particular product or service, it does not automatically acquire the right to register the mark covering that product or service. Read more

30 Jan 2019

5-HOUR ENERGY case: registrar finds bad faith by inference

In opposition proceedings brought by International IP Holdings LLC against Lehman Holdings Limited’s applications to register a series of marks, the Hong Kong registrar has found that the only reasonable inference was that the applicant had copied the opponent’s mark.   Read more

22 Jan 2019

Cracking the bad-faith code: U-LI case provides guidance on establishing bad faith

The decision of the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore in Tan Buck Hai v United U-LI Projects Pte Ltd offers a unique opportunity to understand the kinds of situations which will fall within the ground of bad faith.   Read more

Trademark law

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23 Aug 2019

World’s largest trademark application, IPOS launches app, and Notorious Markets List comments open: news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at the art of avoiding brand hate, Hasbro acquiring Peppa Pig owner, the INTA holding its first roundtable event in Israel, and much more. Read more

2 Jul 2019

Singapore plain packaging date, USPTO vulgar application rush, and MyTaxi rebrand confuses users: news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at the Lazada Group joining Alibaba’s IP protection platform, UKIPO granting its first multimedia mark, new Benelux director general begins, and much more. Read more

10 Dec 2018

Servicing the global flow of innovation and ideas: the IP Office of Singapore year in review

The recent boom in economic activity across Asia has been reflected by a significant increase in the number of IP applications filed in the region – and the IP Office of Singapore is leading the way in innovation. Read more

2 Nov 2018

Azerbaijan pledges IP reforms, plain packaging in Singapore, and Ecuador plans mediation center: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we look at the JPO offering a souvenir certificate for long-time rights holders, fashion brands stepping up their tech game, a new director at the Tunisian IP Office, and much more. Read more

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