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Delta Airlines’ delta variant dilemma; Amazon launches IP Accelerator in Singapore; EUIPO e-sports webinar– news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at Walmart announcing a new initiative to help brand advertising, a Ferrero Rocher counterfeiter being found guilty of infringement despite handling authentic goods, and much more.

Delta Airlines’ delta variant dilemma; Amazon launches IP Accelerator in Singapore; EUIPO e-sports webinar– news digest
IPOS unveils new IP resources; THE trademark battle paused; Sony goes on PlayStation filing spree – news digest
24 Aug 2021

IPOS unveils new IP resources; THE trademark battle paused; Sony goes on PlayStation filing spree – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at the EUIPO releasing a new design examination tool, a Supreme counterfeiter expanding on their production process, the staggering cost to get information on trademark scams, and much more.

Vodka wars, a crackdown on squatters and more: Asia-Pacific Legal Updates you may have missed
22 Jul 2021

Vodka wars, a crackdown on squatters and more: Asia-Pacific Legal Updates you may have missed

WTR’s Legal Updates are written by a select panel of over 160 leading experts who analyse the latest trademark-related developments and decisions in more than 60 jurisdictions.

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6 Sep 2021

High Court allows two ‘Luke’s’ restaurants to co-exist

In this dispute between rival Singapore restaurants, the High Court has decided that the parties’ respective marks and businesses could co-exist, without the relevant public being confused. Read more

9 Jul 2021

Opposition against OT TANGO succeeds on grounds of confusing similarity and passing off

GCIH Trademarks Limited, the owner of the TANGO mark for chocolate and cocoa products, has prevailed in its opposition against a competitor’s application to register OT TANGO in Singapore for identical goods. Read more

21 Jun 2021

Register Tracker: Asia

China dominates this landscape with local brand owners active at home and in neighbouring countries. Read more

8 Jun 2021

Good news for Italian Prosecco makers as application to register ‘Prosecco’ as a GI proceeds to registration

The Australian association of grape growers and wine producers has failed in its attempt to oppose the registration of ‘Prosecco’ as a GI for wines in Singapore. Read more

Anti-Counterfeiting

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4 Nov 2020

Surge in counterfeit imports into Southeast Asia: crucial customs strategies for brand owners

Exports of counterfeit goods from China are increasingly heading to Southeast Asia. This guest analysis explores the strategies that rights holders should employ. Read more

27 Aug 2020

IPOS looks to future, Lego’s brand DNA and trademark filing trends: eight takeaways from Singapore IP Week

For 2021, Singapore’s IP Week event has gone virtual. Here we present key takeaways and observations from the discussions. Read more

7 Aug 2020

Enforcement data reveals destination shift for counterfeits originating in China

The true scope of the illicit trade of fake goods is hard to define, but analysis by Rouse indicates that Southeast Asia is a fast-rising hotspot. Read more

7 Jul 2020

Singapore implements plain packaging; Nike most visible brand; Zoom feeling the heat – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at Authentic Brands Group picking up another bankrupt apparel brand, Aurify Brands purchasing Le Pain Quotidien, the Philippines IP Office seeking more social media powers, and much more. Read more

Brand management

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29 Sep 2020

Brands less important to consumers demanding social improvements, report reveals

Brandwatch has released the results of a survey of consumer perception on brand purpose in the light of the coronavirus pandemic. Read more

28 Aug 2020

Coronil trademark twist; IPOS unveils new partnerships; Banjul marks in Mozambique  – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at Glossier securing protection for its pink pouch, Pakistan promoting the use of GIs, China issuing opinions for destroying infringing and counterfeit goods, and much more. Read more

30 Jun 2020

Alternative dispute resolution of the future? First trademark case settled through virtual mediation

The IP Office of Singapore has successfully settled its first trademark dispute using virtual mediation, with WIPO now offering free IP mediation services until the end of August 2020. Read more

16 Jun 2020

UKIPO responds to BLACK LIVES MATTER trademark outrage; INTA cancels TMAP meeting; ICANN69 goes virtual – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at Nestlé putting a large portion of its bottled water business up for sale, HGF and Nexus teaming up, IPOPHL warning of a rise in fake goods, and much more. Read more

Enforcement and Litigation

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19 Jan 2021

IN v IN BAR: US nutrition company Weider successful in Singapore opposition proceedings

Weider Global Nutrition, the owner of the mark IN and ‘in’-formative marks in Class 32, has prevailed in opposition proceedings against the registration of IN BAR for nutritional supplements in Class 5. Read more

26 Nov 2020

No statutory power to allow partial oppositions under Trademarks Act

In a dispute between two jewellery companies, the IP adjudicator at the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore has held that there is no statutory power to grant partial oppositions and that the opportunity to amend an application is strictly confined to the examination stage. Read more

15 Oct 2020

Innovation at WIPO: spotlight on alternative dispute resolution at IP offices

An exclusive guest post on how WIPO has been working with global IP offices to promote the advantages of alternative dispute resolution services. Read more

2 Oct 2020

Champagne v ChamPengWine: preserving the value of geographical indications

This case offers clarity on when a trademark application would offend a GI under the Geographical Indications Act. Read more

Government/Policy

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5 Aug 2020

Innovation at the Singapore IP Office: spotlight on non-core tools and services

In a new regular series on WTR, national IP offices share the innovative tools and services they have launched or are developing for the future, and we begin with the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore. Read more

30 Jun 2020

Behind the scenes at IPOS: why Singapore is becoming the new global hub for IP dispute resolution

Director of the IP Office of Singapore hearings and mediation department Mark Lim explains how the office has been instrumental in developing Singapore into a global IP dispute resolution hub that is attractive to foreign businesses. Read more

19 Jun 2020

IPOS unveils incoming chief executive to replace WIPO-bound Daren Tang

The IP Office of Singapore (IPOS) has confirmed that Rena Lee will replace Daren Tang as its new chief executive from August 2020. Read more

20 May 2020

“The safest option” – INTA Annual Meeting 2020 goes virtual amid coronavirus concerns

The INTA has announced that it will be conducting its 2020 Annual Meeting and Leadership Meeting as an all-virtual event, a move the association describes as "coming with a heavy heart”. Read more

Law Firms

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12 May 2020

Mexico IP office's new online platform; Daren Tang appointed WIPO director general; INTA mental health webcast – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at Puma’s Olympics trademark application being rejected, Aon launching an IP risk platform, the Spanish Patent and Trademark Office creating a coronavirus time capsule, and much more. Read more

24 Apr 2020

IP Office of Singapore postpones IP Week; 3M files more lawsuits; registrations rise in Turkey – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at the Uzbekistan IP Office warning of a rise in fraud, the Korean and Saudi IPOs pledging better cooperation, four ‘.brands’ preparing to exit, and much more. Read more

20 Mar 2020

Singapore’s goal of achieving top-tier status as a hub of innovation and IP looks attainable

Its local brands have an international focus, and big global names also flock to this market. Read more

6 Mar 2020

Daren Tang and US react to WIPO win; Cypriot Halloumi victorious; Virginia is non-lactose milk intolerant – news digest

In our latest roundup, we look at a Chinese event promising to keep to its June date, Brooks Brothers continued trademark spat, Hugo Boss’s reply to Hugo Boss, and much more. Read more

IP Offices

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29 Apr 2021

Exclusive roundtable – IP offices reveal how covid-19 could shape future operations

The Long Read: As remote working has become du jour for many, WTR asks the IP offices of Canada, the European Union, Singapore, South Korea and the United Kingdom to reflect on the ups and downs of operating during a global pandemic – and what might remain of the systems developed over the past year. Read more

4 Jan 2021

The secret lives of trademark examiners: insights into five IP offices

Hard-working representatives from registries in Canada, France, Singapore, the United Kingdom and the United States reveal what makes them tick and how to guarantee a successful trademark application in their jurisdiction. Read more

28 Dec 2020

How to avoid a descriptive filing: examiners offer vital application guidance

Experts at three of the world’s busiest IP offices reveal what it takes for an application to pass key requirements on descriptiveness. Read more

8 Jul 2020

Mediation at the new innovation frontier: how Singapore is positioning itself as the global hub for IP dispute resolution

With more and more rights holders turning to mediation to settle IP disputes, the IP Office of Singapore is launching a number of innovative new tools to ensure that alternative legal resolutions are more effective. Read more

Online

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17 Apr 2020

Zoom adapts to the highs and lows of mainstream success

The video-conferencing app is now a staple of daily communication, and its trademark holdings reflect how unexpected this success was. Read more

6 Apr 2020

Singapore ranked world’s most innovative IP office in exclusive research

In new research from WTR, the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore has been ranked as the most innovative IP office in the world for the first time. 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

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

Portfolio Management

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18 Sep 2020

Blow for Valentino SpA as opposition against VALENTINO RUDY mark is dismissed

Italian fashion company Valentino SpA’s opposition against the registration of a figurative mark consisting of a ‘V’ device element and the word element 'Valentino Rudy' in Singapore has failed on all grounds. Read more

20 Jul 2020

Trademark ownership and bad faith: contract is (still) king

The decision of the Singapore High Court in Tomy Incorporated v Denstply Sirona underscores the significance of contractual dealings when seeking to lay claim to a trademark. Read more

15 Jul 2020

Rolex successfully opposes registration of MARINER for watches based on its SUBMARINER mark

Swiss watchmaker Rolex SA, which owns the mark SUBMARINER in Class 14, has prevailed in opposition proceedings against the registration of the mark MARINER by FMTM Distribution Ltd, a company selling luxury watches. Read more

21 May 2020

High Court allows registration of HARVARD CLUB OF SINGAPORE marks by Harvard University

In Harvard Club of Singapore v President and Fellows of Harvard College, the Singapore High Court has affirmed a first-instance decision allowing Harvard University to register the marks HARVARD CLUB OF SINGAPORE and HARVARD UNIVERSITY CLUB OF SINGAPORE. Read more

Trademark law

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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”. 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