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Singapore’s goal of achieving top-tier status as a hub of innovation and IP looks attainable
"The most sensible decision": INTA moves 2020 Annual Meeting to November as coronavirus emergency intensifies
13 Mar 2020

"The most sensible decision": INTA moves 2020 Annual Meeting to November as coronavirus emergency intensifies

As the coronavirus pandemic grips the world, INTA has announced that its 2020 Annual Meeting will now be combined with its Leadership Meeting and take place in November – with an exact date and venue to be confirmed soon.

Coronavirus phishing warning; USPTO responds to WIPO election; Microsoft sued in Azure dispute – news digest
13 Mar 2020

Coronavirus phishing warning; USPTO responds to WIPO election; Microsoft sued in Azure dispute – news digest

In our latest edition, we look at lawyers decrying ‘dumb’ and ‘gross’ coronavirus vaccine trademarks, the UK police seizing over £7 million in suspected fake goods, and much more.

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11 Mar 2020

Owner of VAGISIL successfully invalidates VAGISAN trademark

Personal care goods company Combe International has successfully relied on its VAGISIL marks to invalidate Dr August Wolff GmbH’s trademark VAGISAN in Singapore. 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

5 Mar 2020

Daren Tang to WIPO: the trademark community reacts

With Daren Tang of Singapore set to take over as WIPO's next director general, we reached out to people in the trademark industry on how they think he could shape the organisation in the years to come. Read more

4 Mar 2020

Singapore’s Daren Tang wins nomination to be next WIPO director general

After weeks of lobbying, Daren Tang of Singapore has won the nomination to be the next director general of the World Intellectual Property Organisation. Read more

Anti-Counterfeiting

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3 Mar 2020

US House fakes bill; MARQUES Spring Meeting cancelled; rise of counterfeits on TikTok – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at the IP Office of New Zealand warnings of fraudulent invoices, a Chinese government news outlet pushing back against anti-IP sentiment, African Intellectual Property Organisation meeting the prime minister of Mauritania, and much more. Read more

14 Jan 2020

Amazon law enforcement data pledge, Muji trademark blow, and Lazada IP takedown stats: news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at Italian football club Fiorentina taking the lead in blockchain anti-counterfeiting, a SUSSEX ROYAL application being filed at the USPTO, the EUIPO launching its annual user satisfaction survey, and much more. 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

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

Brand management

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13 Feb 2020

“A very tricky position” – how the coronavirus epidemic could affect the 2020 INTA Annual Meeting

The 2020 INTA Annual Meeting is due to begin in Singapore in April, and there is growing discussion over how the worsening coronavirus emergency could impact it. WTR speaks with trademark practitioners to get their perspective. Read more

11 Feb 2020

Cost, logistics, coronavirus: why there are fewer INTA Annual Meeting reception invites this year

Registrants to the 2020 INTA Annual Meeting may have noticed a drop in the number of reception invites. To investigate why this may be the case, WTR talked to a number of regular reception holders. Read more

31 Jan 2020

INTA coronavirus update; Greta Thunberg trademark; SkyKick "pleased" – news digest

In our latest edition, we look at the Consortium for Common Food Names applauding the US stance on GIs in meetings with the EU, the Chilean IP Office's update on its headquarters attack, and much more. Read more

13 Dec 2019

Uber’s loss of its London licence a reminder of the importance of brand reputation: data analysis

Safety is the most critical component of brand building in the ride-hailing app environment, but hinging success on such a volatile factor could be risky. Read more

Enforcement and Litigation

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13 Feb 2020

First opposition to a collective mark in Singapore: Bavaria NV successfully opposes registration of BAVARIAN BEER

Singapore’s first opposition proceedings against an application for a collective mark highlight that collective  marks have a different function than regular trademarks. Read more

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. Read more

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

Government/Policy

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17 Feb 2020

Annual Meeting 2020: INTA made the difficult, but right, decision over coronavirus fears

While the INTA cancelling the 2020 Annual Meeting in Singapore is not unexpected, it will not have been an easy decision, and INTA staff now face a significant challenge: pulling together an event, that usually takes years, in a matter of months. Read more

15 Feb 2020

INTA 2020 Annual Meeting in Singapore cancelled; coronavirus outbreak forces relocation to United States

The INTA has confirmed that its upcoming 2020 Annual Meeting, set to begin at the end of April in Singapore, will be relocated to the United States – with the association pledging that a Singapore meeting will now take place in 2022. Read more

6 Feb 2020

INTA CEO responds to fears over impact of coronavirus on 2020 Annual Meeting

In response to trademark community concerns, INTA CEO Etienne Sanz de Acedo tells WTR that, as of this week, the 2020 Annual Meeting is “definitely taking place in Singapore”. Read more

5 Feb 2020

WIPO leadership field narrows as call made to shift focus away from political power plays

The WIPO director general election has become mired in backroom manoeuvring, with one IP expert urging the various countries to “focus on who is the right person for the job”, rather than political point scoring. Read more

Law Firms

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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

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

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

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

IP Offices

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18 Nov 2019

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. 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

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

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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.

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19 Jun 2013

Tighter registration procedures introduced for '.sg' domain names

SGNIC has introduced a pilot scheme, [email protected], to improve the data integrity of the WHOIS records for ‘.sg’ domain names and to combat cases of identity theft and fake identities being used when registering ‘.sg’ domain names. From the beginning of May 2013, all new domain name registrations under ‘.sg’ are required to undergo verification of the domain name registrant's details.

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19 Apr 2011

SGNIC releases premium domain names

The Singapore Network Information Centre has become the latest registry to announce that it would begin the release of short domain names. SGNIC planned to make available a limited number of ‘premium domain names’ to registrants who applied before the end of March, with more domains to be released in further stages on a quarterly basis. The base price may be up to around $16,000, depending on the domain name.

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21 Jan 2010

SGNIC launches Chinese domain names

SGNIC, the domain name registry for Singapore, has announced the launch of second-level Chinese domain names. During Phase 2, which started on January 7 2010 and ends on February 18 2010, trademark owners may apply for second-level Chinese domain names under certain conditions.

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29 Jan 2020

Ferrero Rocher: registration of packaging denied

Ferrero SpA has been dealt another blow in its attempt to register the packaging of its Ferrero Rocher chocolates as a trademark in Singapore. The case highlights the difficulty in establishing the distinctive character of shape marks, especially where they take the shape of the product itself. Read more

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

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

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

6 Sep 2018

IPOS dismisses adidas opposition on lack of similarity in basic geometric shapes

The IP Office of Singapore has rejected adidas’ opposition against a device mark on multiple grounds, holding that adidas’ earlier mark had only a normal level of inherent technical distinctiveness. Read more

6 Jul 2018

Tencent v Monster Energy decision: partial oppositions unlikely to be allowed

The decision of the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore in <em>Tencent v Monster Energy </em>sheds some light on whether partial oppositions are allowed under the Trademarks Act.

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