Region: Singapore

Appeal court holds that goods in transit are imported and thus could infringe trademark rights

The Singapore Court of Appeal has held that “goods in transit” are still considered to be imported for the purpose of the Trademarks Act. However, in the case at hand, although the respondent imported the goods, it did not use the signs at issue. Rather, it was merely providing a commercial service as freight forwarders, and to impose liability for infringement would be against the letter and spirit of the Trademarks Act.

01 February 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.

30 January 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.

22 January 2019

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.

10 December 2018

The sentencing framework of Section 49(c) of the Trademarks Act

A court judgment on fashion retailer’s four-week imprisonment for selling counterfeit shoes has clarified sentencing under the Trademarks Act. Judge affirmed Singapore’s no-nonsense approach to infringement.

07 December 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.

02 November 2018

Singapore eyes IP litigation fast-track, Samsung hits Galaxy snag, and fake remembrance poppies: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we look at claims that an Amazon reviewer was banned after calling out a fake product, the US government weighing in an ICANN debate, how applicants are embracing e-filing in China, and much more.

30 October 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.

18 October 2018

Blow for Apple as its opposition to Swatch AG’s TICK DIFFERENT is dismissed

The registrar of the IP Office of Singapore has dismissed Apple’s opposition against the registration of Swatch AG’s TICK DIFFERENT mark based on its earlier THINK DIFFERENT mark.

05 October 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.

06 September 2018

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