Region: Singapore

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.

22 March 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.

02 March 2018

Gucci successfully opposes registration of GUCCITECH in Class 11

The IP adjudicator has upheld Guccio Gucci SpA’s opposition to the registration of the figurative mark GUCCITECH in Class 11 under Sections 8(2)(b), 8(4) and 8(7)(a) of the Trademarks Act.

01 March 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.

01 March 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.

05 February 2018

Polo/Lauren Company fails to invalidate 'polo player' mark

The Polo/Lauren Company has failed to invalidate the Royal County of Berkshire Polo Club's registration for a composite mark containing the word 'polo' and the device of a polo player.

31 January 2018

International applications at an all-time high as Asia and Africa experience sharp rise in trademark filings

WIPO has released its latest report into global IP activity, revealing a significant rise in  filing activity. Most of the growth can be attributed to China’s continued domination.

14 December 2017

Singapore counterfeit goods ruling highlights why brand owners and shipping companies must cooperate

The Singapore High Court has found a freight company not liable for the transport of counterfeit goods from China. The landmark decision is bad news for rights holders.

07 December 2017

Apple fails in its opposition to MI PAD

Apple Inc opposed Xiaomi Singapore Pte Ltd's application to register the trademark MI PAD in Classes 9 and 38. The registrar examined the application pursuant to the Trademarks Act, finding that the mark was aurally and visually dissimilar to Apple’s IPAD mark and that there was no likelihood of confusion.

03 October 2017

MYSTERY SET mark revoked for watches

Van Cleef & Arpels SA, which supplied fine jewellery and luxury watches, was the proprietor of the MYSTERY SET trademark in Class 14 registered for “jewellery, watches”. FMTM Distribution Ltd sought to revoke the mark on the grounds that it had not been put to genuine use and that the mark was descriptive.

08 September 2017

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