Region: Singapore

Listed trademark firms look to Asia for growth as Spruson & Ferguson acquires Ella Cheong in $21 million deal

Trailblazing publicly traded IP law firm Spruson & Ferguson has made its first overseas acquisition with its parent company’s HK$162 million (US$20.9 million) purchase of Hong Kong-based boutique Ella Cheong and subsidiary Ella Cheong Intellectual Property Agency (Beijing). The deal will significantly expand Sprusons’ presence in Asia – a key objective in the growth plans of firms involved in Australia’s recent flurry of IP practice initial public offerings.

07 November 2016

Crocodile’s former licensee held liable for damages

The IP court in Taiwan has ruled that Ya-E International, a former licensee of Crocodile International, should pay damages of NT$2,805,222 (US$95,416) for trademark infringement and breach of a trademark licence agreement.

07 November 2016

Country brand leaders revealed, and how their value impacts corporate worth

New research from Brand Finance has revealed that, while the United States’ nation brand boasts the biggest overall value, Singapore comes out top for brand strength. While trademark counsel are rightly focused on the value that resides in the corporate brands that they protect and nurture, it is important not to under-emphasise the impact that national identity and worth has to the health of corporate brand value – and vice versa.

18 October 2016

Abercrombie & Fitch succeeds in opposition against moose device mark

US clothes brand Abercrombie & Fitch Europe SAGL has successfully opposed MMC International Services Pte Ltd’s application to register a mark incorporating the letters A&F and a moose device similar to its own.

17 October 2016

Allergan wins case against seller of eyelash enhancer

In <i>Allergan Inc v Ferlandz Nutra Pte Ltd</i>, the court has held that the use of a competitor’s trademark in a comparative advertisement constitutes use in a trademark sense, and its use in a misleading manner brings it outside of the scope of the comparative advertising defence.

13 October 2016

Hong Kong performs well in illicit trade rankings, despite massive counterfeit trade volume

<i>The Economist</i>’s Intelligence Unit and the European Chamber of Commerce in Singapore (EuroCham SG) today released a report measuring Asia-Pacific jurisdictions by the extent to which they enable illicit trade, including counterfeiting and piracy. Singapore itself has a somewhat disappointing placing, just outranking China and beaten by its larger neighbour Malaysia; while Hong Kong’s high placement is somewhat at odds with other measures of its contribution to the global counterfeiting trade.

12 October 2016

“Local efforts” crucial to spurring trademark-backed financing worldwide, says IPOS director

In the latest issue of <i>World Trademark Review</i>, we took a deep-dive look at Singapore’s IP Financing Scheme and its implications for trademark owners. We interviewed Sharmaine Wu, director, IP management and markets, at IPOS, for the article. Some of her comments are included in the feature, but here is an extended transcript of the interview for blog readers.

08 September 2016

Singapore seeks to turn trademarks into cash

Asia-Pacific is leading the world when it comes to IP collateralisation. Singapore’s groundbreaking IP Financing Scheme recently saw the approval of its first patent-backed loan – and hopefully, lending against trademarks is not far behind

01 September 2016

Singapore comes out top in Asia-Pacific for innovation thanks to enhanced focus on filing and licensing

The latest edition of the Global Innovation Index (GII) was released this week, with the performance of Asian economies boosted by trademark filing levels and IP monetisation.

18 August 2016

Singapore bids to take brand-based lending into the mainstream

The Intellectual Property Office of Singapore has issued a release revealing the country’s first approved loan using intellectual property as collateral. While leveraged on a patent, of more interest to our readers will be the news that the lending scheme will shortly be extended to trademarks.

02 June 2016

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