Region: Singapore

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

Australian and Singaporean courts clarify ‘own name’ defence

The bona fide use of ‘own name’ is a longstanding defence to trademark infringement in Singapore and Australia. However, although case law on the defence is sparse in both countries, the Court of Appeal of Singapore and the Federal Court of Australia have recently issued decisions which provide guidance.

19 May 2016

No confusion between Polo Ralph Lauren and United States Polo Association

In <i>Polo/Lauren Company LP v United States Polo Association</i>, the Singapore High Court has upheld a decision of the Trademark Registry adjudicator who had refused an opposition by Polo Ralph Lauren against a trademark application by United States Polo Association.

06 May 2016

Turning to the unusual

A number of novel cases on less commonly litigated issues of trademark law were decided in Singapore in 2015

29 April 2016

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