Region: Singapore

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.

05 February 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.

31 January 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.

29 January 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.

14 January 2020

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.

13 December 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.

18 November 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.

14 November 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.

06 November 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.

23 September 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”.

04 September 2019

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