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25 March 2004

PLDT denied preliminary injunction for 'pldt.com'

In what appears to be the first domain name dispute to have reached a Philippine court, the Quezon City Regional Trial Court has denied Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company Inc's request for a preliminary injunction enjoining Philippine League for Democratic Telecommunications Inc from using the domain name 'pldt.com'.

15 October 2003

SHANGRI-LA is paradise lost for hotel chain

In Developers Group of Companies v Shangri-La International Hotel Management Ltd, the Court of Appeals for the Philippines has ruled that the plaintiff has superior rights to the service mark SHANGRI-LA and an 'S' logo. The court came to this conclusion in spite of evidence that the defendant is part of the Kuok Group, which has used a SHANGRI-LA service mark and 'S' logo since 1962.

10 July 2003

Tiffany wraps up opposition to handkerchief mark

In Tiffany & Co v Winston Hankies & Needlecraft Company, the director of the Bureau of Legal Affairs - a division of the Intellectual Property Office - has upheld the plaintiff's opposition to the registration of a sign featuring the name 'Tiffany' and some Chinese characters as a trademark for use in relation to handkerchiefs.

21 May 2003

Tatler enforces its 300-year-old mark

In Tatler Publishing Co Ltd v Illustrated Magazine Publishing Co Ltd, the Intellectual Property Office has ordered the cancellation of the defendant's MANILA TATLER trademark, finding that the mark is confusingly similar to the plaintiff's TATLER mark and the plaintiff has superior rights.