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14 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.

06 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.

23 September 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.

04 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”.

23 August 2019

World’s largest trademark application, IPOS launches app, and Notorious Markets List comments open: news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at the art of avoiding brand hate, Hasbro acquiring Peppa Pig owner, the INTA holding its first roundtable event in Israel, and much more.

09 August 2019

Key changes proposed under Singapore’s Intellectual Property (Dispute Resolution) Bill

Singapore’s Intellectual Property (Dispute Resolution) Bill proposes significant changes to the IP dispute resolution regime and could affect all rights holders’ enforcement and protection strategies.

02 July 2019

Singapore plain packaging date, USPTO vulgar application rush, and MyTaxi rebrand confuses users: news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at the Lazada Group joining Alibaba’s IP protection platform, UKIPO granting its first multimedia mark, new Benelux director general begins, and much more.

18 June 2019

THE PATISSIER case: the registrability of foreign-language marks in Singapore

A Singapore boutique cake shop has successfully defended its registration for the mark THE PATISSIER (the French word ‘pâtissier’ means ‘pastry chef’) for a range of goods and services relating to bakery products.

07 June 2019

First INTA 2020 reception invite, Tom Brady fumbles trademark application, and Toys “R” Us brand returns: news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at highlights from the USPTO’s anti-counterfeiting conference, Alibaba’s plan to use blockchain technology for its IP protection system, and much more.

14 May 2019

Procedures and strategies for anti-counterfeiting: Singapore

The Trademarks Act is the main legislation governing trademark infringement and anti-counterfeiting in Singapore. Part VI of the act criminalises the counterfeiting of a registered trademark, falsely applying a registered trademark to goods or services, and making or possessing an article used for counterfeiting.

29 March 2019

Change.org responds to The Independent Group new name, IPOS GI registry, and delays at IP Australia: news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at consumers being frustrated by “disjointed” brand experiences, an Oregon-based clothing retailer in a trademark fight against Under Armour, brands in an age of political division, and much more.

15 March 2019

<em>Chicago Mercantile Exchange v Intercontinental Exchange</em>: exclusively descriptive names are not registrable trademarks

A recent decision of the IP Office of Singapore in invalidity proceedings illustrates that, even if a party is the sole provider of a particular product or service, it does not automatically acquire the right to register the mark covering that product or service.

30 January 2019

5-HOUR ENERGY case: registrar finds bad faith by inference

In opposition proceedings brought by International IP Holdings LLC against Lehman Holdings Limited’s applications to register a series of marks, the Hong Kong registrar has found that the only reasonable inference was that the applicant had copied the opponent’s mark.  

22 January 2019

Cracking the bad-faith code: U-LI case provides guidance on establishing bad faith

The decision of the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore in Tan Buck Hai v United U-LI Projects Pte Ltd offers a unique opportunity to understand the kinds of situations which will fall within the ground of bad faith.  

02 November 2018

Azerbaijan pledges IP reforms, plain packaging in Singapore, and Ecuador plans mediation center: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we look at the JPO offering a souvenir certificate for long-time rights holders, fashion brands stepping up their tech game, a new director at the Tunisian IP Office, and much more.