Renee Xavier
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Renee founded the law firm, Alpha & Omega, with the vision to complement the provision of quality legal advice in the area of IP with valuable input on using IP to enhance business growth.

The Polo/Lauren Company, L.P. v Royal County of Berkshire Polo Club Ltd
Business,Business Advice,Intellectual Property,Legal Updates

Reading Time: 9 minutesIn a decision rendered by an Assistant Registrar at the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS), IPOS held that an application for declaration of invalidity of Royal County of Berkshire Polo Club Ltd’s trade mark failed on all grounds. (A) Who are the parties involved in this case? The Polo/Lauren Company, L.P. (Applicant) A limited […]

Shipper not liable for trademark infringement: Louis Vuitton Malletier v Megastar Shipping Pte Ltd (PT Alvenindo Sukses Ekspress, Third Party) and Other Suits
Business,Intellectual Property,Legal Updates,Regional Law

Reading Time: 11 minutesIn a decision rendered by George Wei J, the Singapore High Court held that a freight forwarder was not liable for trade mark infringement in respect of counterfeit goods that were imported into Singapore and meant to be sent to a third party in Batam. (A) Who are the parties involved in this case? 1. […]

Singapore Trade Marks-Starbucks Corporation v Morinaga Nyugyo Kabushiki Kaisha 2017 SGIPOS 18
Business,Intellectual Property,Legal Updates,Regional Law

Reading Time: 13 minutesIn a decision rendered by the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS), IPOS held that Starbucks’ opposition against Morinaga Milk Industry Co., Ltd’s trade mark application failed on all grounds. (A) Who are the parties involved in this case? (1) Morinaga Nyugyo Kabushiki Kaisha (Morinaga Milk Industry Co., Ltd.) (Applicant)  Japanese manufacturer of dairy products […]

Singapore Patents- Court of Appeals Disallows Amendments to Granted Claims in Warner-Lambert Company LLC v Novartis (Singapore) Pte Ltd
Business,Intellectual Property,Legal Updates,Regional Law

Reading Time: 10 minutesIn a decision rendered by Singapore’s Court of Appeal on 1 August 2017, the Court of Appeal dismissed an appeal to make various amendments to patent claims, reasoning that the granted claims were obviously invalid to begin with and that there was undue delay by the plaintiff in seeking amendments. (A)  Who are the parties […]

IPOS invalidates registered trade mark for lack of distinctiveness- Eley Trading Sdn Bhd v Kwek Soo Chuan [2017] SGIPOS 15
Business,Intellectual Property,Legal Updates

Reading Time: 8 minutesIn a decision rendered by an Assistant Registrar at the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS), IPOS invalidated a registered trade mark for its lack of distinctiveness. (A) Who are the parties involved in this case? Eley Trading Sdn Bhd (Applicant) Manufacturer and distributor of religious products sold in various countries including Singapore. Owner of […]

Patent Revocation Proceedings: Sun Electric Pte Ltd v Sunseap Group Pte Ltd and others [2017] SGHC 232
Intellectual Property,Legal Updates,Regional Law

Reading Time: 8 minutesIn a decision rendered by George Wei J of the Singapore High Court dated 30 June 2017, the High Court held that it does not have the jurisdiction to hear revocation proceedings or to grant an order for revocation by counterclaim. (A) Who are the parties involved in this case? (a) Sun Electric Pte Ltd […]

Copyright Act: How To Protect Your Work
Intellectual Property

Reading Time: 5 minutesCreative influences are inherent in all works, and that’s a good thing! It’s a commonly accepted fact that many great creative works borrow references, influences, themes and visual aesthetics among others from each other. Think of the gritty rain-drenched streets of the future in ‘Blade Runner‘, and the influence its aesthetics had not only on contemporary […]

How to start a tech startup in Singapore, according to a lawyer
Business,Business Advice,Competition Law

Reading Time: 5 minutesThis article is part of Asia Law Network’s partnership with Tech in Asia where we publish articles written by lawyers on their advice for startup founders. For a successful startup journey, it’s crucial to get the foundation right, especially in the ideation and seed stages. If you’re starting a startup in Singapore, here are some legal considerations to […]