Registering a Patent in Singapore?

Reading Time: 7 minutesWhat is a patent and what are the benefits of registering it? A patent is an exclusive right that is granted for an invention. The invention can be a new product or new process, or a technical improvement to existing products or processes. This right last for 20 years from the date of filing or […]

Well-known trademarks in the PRC

Reading Time: 4 minutesWell-known trademark recognition is a tool that offers a much broader scope of protection to trademark owners than those offered by normal registered trademarks. Having the well-known trademark status means that the mark has acquired high reputation and influence among the public through extensive and continuous use and has been recognised by the relevant public […]

Shipper not liable for trademark infringement: Louis Vuitton Malletier v Megastar Shipping Pte Ltd (PT Alvenindo Sukses Ekspress, Third Party) and Other Suits

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

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

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 […]

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IPOS invalidates registered trade mark for lack of distinctiveness- Eley Trading Sdn Bhd v Kwek Soo Chuan [2017] SGIPOS 15

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 […]

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PIXEL MESH – Intellectual Property Issues for Online Content Creators, Game Developers and Tech Innovators

Reading Time: 10 minutesDuring a panel discussion organized by Asia Law Network and PIXEL, Adrian Kwong (managing director of Consigclear LLC), Jeremiah Chew (senior associate at Ascendant Legal) and Deitrich Mohan (Game room and 3Bode media) discussed intellectual property issues surrounding the gaming and media industry. The panel answered a range of questions, from broad categories of: Basic […]

FAQ on Trademark Registration in Hong Kong
Protect Your Brand – FAQ on Trademark Registration in Hong Kong

Reading Time: 4 minutes#1 .  What counts as a trademark? A trademark usually takes the form of a logo that would serve as distinctive corporate identity. It may consist of text and numbers, as well as more intangible elements such as colour, sound, smell and shape. The full definition according to the Intellectual Property Department (IPD) of Hong […]

Trademark Guide to Trademarks in Singapore
Guide to trade marks and trade mark registration (Part 2 of 2)

Reading Time: 5 minutesIn a two-part series, lawyer Jeremiah Chew shares more about trade marks and trade mark registration in Singapore. In the second part of this series, Jeremiah breaks down the application process and explains what is required to successfully register your trade mark. #1.  How do I go about applying for trade mark registration? You will […]

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What is a trademark?

Reading Time: 5 minutesA trademark refers to any ‘sign’ such as a word, phrase, symbol, image, shape, sound, smell, colour or combination of things that identifies and differentiates the goods or services of one trader from the similar goods or services of other traders.  A registered trademark gives the owner rights to use the trademark as registered (and […]

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Guide to trade marks and trade mark registration (Part 1 of 2)

Reading Time: 5 minutesIn a two-part series, lawyer Jeremiah Chew shares more about trade marks and trade mark registration in Singapore. In the first part of this series, Jeremiah answers some common questions regarding trade marks. Interested to find out what a trade mark is and what you can do with a registered trade mark? Read on to […]