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Copyright Act: How To Protect Your Work

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 […]

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Tax Deductions for Costs relating to Intellectual Property

Reading Time: 4 minutesTax deductions are available for costs incurred in the registration, acquisition and licensing of intellectual property. In an effort to support innovation and the secure commercialisation of intellectual property, the Singapore Budget 2018 (“2018 Budget”) has extended and enhanced certain aspects of the existing tax benefits for YA 2019 to 2025. Income Tax Act Registration […]

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My product has a copycat. What should I do?

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. It has been said that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. However, product owners probably wouldn’t agree. Having your competitor copy your product can lead to a range […]

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A Basic Guide to Enforcing your Patent in Singapore

Reading Time: 6 minutesWith the Singapore government looking to cement the country’s reputation as a leading startup hub, the climate for starting your own business has never been more favorable. As an aspiring entrepreneur, you may be looking to provide a new product or process that you think may fulfil an unmet market demand. This is your invention, […]

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Registered Designs Act: A Brief Introduction

Reading Time: 6 minutesDesign infringement is more common than you think! In 2016, a gadget called the Fidget Cube was launched on Kickstarter by a start-up company, Antsy Labs. Soon, it became one of Kickstarter’s Top 10 most funded projects in history – raising nearly US$6.5 million in funding from interested buyers. But when the product was delayed […]

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Copyright Law In Singapore: A Brief Overview

Reading Time: 6 minutesA Brief History of Singapore’s Copyright Law Singapore’s modern copyright law started on 10 April 1987, when the Copyright Act passed by Parliament on 26 January 1987 commenced. It was passed as a result of pressure from America (US). In comparison with Bahamas, another country which had to amend its copyright laws due to US […]

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How copyright applies to AI-generated works

Reading Time: 7 minutesThis article is written by Benita Lau from Taylor Vinters Via LLC and published with Tech in Asia and Asia Law Network. You can read the article on Tech in Asia here.  Introduction Historically, artificial intelligence was distinguished from the human by the capacity of the latter for imagination, creativity and sensitivity. However, as computer-generated literature and artwork continue […]

A Guide to Legally Using Images from The Internet

Reading Time: 10 minutesHave you ever downloaded an image from the internet to use in your presentation? Or perhaps, re-posted the image in your personal social media account, or used it as a cover picture for a blog post? Myth: If it’s online, it’s free. Many people think that anything that can be found on the internet is […]

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5 Common Misconceptions about Copyright in Singapore

Reading Time: 5 minutesMisconception 1 – Ideas can be protected by copyright law A fundamental principle of copyright law is that ideas cannot be protected, but original expressions of an idea may be. For example, the idea of extraterrestrials visiting Earth has long fascinated many of us. This one idea has given birth to creative content featuring aliens […]

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Protecting your Graphical User Interface (GUI)

Reading Time: 8 minutesProtecting your Graphical User Interface (GUI) – what are your options? Whether in relation to gaming, communication, payment, or even an amalgamation of multiple functions, technology companies are leveraging on the use of mobile applications (“apps”) to reach a massive audience of smartphone users. A critical factor determining public reception to an app is its […]

Trans-Pacific Partnership and Intellectual Property: 4 Things You Should Know

Reading Time: 5 minutesThis article was originally published by our friends across the Causeway on TheMalaysianLawyer.com and is a guest post by Chua Sher Hann.   With our social media feed flooded with so much anti Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) literature attacking this contentious trade agreement in recent months, it can be extremely tempting to jump onto the anti-TPP bandwagon. The most […]