Vietnam Legal Update: New Competition Law Will be Effective Soon

Reading Time: 6 minutesOn July 1, 2019, the new Law on Competition (“2018 Law”) will take effect and it has some significant differences from the existing Law on Competition (“2014 Law”).  While certain details are yet to be determined, below we will outline some of the significant differences that businesses should note between the two laws.  In addition, […]

5 Legal Tips for Your Esports Team Business

Reading Time: 6 minutesAre you looking to start an esports team? In this final article of a two part series on eports and law by video games and entertainment lawyer, Adrian Kwong, we look at things from the perspective of someone on the business side, such as a team owner or manager. In the first article, I touched […]

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Singapore Patents – High Court Upholds Validity of Patent and Grants Declaration of Validity and Declaration of Infringement of Asserted Claims – Rohm and Haas Electronic Materials CMP Holdings V Nexplanar Corp and Another [2017] SGHC 310

Reading Time: 18 minutesIn a decision rendered by George Wei J of the Singapore High Court dated 8 December 2017, the High Court upheld the validity of the Rohm and Haas Electronic Materials CMP Holdings, Inc’s patent, granted a declaration of the said patent’s validity, as well as a declaration that the asserted claims of the patent were […]

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Further on the First Conduct Rule – Is Hong Kong falling behind on the rules governing anti-competitive conduct?

Reading Time: 4 minutesOn 9 April 2018 the Competition Commission (the “Commission”) issued an Advisory Bulletin (the “Bulletin”) addressing competition concerns regarding practices in relation to hiring and employment terms and conditions in the employment marketplace (see, our newsletter published in May 2018). The Bulletin is intended to be read alongside with the Commission’s Guideline on the First […]

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The Court of Appeal clarifies the nature and standard of proof of Market Misconduct Tribunal proceedings in Hong Kong

Reading Time: 4 minutesIn Securities and Futures Commission v Cheng Chak Ngok and Another (CACV 95/2017, 10 September 2018), the Securities and Futures Commission (the “SFC”) appealed against the decision of the Market Misconduct Tribunal (the “MMT”) that Mr Cheng Chak Ngok (“Mr Cheng”) had not engaged in insider dealing in the shares of China Gas Holdings Limited (“China Gas”). […]

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The Court of Final Appeal’s ruling on the right to dependent visas for same-sex couples in Hong Kong

Reading Time: 4 minutesIntroduction In our October 2017 newsletter, we discussed the judgment of the Court of Appeal (the “CA”) in QT v Director of Immigration CACV 117/2016, where the decision of the Court of First Instance (the “CFI”) was reversed and the CA held that the Director of Immigration’s refusal to grant dependant visa to an expatriate in a same-sex […]

Sale of Food in Singapore – What do you know?

Reading Time: 8 minutesIn March 2018, an outbreak of Cantaloupe-listeria bacteria affected many rock melons imported into Singapore from Australia, and this resulted in a recall of the affected Australian rock melons. It was surprising that these affected rock melons had bypassed the rigorous system of agricultural checks in Australia, which had been commended by Singapore in August […]

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Employment Claims Tribunals to hear wrongful dismissal and salary-related claims from April 2019

Reading Time: 6 minutesThe story In 60 Seconds Proposed amendments to the Employment Act (“EA“) include the enhancement of the existing employment dispute resolution framework. This includes empowering the Employment Claims Tribunal (“ECT“) to adjudicate wrongful dismissal claims, in addition to salary-related disputes, with effect from 1 April 2019. Read with other tabled changes to the EA, the […]

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Singapore Patents – High Court Disallows Correction to Patent Register with regard to Error in Priority Application Number due to undue delay and there being no exceptional grounds to rely upon for Bristol-Myers in seeking correction – Novartis (Singapore) Pte Ltd V Bistrol-Myers Squibb Pharma Co [2017] SGHC 322

Reading Time: 7 minutesIn a decision rendered by Singapore’s High Court on 20 December 2017, the High Court allowed an application by Novartis (Singapore) Pte Ltd (commenced under Section 44(1) of the Patents Act) and reversed the Registrar’s decision to grant correction to the Register in respect of corrections to priority application number of Bristol-Myers Squibb Pharma Company’s […]

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Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights in Hong Kong: The Court of Appeal overturned same-sex civil servants benefits

Reading Time: 4 minutesIntroduction In our Newsletter in June 2017, we discussed the judgment of the Court of First Instance (“CFI”) in Leung Chun Kwong v Secretary for the Civil Service and Another HCAL 258/2015, where the CFI ruled that the Hong Kong Government should grant the same spousal benefits to employees in same-sex marriages as those enjoyed by their heterosexual […]