Vietnam Legal Updates: Bankruptcy Settlement Procedures

Reading Time: 3 minutesThe Ministry of Justice, the Supreme People’s Procuracy and the Supreme People’s Court issued Joint Circular No. 07/2018/TTLT-BTP-VKSNDTC-TANDTC dated 12 June 2018, on cooperation in enforcement of court’s decisions on bankruptcy settlements (“Joint Circular 07”), which came into effect on 1 August 2018. Joint Circular 07 sets forth new guidelines on cooperation in the procedures […]

The Polo/Lauren Company, L.P. v Royal County of Berkshire Polo Club Ltd

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 […]

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 […]

Time for Hong Kong to revisit the meaning of “dishonesty”

Reading Time: 5 minutesBackground “Dishonesty” is an element to be established by the prosecution in a number of criminal offences, including theft and conspiracy to defraud. R v Ghosh [1982] QB 1053 had been a landmark case formulating the two-stage test on “dishonesty” as a direction to jury (the “Ghosh directions”), which comprised of:  Whether the defendant’s conduct was dishonest […]

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Australian Customs Issues for the New Financial Year

Reading Time: 3 minutesThe start of the new Australian financial year brings about a number of changes that exporters to Australia should be aware of. Some changes are so significant that Amazon.com has said that it will no longer ship to Australian addresses. However, while there are increased compliance issues, there are also new benefits that exporters should […]

Thailand: A Promising Location for Investment

Reading Time: 3 minutesEven against the background of significant changes of the political landscape in Thailand over the past years, as well as the shortage of skilled workers, the country is still regarded amongst one of the best destinations in ASEAN for foreign investment. Thailand is the second largest, highly diversified economy in ASEAN after Indonesia and the […]

Protecting Vulnerable Workers Bill and the Repercussions for Franchisors
Protecting Vulnerable Workers Bill and the Repercussions for Franchisors in Australia

Reading Time: 2 minutesOn 5 September 2017, the Fair Work Amendment (Protecting Vulnerable Workers) Bill 2017 (the Bill) was passed by both houses of Parliament. The Bill has recently received Royal Assent, making changes to the Fair Work Act 2009 (Act) Significant Changes There are significant changes for franchisors, in the aim of protecting vulnerable workers. Some of […]

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Maintaining Beneficial Ownership Register – Cayman Islands and British Virgin Islands (BVI)

Reading Time: 9 minutesIntroduction Following the Government of the Virgin Islands’ report on the public consultation of beneficial ownership of legal entities published in February 2015, the Beneficial Ownership Secure Search System Act 2017 was enacted and came into force on 30 June 2017, which requires certain BVI companies to obtain and maintain updated beneficial ownership information, by […]

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. […]

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Reduction of Government Fees for Corporate Registration in Thailand

Reading Time: 2 minutesIn order to promote and facilitate the Thailand’s ease of doing business as well as to improve Thailand’s ranking in the next evaluation of the World Bank, including to boost the country’s competitiveness and to increase the opportunity of Thailand to become an effective investment hub in Southeast Asia, the Ministry of Commerce has recently […]