Singapore Trade Marks – Settling Differences? US Tech Giant Apple Inc Fails to Prevent Swiss Watchmaker Swatch AG from Trade Mark Registration – APPLE INC. V SWATCH AG (SWATCH SA) (SWATCH LTD) [2018] SGIPOS 15
Business,Intellectual Property,Legal Updates

Reading Time: 10 minutesIn a decision rendered by the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS), IPOS has thought different from Apple Inc as it allowed Swatch AG to proceed with their “Tick different” registration. (A) Who are the parties involved in this case? (a) Apple Inc. (“Opponent”, also referred to as Apple) Apple is a Californian technology company founded in 1976. […]

Singapore Trade Marks – Clarins Fragrance Group’s Opposition Against Benq Materials Corp’s Trade Mark Application Failed on All Pleaded Grounds – Clarins Fragrance Group F.K.A Thierry Mugler Parfums S.A.S. V Benq Materials Corp/ [2018] SGIPOS 2
Business,Legal Updates,Trade Marks

Reading Time: 8 minutesIn a decision rendered by the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS), it was held that Clarins Fragrance Group’s opposition against BenQ Materials Corp.’s trade mark application failed on all grounds. (A) Who are the parties involved in this case? BenQ Materials Corp. (Applicant) A company based in Taiwan and listed on the Taiwan Stock […]

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
Business,Intellectual Property

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 […]

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 […]

Startups — How to work with lawyers at each stage of funding
Business,Business Advice,Cryptocurrency,Fintech,Funding,Startups

Reading Time: 6 minutesStartups need to adjust how they work with lawyers as they grow, scale and expand. How can lawyers help startups meet their changing legal needs? Lawyers Ronald JJ Wong (Associate Director, Covenant Chambers LLC) and Patrick Dahm (Consultant, Samuel Seow Law Corporation) educated startups and shared crucial tips on how startups can work with lawyers […]

Patent Strategies for Startups
Fintech,Startups

Reading Time: 7 minutesStartups generally worry that acquiring a patent is prohibitively expensive As discussed in the first patent article, the cost of patenting is high and generally several order of magnitudes higher than the cost of acquiring other IP rights such as trade mark and industrial design rights. A cohesive patent strategy can yield significant competitive advantage […]

Top 5 misconceptions start-ups have about patents in Singapore
Business,Business Advice,Fintech,Startups

Reading Time: 5 minutesContinuing from the previous IP article, patent attorney Chan Wai Yeng from Taylor Vinters Via LLC  talks about the top five misconceptions about patenting which startups should be aware of.  Intellectual property protection is an important consideration for most start-ups. The exclusive monopoly that comes with patents can help start-ups carve a niche in a crowded marketplace. […]

Patent 101: Things you need to know before patenting
Business,Business Advice,Fintech,Startups

Reading Time: 9 minutesEureka! You have just created a great new product, UX, or developed an improved manufacturing process with significant reduction in production time. You know your invention has tremendous commercial value, and you are keen to share your idea with a potential business partner. But hold on for a minute. Before you disclose your invention to […]