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Hong Kong Maritime Series: Will shipowners be protected by letters of indemnity for delivering cargoes to unnamed receivers?
Business,Hong Kong,Maritime,Regional Law

Reading Time: 6 minutesBackground It is not uncommon for charterers or shipowners to be offered a letter of indemnity (“LOI”) for delivery of cargo to a named receiver without the presentation of original bills of lading. This situation arises when the bills of lading cannot be produced or released at the load port before the cargo arrives at […]

Singapore Trade Marks – USA Pro IP Limited’s Applications for Invalidation and Revocation of Monfort Services’ Were Successfully Made Out – Monfort Services SDN.BHD.V.USA Pro IP Limited [2018] SGIPOS 3
Business,Intellectual Property,Legal Updates

Reading Time: 8 minutesIn a decision rendered by the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (“IPOS”), it has held that USA PRO IP Limited’s applications for invalidation and revocation succeeded on the ground of bad faith and non-use respectively. (A) Who are the parties involved in this case? USA Pro IP Limited (“Applicants”) The Applicants deposed that they are […]

Lao PDR Legal Alert: Business Competition Authority Established
Laos,Regional Law

Reading Time: 2 minutesThe Law on Business Competition (№ 60/NA, 14 July 2015) (“Competition Law”) was passed on 14 July 2015 and came into effect on 9 December 2015. In October 2018 an additional regulation was passed formalizing the establishment of the regulatory authority (the “Competition Authority”). With the establishment of the Competition Authority we expect to see […]

Building a Sustainable Enbloc Sale Market: Keeping Expectations Realistic
Business,Personal,Properties and Real Estate

Reading Time: 4 minutesAuthored by Kenneth Szeto and Benjamin Hong of Withers KhattarWong LLP Singapore was gripped with enbloc sale fever in the first half of 2018, a momentum that started gathering since early 2017, beginning with the Shunfu Ville transaction. The period witnessed the successful closing of several big ticket – near billion dollar – deals. We […]

SMU Lexicon: Looking for Creativity in Telephone Directories: Global Yellow Pages
Legal Updates

Reading Time: 5 minutesIntroduction In Global Yellow Pages Ltd v Promedia Directories Pte Ltd (“Global Yellow Pages”),1 the Court of Appeal (“CA”) clarified the extent of copyright protection afforded to databases. In doing so, the CA considered issues of copyright subsistence and infringement for compilation of factual material, providing guidance on the nature of copyright protection in Singapore. […]

Hong Kong Maritime Series: Would the Court impose conditions for granting relief
Hong Kong,Legal Updates,Regional Law

Reading Time: 4 minutesIntroduction In admiralty actions where there are cross claims, the procedure is governed by Order 75 Rule 41 of The Rules of High Court (Cap.4A) (“RHC”). The rule does not provide for an automatic deadline for a defence to a cross-claim to be filed, instead the Registrar of the High Court may give directions for […]

Regional Update: Thailand’s 2019 Power Development Plan: What to Expect
Business,Business Advice,Legal Updates,Regional Law,Thailand

Reading Time: 3 minutesDFDL Thailand, Bangkok | Expected in early January, Thailand’s forthcoming amended Power Development Plan (PDP) will set the course for nationwide power system development and operation over the coming years. The amended document will represent the first major update to Thailand’s PDP since 2015’s version, which in turn came three years after its predecessor. Each version […]

What do you need to know about Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDAs) in Singapore?
Business,Business Advice,Employment,Legal Contracts,Personal,Regional Law

Reading Time: 6 minutesIt’s not rare to keep valuable, or even potentially embarrassing information under wraps. In fact, it should be the norm. In early 2017, as the South Korean technology company, Samsung, began to roll-out its new Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, local online media outlet, Mothership, reported that a Singaporean man was asked to sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement […]

Hong Kong Maritime Series: Is the arresting party entitled to stop the judicial sale of the vessel as of right?
Business,Hong Kong,Legal Updates,Maritime,Regional Law

Reading Time: 4 minutesIntroduction In the recent case of The “Long Bright” [2018] SGHC 216, the Singaporean High Court had to decide on whether the arresting party who wishes to discontinue the action is entitled to release the arrested vessel and stop the judicial sale as of right even after bids from potential buyers have been received. The facts The […]

A contract is, but just a click away
Business,Business Advice,Criminal and Litigation,Personal

Reading Time: 7 minutesAvid shoppers will recognise the wonderful shopping bargains on Black Fridays, Cyber Mondays, 11.11 Singles Day and sales on 12.12. From e-retailers like Redmart to online marketplaces like Carousell, the convenience of the internet has indeed made it much easier for us to indulge in our occasional need for retail therapy. Online communication methods such […]

Hong Kong Maritime Series: Do you have to provide an undertaking in damages when you arrest a ship?
Business,Hong Kong,Maritime,Regional Law

Reading Time: 4 minutesIntroduction It is well established in the United Kingdom as long ago as 1858 that, an arresting party is not liable to pay for any damage resulting from a wrongful ship arrest[1] unless it acts in bad faith or with gross negligence. Also, an arresting party can arrest the ship as of right. Under such circumstances, […]

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. […]

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Hong Kong Maritime Series: Will shipowners be protected by letters of indemnity for delivering cargoes to unnamed receivers?

Reading Time: 6 minutesBackground It is not uncommon for charterers or shipowners to be offered a letter of indemnity (“LOI”) for delivery of cargo to a named receiver without the presentation of original bills of lading. This situation arises when the bills of lading cannot be produced or released at the load port before the cargo arrives at […]

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