Kiran Dharsan Seiter
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I am the Managing Partner of Seiter IP Consultants, LLP, with many years of experience in dealing with trademark, design and other IP matters in all Asia-Pacific jurisdictions. I have exceptional know-how in dealing with trademark agents and counsels in various South East Asian countries, the UK and other European jurisdictions, as well as the US and Latin America. I am admitted as an Advocate and Solicitor of Singapore and a member of the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple, one of the four Inns of Court in the UK. I am also a Partner and Foreign Law Consultant of Seiter Legal Studio (, a boutique Intellectual Property law firm based in Santa Monica, California, focusing on trademarks, copyright, Internet and domain name matters in the US and Latin America. I am an active member of the International Trademark Association (INTA), as the Vice Chair of its Non-Traditional Marks Committee, and is also a member of the European Communities Trade Mark Association (ECTA) and the Inter-American Association of Intellectual Property / Asociación Interamericana de la Propiedad Intelectual (ASIPI), serving on its Non-Traditional Marks Committee.

What do you need to know about the new Geographical Indications (GI) Registry?
Business,Intellectual Property,Trade Marks

Reading Time: 3 minutesOn 1 April 2019, Singapore’s Geographical Indications Rules 2019 will come into operation. The Rules, implementing the Geographical Indications Act 2014, create a new Registry of Geographical Indications administered by the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS) to enable producers of wines and spirits and of selected categories of agricultural products and foodstuffs, as well […]

Intellectual Property Commentary: The Lost Beat
Business,Business Advice,Intellectual Property,Legal Everyday

Reading Time: 3 minutesBeats Electronics, LLC lost its opposition in Singapore against the registration of LG’s mark for “QuadBeat” applied for in Class 9 for various goods, including “Audio Receivers; Headphones; Earphones; Headphones with microphone function; Headsets”. In the opposition, Beats Electronics, LLC relied on nine of its registered trademarks, including the word “BEATS” for a range of […]

Lost in Translation: A Balancing Act in Southeast Asia
Business,Business Advice,Intellectual Property

Reading Time: 8 minutesBrand owners with trademarks in English or another home country language who have strong business interests in Southeast Asia often wonder whether they should also protect their brands in local languages within targeted markets. One key factor in considering whether to file trademarks in multiple languages is typically cost. That said, sometimes it is better […]

The cost of litigation: Is it worth it?
Business,Business Advice,Intellectual Property

Reading Time: 4 minutesWith globalization, more and more small to medium sized companies (“SMEs”) in developing companies have proven to be worthy opponents to the larger, more established MNCs (“multi-national corporations”). How so? With the spirit of entrepreneurship, these SMEs are now producing similar goods and services at much lower costs than those offered by the MNCs. From […]

Commentary: Trade Marks in Singapore [Samsonite IP Holdings Sarl v An Sheng Trading Pte Ltd [2017] SGHC 18 ]
Business,Business Advice,Intellectual Property,Legal Updates

Reading Time: 5 minutesMost trade mark owners get frustrated when, legally, it is not possible to stop a parallel importer from importing and selling genuine goods in Singapore. Parallel importers are protected by the defence of exhaustion of rights under section 29(1) of the Trade Marks Act (“TMA”). Earlier this year, a case dealing with this very issue […]