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

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 […]

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

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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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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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 […]

Singapore Trade Marks – Guccio Gucci S.P.A Succeeds in Opposition Proceedings Against Guccitech Industries (Pte Ltd)’s Similar Trade Mark – Guccio Gucci S.P.A V Guccitech Industries (Pte Ltd) [2018] SGIPOS 1

Reading Time: 9 minutesIn a decision rendered by the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS), IPOS held that Guccio Gucci S.p.A’s opposition against Guccitech Industries (Private Ltd)’s trade mark application succeeded. (A) Who are the parties involved in this case? Guccitech Industries (Private Limited) (Applicant) Incorporated in Singapore in 2010 and is engaged in the business of designing […]

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 […]

Registering a Patent in Singapore?

Reading Time: 7 minutesWhat is a patent and what are the benefits of registering it? A patent is an exclusive right that is granted for an invention. The invention can be a new product or new process, or a technical improvement to existing products or processes. This right last for 20 years from the date of filing or […]

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 […]

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. […]

Singapore Trade Marks-Starbucks Corporation v Morinaga Nyugyo Kabushiki Kaisha 2017 SGIPOS 18

Reading Time: 13 minutesIn a decision rendered by the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS), IPOS held that Starbucks’ opposition against Morinaga Milk Industry Co., Ltd’s trade mark application failed on all grounds. (A) Who are the parties involved in this case? (1) Morinaga Nyugyo Kabushiki Kaisha (Morinaga Milk Industry Co., Ltd.) (Applicant)  Japanese manufacturer of dairy products […]

Singapore Patents- Court of Appeals Disallows Amendments to Granted Claims in Warner-Lambert Company LLC v Novartis (Singapore) Pte Ltd

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 […]

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IPOS invalidates registered trade mark for lack of distinctiveness- Eley Trading Sdn Bhd v Kwek Soo Chuan [2017] SGIPOS 15

Reading Time: 8 minutesIn a decision rendered by an Assistant Registrar at the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS), IPOS invalidated a registered trade mark for its lack of distinctiveness. (A) Who are the parties involved in this case? Eley Trading Sdn Bhd (Applicant) Manufacturer and distributor of religious products sold in various countries including Singapore. Owner of […]