Find Out More About Venture Capital in the Legal Tech Scene with Zing Yang, CFO, Asia Law Network

Reading Time: 4 minutesZing Yang along with “Venture Capital in the Legal Tech Space” panellists at TechLaw.Fest 2019 Asia Law Network’s Content Manager sits down with Zing Yang, Asia Law Network’s Chief Financial Officer and moderator for TechLaw.Fest 2019’s Venture Capital in the Legal Tech Space talk that took place on 5 September 2019 at the Sands Expo […]

Hong Kong: Protection for employers against team move (Part II): Springboard Injunction

Reading Time: 5 minutesIntroduction If a senior employee abuses his power and uses his senior position to exert his influence over his subordinate or junior employees to foment their resignations to join a new employer (often the employer’s competitor) or misuses the employer’s confidential information that only senior employees have access to, and uses such information to negotiate […]

Harassment Complaints: What Companies Should Know & Do

Reading Time: 7 minutesIn early March 2019, Parliament announced that the Tripartite Alliance for Fair and Progressive Employment Practices (TAFEP) would provide more resources to help both employees and employers tackle workplace harassment[1]. Although not widely discussed, harassment does take place in Singaporean workplaces. It is important to understand that workplace harassment can affect anyone; whether male or […]

Hong Kong: Claiming damages in addition to setting aside void disposition in insolvency

Reading Time: 5 minutesIntroduction Section 284 of the Insolvency Act 1986, which is the equivalent of section 42 of the Bankruptcy Ordinance (Cap. 6), provides that where a person is adjudged bankrupt, disposition of property made by that person in the period from the day of the presentation of the petition to the vesting of the bankrupt’s estate […]

Hong Kong: A glimpse of hearing at Hong Kong’s Trade Marks Registry

Reading Time: 5 minutesIntroduction Whilst trade mark infringement and passing-off are common areas of dispute in the courts in Hong Kong these days, contentious matters arising from or in connection with trade mark registration, such as opposition to registration, request for a declaration of invalidity in respect of a registered trade mark which did not qualify for registration […]

What is the role of cyber insurance in data protection?

Reading Time: 14 minutesINTRODUCTION As our world becomes ever more digitalised and data-driven, cyberattacks and data security breaches have surfaced as prominent threats to businesses and individuals alike. The increasing emergence of threats originating in the digital space has rendered the conduct of business more complex by necessitating the urgent adoption of new cybersecurity and data protection measures. […]

Second Edition of TechLaw.Fest Addresses Challenges Surrounding Data Access and Control, Data Security, 5G, and the Role of Data in Commerce

Reading Time: 2 minutesThe second edition of TechLaw.Fest will continue to cast a spotlight on the state of Asia’s legal innovation and in particular examine issues surrounding data – among them – responsible data use, its access and control, security and 5G, and the role of data in commerce. The two-day event will be opened by Minister for Law and Home Affairs, Mr […]

SMU Lexicon: The Supremacy of the “Taxpayer-Intentions” Approach to the Capital-Income Divide: GBG v The Comptroller of Income Tax

Reading Time: 6 minutesIntroduction The Income Tax Board of Review (“ITBR”) decision in the 2016 case of GBG v The Comptroller of Income Tax[1] (“GBG”) has shed some light on the conditions that must be fulfilled before the costs of debt may be deducted against taxable income. More importantly, it establishes the legal principle that whether expenditure is […]

Hong Kong: A blow to the giant – Adidas loses trademark battle against Shoe Branding Europe BVBA

Reading Time: 5 minutesIntroduction On 19 June 2019, The European Union General Court (the “General Court”) dismissed the appeal application filed by Adidas and upheld the decision of European Intellectual Property Office (“EUIPO”)’s Second Board of Appeal that, among other things, Adidas’ signature mark of parallel equidistant stripes lacks the distinctiveness required for it to be qualified for […]

Why was McDonald’s “BIG MAC” trade mark revoked in Europe?

Reading Time: 4 minutesIntroduction In the European Union Intellectual Property Office’s (“EUIPO”) decision in Supermac’s (Holdings) Ltd v McDonald’s International Property Company, Ltd dated 11 January 2019, the EUIPO revoked McDonald’s rights in respect of the trade mark “BIG MAC”. The reason for the decision was that McDonald’s had failed to provide sufficient evidence to the EUIPO to prove that […]

Advertising and promoting your business: What’s legal?

Reading Time: 5 minutesAdvertisements in Singapore are generally self-regulated by industry. This role is performed by the Advertising Standards Authority of Singapore (ASAS), and the Singapore Code of Advertising Practice (SCAP). The SCAP is not legally binding. However, this does not suggest that all forms of advertising practice are condoned. Consumers of advertisements and advertisers themselves act as […]