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 […]

HONG KONG: The new Significant Controllers Register – Revealing Beneficial Ownership of Companies

Reading Time: 5 minutesIntroduction Following the Financial Services and the Treasury Bureau’s (“FSTB”) consultation conclusion published in April 2017 regarding the enhancement of anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing regulation in Hong Kong, the Companies Ordinance (Cap. 622 of the Laws of Hong Kong) is amended with effect from 1 March 2018 (the “New Requirements”), which requires companies incorporated […]

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What is Criminal Breach of Trust (CBT) in Singapore?

Reading Time: 4 minutesA person may be charged with an offence for a criminal breach of trust (“CBT”) if he dishonestly misappropriates, takes, uses or dispose of any property which he has control over. The offence is described under s. 405 to 409 of the Penal Code, Cap. 224. A CBT is committed if: A person who is […]

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Two Tier Board and Register of Controllers and Nominee Directors

Reading Time: 3 minutesBoard of Directors – Emergence of the Two Tier Board Recent developments have seen the emergence of the two tier board and the increase of the independent director role. Independent and non-executive directors are commonly found in listed companies.  Listed companies appear to have the budgets and the depth of business necessary to support the […]

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Is maintenance for wives still necessary?

Reading Time: 6 minutesWhen people hear the term “maintenance” being used in the family law context, their first instinct would be to associate it with children or women. This is unsurprising given that women were historically perceived to be financially dependent on their spouses, and hence greater protection needed to be accorded as they were the more vulnerable […]

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Coworking Spaces and Letter of Demand

Reading Time: 3 minutesCoworking Spaces: A Brief Tour The rise of the cowork space signals a change in the tide relating to commercial work space and a fresh look at traditional working methods. We would like to take you on a brief tour of the cowork space landscape in Singapore. It is useful to note that the cowork […]

FAQ on Trademark Registration in Hong Kong
Protect Your Brand – FAQ on Trademark Registration in Hong Kong

Reading Time: 4 minutes#1 .  What counts as a trademark? A trademark usually takes the form of a logo that would serve as distinctive corporate identity. It may consist of text and numbers, as well as more intangible elements such as colour, sound, smell and shape. The full definition according to the Intellectual Property Department (IPD) of Hong […]

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Lawyers in Hong Kong: Kristi Swartz from Bryan Cave LLP

Reading Time: 6 minutesIn this Lawyers in Hong Kong feature, we interview Kristi Swartz, Managing Partner of Bryan Cave LLP Hong Kong. Kristi concentrates her practice in corporate finance and securities. She has experience with SFC and HKEx Listing and compliance issues. She has acted for, and successfully defended, both companies and Directors (to include INEDS) on enquiries and investigations […]

Lawyers in Hong Kong: Dominic Wai from ONC Lawyers

Reading Time: 3 minutesIn this Lawyers in Hong Kong feature, we interview Dominic Wai, Partner of ONC Lawyers.  Dominic’s practice focuses on advising clients on matters relating to anti-corruption, white-collar crime, law enforcement, regulatory and compliance matters in Hong Kong, including advice on anti-money laundering. He also handles cases involving corporate litigation, shareholders’ disputes and insolvency matters, defamation cases, […]

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Administrative Contract under Thai Law: Procedure and remedy in an event of breach

Reading Time: 7 minutesIntroduction: Why do administrative contracts matter? In countries with a Dual Court System (e.g. France, Germany and Thailand) the type of courts are divided into: (1) the court which has the competent jurisdiction over disputes arising out of private matters and (2) the court which has the competent jurisdiction over disputes arising out of public […]

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JC Legal Expands Practice in US and EU

Reading Time: 2 minutesJoining Forces with Rooney Nimmo 25 June 2018 – Hong Kong law firm JC Legal announces today its affiliation with Rooney Nimmo, an international corporate law firm based in New York, London, Edinburgh and San Francisco, to grow its practice in the United States and the European Union. The move enhances the cross-border capacities of […]