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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. […]

Hong Kong Case Study: Applications of non-primary care parents to relocate abroad with their children
Divorce and Child Custody,Hong Kong,Legal Updates,Personal,Regional Law

Reading Time: 3 minutesIntroduction There is a common perception that the application to remove a child permanently overseas is less likely to be successful if the non-primary care parent is the applicant. Indeed, the Court tends to maintain the current living arrangement of a child in order to avoid significant disruptions in his life. As such, the Court […]

Cambodia Legal Alert: Cambodia’s Latest Draft Competition Law
Cambodia,Legal Updates,Regional Law

Reading Time: 4 minutesEarlier this year, Cambodia issued an English version of its Competition Law entitled Version 5.7 stated to be “based on the Draft Khmer Version as of 13 FEB 2018” (“Law”).  Below we describe some of the key features of the Law.  We have been informed that this is a final version and that it is […]

SMU Lexicon: Frustrating the No-Frustrating Rule – the Singapore Code on Takeovers and Mergers
Legal Updates

Reading Time: 13 minutesIntroduction An increasing number of iconic home-grown listed companies are acquired by foreign firms such as Raffles Hotel, Robinsons department store, Asia Pacific Breweries, and Fraser & Neave.2 The trend has raised public concerns of whether the government, should do more to protect local brands in Singapore. This leads to the question of whether no-frustration […]

Thailand Legal Alert: Summary of Changes to LPA
Legal Updates,Regional Law,Thailand

Reading Time: 3 minutesThe National Legislative Assembly approved a resolution for the new draft Labor Protection Act (Amendment) on 14 December 2018. The amendment to the LPA is expected to be published soon and will come into effect within 30 days from the publication date in the Royal Gazette. The law is expected to take effect in March […]

Do you need to recycle E-Waste in Singapore? What is E-Waste?
Business,Personal

Reading Time: 5 minutesAs technology is rapidly advancing, we see more and more older electronic items disposed of after becoming obsolete.  Old TVs, refrigerators, air conditioners, are now seen to be picked up by “Karangoonis” or by public waste collectors (PWCs). However, more often than not, by taking a step forward in the technology world, we are actually […]

Cambodia Tax Update: Important – Taxation of Individuals
Cambodia,Regional Law

Reading Time: 4 minutesWhilst a lot of discussion has been in made in recent times regarding the impact of the proposed seniority payments a much more significant and far-reaching area of tax reform is expected to be ushered into effect with the anticipated  promulgation into law this month of the 2019 Law on Financial Management (2019LFM). Compared to […]

Singapore Trade Marks – Clarins Fragrance Group’s Opposition Against Benq Materials Corp’s Trade Mark Application Failed on All Pleaded Grounds – Clarins Fragrance Group F.K.A Thierry Mugler Parfums S.A.S. V Benq Materials Corp/ [2018] SGIPOS 2
Business,Legal Updates,Trade Marks

Reading Time: 8 minutesIn a decision rendered by the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS), it was held that Clarins Fragrance Group’s opposition against BenQ Materials Corp.’s trade mark application failed on all grounds. (A) Who are the parties involved in this case? BenQ Materials Corp. (Applicant) A company based in Taiwan and listed on the Taiwan Stock […]

Hong Kong Regional Update: When would using a computer be a crime? CFI decision narrowed the scope of application of the offence of accessing a computer with dishonest intent
Business,Cybersecurity,Hong Kong,Regional Law

Reading Time: 4 minutesIntroduction The offence of “access to a computer with dishonest or criminal intent” under section 161 of Crimes Ordinance (Cap. 200) (the “Offence”) has been widely used by the prosecution for cases including taking upskirt photos, hacking, cyber frauds and leaving provocative comments on the internet. In a recent ruling of the Court of First […]

Organ Trading in Singapore – Is it time to lift the ban?
Criminal and Litigation,Organ Donation,Personal

Reading Time: 5 minutesOrgan trading is illegal In 2008,  prominent businessman Tang Wee Sung, then owner of the CK Tang departmental store was jailed for a day and fined $17,000 for trying to purchase a kidney. Organ trading is illegal in Singapore and banned by the Human Organ Transplant Act (HOTA). Despite various amendments to the law, organ […]

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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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