HONG KONG: Trademarks with vulgar meaning may be invalidated in the PRC
Business,Business Advice,Hong Kong,Regional Law

Reading Time: 4 minutesIntroduction On 3 February 2019, the Higher People’s Court of Beijing Municipality (“Beijing High Court”) handed down its judgment and determined that the trademark “MLGB” had a vulgar meaning, was of low style, and may endanger the socialist morality; and therefore shall be invalidated in accordance with Article 10(8) of Trademark Law of the People’s […]

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 […]

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
Business,Intellectual Property

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 […]

Who pays the costs of implementing a website-blocking order in the context of trade mark infringement?
Legal Updates,Trade Marks

Reading Time: 4 minutesAs a follow up our previous articles, “Website Blocking Order – a Possible Remedy against Trade Mark Infringement on the Internet?“ and “English Court of Appeal Affirms Injunctions Against ISPs for Website Selling Counterfeits“, we now revisit the topic as the UK Supreme Court handed down its long-awaited judgement in Cartier International AG and others (Respondents) v British […]

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
Business,Intellectual Property,Trade Marks

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 […]

Legislative proposals for the Hong Kong Trade Marks (Amendment) Bill 2018
Hong Kong,Regional Law

Reading Time: 4 minutesIn “Applying for Trade Mark Protection in Multiple Jurisdictions: the Madrid System” Part I and Part II, we introduced the international registration of trademarks and the outcome of the three-month consultation exercise on the proposed application of the proposed application of the Protocol Relating to the Madrid Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Marks (“Madrid Protocol”) conducted in […]