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In Singapore, post-grant amendments are allowed at the discretion of the court or the Registrar.  The amendments are assessed under Section 84(3) of the Patents Act.

The court or the Registrar may allow the amendments to the specification of the patent if:

(a)    The amendment does not result in disclosing additional matter; or
(b)    The amendment does not extend the protection conferred by the patent.

The Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (“IPOS”) recently issued a circular on updated guidelines on the assessment of post-grant amendments.  The circular clarified the basis of such amendments follows the recent Singapore High Court decisions in Ship’s Equipment Centre Bremen GmbH v Fuji Trading (Singapore) Pty Ltd & Ors [2015] SGHC 159 (“The Ship’s Case”) and more recently in Warner-Lambert Company LLC v Novartis (Singapore) Pte Ltd [2016] SGHC 106.  Both cases considered and affirmed the guidelines for patent post-grant amendments set down in Smith Kline and French Laboratories Limited v Evans Medical Limited [1989] FSR 561.

In Warner-Lambert Company LLC v Novartis Pte Ltd, apart from the requirement of Section 84(3) i.e. extension of scope of protection conferred by the patent, the court exercised its discretion to reject the proposed amendment due to an undue and inexplicable delay on the part of the plaintiff in requesting for the amendments.  It was held that the plaintiff had had many opportunities to amend its patent both pre-grant and post-grant, and the plaintiff did not adequately explain the delay.

In light of the above decision and the earlier decision in The Ship’s Case, IPOS has reviewed and updated its practice on the assessment of post-grant amendments including the additional criteria.  It requires the patentee to make full disclosure of all relevant matters in relation to the proposed amendments as to whether they were made in a timely manner - i.e. whether there was any unreasonable delay in seeking amendments and whether the patentee has gained an unfair advantage by delaying the amendments.

These procedural changes impact the pending post-grant amendments.  Patentees should be prompt in filing post-grant amendments if any are necessary. The patent applications that are pending should consider filing a pre-grant amendment if the applicant comes across a prior art in another jurisdiction that may affect the validity of the patent.

The Ministry of Law and Human Rights (MoLHR) of Indonesia recently issued regulations outlining the procedure for recordal of IP license agreements in Indonesia. It should be noted that while the regulations were recently issued, the law requiring recordal of license agreements has been in place since 2000 (industrial designs), 2001 (trademarks and patents) and in 2002 as amended in 2014 (copyright).

The recordal of license agreements with the Directorate General of Intellectual Property Rights (DGIP) is mandatory pursuant to Article 43 (3) of the Indonesian Trademark Law (Law No. 15 Year 2001), Article 72 (1) of Patent Law (Law No. 14 Year 2001), Article 35 (1) of the Industrial Design Law (Law No. 31 Year 2000) and Article 83 (1) of the Copyright Law (Law No. 28 Year 2014). Without such recordal, a license agreement cannot be enforced against third parties. Prior to the issuance of these regulations, IP owners simply filed a copy of their license agreements with the DGIP for the purposes of obtaining an official stamp as evidence of such recordal and to demonstrate their good faith.

The new regulations issued on February 24, 2016, lay down the requirements and procedures for recordal of intellectual property license agreements covering copyrights, trademarks, patents, industrial designs, integrated circuit layout designs and trade secrets.

A request for recordal may be filed by the licensor, licensee or their duly authorized representative. Such request is filed in writing with the MoLHR of Indonesia or electronically through an online filing portal using the DGIP website.

As stated in Article 4 of the regulations, the following documentary requirements are required to proceed with the recordal of an IP license agreement:

1. A copy of the license agreement or evidence of the license agreement;
2. A copy or certified true copy of the COR of the valid patents, trademarks, industrial designs, layout design of integrated circuit, or proof of ownership of copyright, related rights, or trade secret covered by the agreement;
3. An original power of attorney, if such request for recordal is to be submitted through a representative;
4. A standard form of statement letter signed by the applicant stating that the IP rights subject of the agreement are still valid, do not harm national interest, do not obstruct innovation of technology, and do not contradict prevailing laws and regulations, norms and public order; and
5. Original payment receipt of the official fees.

Upon submission of the above documents, the DGIP shall conduct a formal examination of the documents. Examination of the application for recordal shall be completed within 10 days from receipt of the documents. If further documents are required, the DGIP shall notify the applicant, and an additional period of 10 days may be allowed to submit the required documents. Failure to submit the required documents may result in the withdrawal of the recordal application.

On the other hand, if all requirements are submitted and once approved, the license agreement will be recorded and published in the DGIP website. The recordal is valid for five years. Thereafter, a subsequent re-application for recordal may be filed, provided all the covered IP rights are still valid.

The issuance of this regulation is a welcome development considering that a license holder does not have a recognized right in Indonesia to enforce the licensed intellectual property rights against an infringer in the absence of such recordal. Moreover, the license holder’s use of the IP will not be recognized as “actual use” by the IP owner if the license agreement is not recorded with the DGIP.

It should be noted that the current trademark law allows a trademark owner to grant a license to another party. Upon recordal of the license, such use by the licensee will be considered as “actual use” to prevent a cancellation action filed by third party on the ground that the mark has not been used (non-use) during the three year vulnerability period.

A request for recordal of an IP license agreement filed prior to the issuance date of the Regulation No. 8 Year 2016 shall be processed in accordance with the above regulations.


This article was first published in Asia IP on July 31 2016. For more information, please visit http://www.asiaiplaw.com/.

Wednesday, 14 September 2016 07:05

SINGAPORE: USPA Scores a Win in Polo Case

The High Court of Singapore has clarified the factors to be taken into account in the determination of likelihood of confusion, while adopting a rather novel approach to the consumer perception factor in a decision involving a trademark application for eyewear. Polo/Lauren Co LP v. United States Polo Association [2016] SGHC 32, Mar. 8, 2016.

The Polo/Lauren Company LP (PLC) opposed Singapore Trademark Application No. T1215440A for USPA (the Application Mark) in Class 9 for a variety of eyewear, filed by the United States Polo Association (see image below left). PLC relied on two grounds: (1) that similarity between the Application Mark and PLC’s mark (Singapore Trademark Registration No. T9604857H – see image below right) created a likelihood of confusion; and (2) bad faith.

        USPA mark
    POLO mark


The IP Adjudicator of the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore rejected the opposition on both grounds.

PLC then filed an appeal to the Singapore High Court, albeit only in relation to the ground of similarity between the marks and the resultant likelihood of confusion. The High Court dismissed the appeal with costs to USPA for the following reasons:

Visual similarity: The High Court held that there are no dominant elements in the Application Mark, and agreed with the IP Adjudicator that there is only a low degree of visual similarity between the Application Mark and PLC’s mark.

Aural similarity: Although there is no dominant element in the Application Mark, the High Court did not see any reason why a reasonable consumer would choose to pronounce the Application Mark as “polo-players" rather than as “USPA,” which, although an acronym, is pronounceable. The High Court concluded that there is no aural similarity between the marks.

Conceptual similarity: The IP Adjudicator had held that the marks are conceptually identical. This issue was not appealed to the High Court.

The High Court agreed with the IP Adjudicator’s conclusion that while there may be conceptual identity between the marks, there is no aural similarity and that there is only a low degree of visual similarity. The High Court accordingly held that the marks are similar on the whole, but only to a low degree.

The High Court also observed that eyewear is not purchased on a regular basis. Eyewear is highly personal and is not something that would be purchased in a hurry, but rather, would require the consumer to pay a high level of attention. The High Court stated that the care exercised would not be restricted only to the lenses and the nose pad. Instead, the purchase of eyewear is likely to be influenced by a plethora of factors, including but not limited to, the level of comfort and its appearance. Therefore, any purchase would probably entail a detailed visual inspection of the eyewear. Taking into account all these factors, the High Court concluded that there was no likelihood of confusion on the part of the public.


This article was first published in INTA Bulletin on August 15, 2016. For further information, please visit http://www.inta.org/INTABulletin/Pages/INTABulletin.aspx.

Wednesday, 14 September 2016 06:59

SINGAPORE: Honest Concurrent Use of Marks

A previously unreported decision of the Principal Assistant Registrar (PAR) from October 2015 has provided guidance to brand owners on two points. First, it assists in providing the threshold of what amounts to “honest concurrent use” in Singapore. Secondly, it establishes that once the applicant manages to prove honest concurrent use, the Registrar shall not refuse the application because of the earlier trademark.

Sunrider Corporation dba Sunrider International applied to register the mark LIFESTREAM, (subject mark), in Class 5. The examiner at the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore objected to the application on the basis of Section 8(2)(b) of the Trade Marks Act on the grounds that the subject mark was confusingly similar to an earlier trademark also registered in Class 5, Lifestream Group & Device (cited mark).

The marks are reproduced below:

               Subject Mark             Cited Mark
    LIFESTREAM     LIFESTREAM cited mark

Sunrider requested a hearing and relied upon Section 9(1) of the Act which provides, inter alia, that a Section 8(2) objection may be overcome by proving “honest concurrent use” of the applicant’s mark. Case Ref: C0101T1004768C.

The Principal Assistant Registrar (PAR) accepted Sunrider’s arguments and held that once Sunrider has demonstrated honest concurrent use, the application should be accepted. A policy balance has to be struck between protecting the public from deception on the origin of the goods or services at issue and the rights of honest traders. The owners of the cited mark can always raise their objections at the opposition stage.

On the issue of honest use, the PAR stated that in determining this, knowledge of the existence of the earlier mark was useful. In this regard, the evidence showed that Sunrider had used its mark even before the proprietors of the cited mark had been incorporated. Therefore, the usage was clearly honest and in good faith.

On the duration of concurrent usage, the PAR observed that while Section 9(1) did not stipulate any minimum length of concurrent usage, she agreed with Professor Susanna Leong (author of Intellectual Property Law of Singapore, Academy Publishing, 2013) that a period of five years was reasonable. In this case, the subject mark had been used for five years prior to the application date of the cited mark and nine years prior to the application date of the subject mark.

The PAR found that the sales revenue derived from the use of the subject mark (which amounted to USD492,900 for the years 2001 to 2006) was sufficient and that there was no higher threshold required under the law.


This article was first published in INTA Bulletin on August 15, 2016. For further information, please visit http://www.inta.org/INTABulletin/Pages/INTABulletin.aspx.

Tuesday, 30 August 2016 03:42

India Amends Patent Rules to Expedite Grant

The Patent (Amendment) Rules, 2016 were implemented by the Indian Patent Office on 16 May 2016. The salient features of the said rules are as follows:

  • Reduction of time to file response to First Examination Report (FER)

The time allowed to respond to a FER for putting an application in order for grant has been reduced from 12 months to 6 months from the date of issuance of the FER. Such time may be further extended once by a period of 3 months by filing a request for extension using Form 4 along with the prescribed fee before the expiry of the first period.

  • Request for Expedited Examination (New Rule 24C)

An applicant may file a request for expedited examination using Form 18A along with payment of the prescribed fee on any of the following grounds:

  • India has been indicated as the International Search Authority (ISA) or the International Preliminary Examination Authority (IPEA), or
  • The applicant is a startup.

A Request for Expedited Examination has to be accompanied by a Request for publication if the application is yet to be published.

A Request for (normal) Examination may be converted to a Request for Expedited Examination by paying the relevant fees and satisfying the criteria for Expedited Examination. There is no specific due date where such a request has to be filed. 

If a Request for Expedited Examination does not meet the requirements of the rule, the applicant shall be notified and the request shall be processed as a regular examination request.

The applicant can expect to receive a First Examination Report (FER) within 105 days of acceptance of the Request for Expedited Examination.

The Controller may limit the number of requests for expedited examination to be received during the year by way of a notice to be published in the official journal.

  • Divisional application

Where the parent application has already been referred for examination, the divisional application shall have to be filed along with a request for examination. This is a change from the earlier provisions where the applicant has up to 6 months from the filing of the divisional application to file a request for examination. The divisional application shall be published within 1 month and be referred to the examiner within 1 month of the publication.

  • Deletion of Claims at National Phase Entry

The applicant may now delete claims at the time of National Phase Entry. This is a change from the earlier provisions where no deletion is allowed.  This rule allows the applicant to delete the claims that are not patentable in India and also reduces the official fees to be paid for additional claims 

  • Time Limit for Submission of Power Of Attorney (POA)

The applicant is now required to file the POA, at the latest, within 3 months from filing the application. Failing which, no action shall be taken with regard to the application until the deficiency is resolved.  Under the previous regime, there is no time limit for submitting a POA unless an objection for the same is raised in a FER.

  • Enhancement in Hearing Procedures

A hearing may now be conducted using video-conferencing or audio-visual communication devices. Prior to the amendments, the applicant or his agent was required to appear in person before the Controller. In all cases of a hearing, the written submissions and the relevant documents, if any, shall be filed within fifteen days from the date of hearing.

The applicant may also make a request for an adjournment of the hearing with reasonable cause along with the prescribed fee, at least 3 days before the date of hearing. The Controller, if he deems fit, may adjourn the hearing and notify the concerned parties, provided that no party shall be given more than 2 adjournments and each adjournment shall not be for more than 30 days.

  • Refund of Fee

The applicant may now claim a refund of up to 90% of the examination fee if they opt to withdraw the application actively using Form 29 before the issuance of the First Examination Report. There is no such provision to allow refund of examination fee previously.

  • Maximum Fee for Filing of Sequence Listing

Under the amended rules, the applicant is required to pay only for the first 150 pages of sequence listing submission. There is no such fee cap before the amendment.

The amended rules serve to streamline the Indian patent examination process and procedure. It also demonstrates the Indian Government’s commitment to continuously review and strengthen its IP regime to align to global practices. Further relaxation and amendment can certainly be expected to promote a holistic and conducive ecosystem for the IP community.

The Department of Intellectual Property (DIP) of the Ministry of Science and Technology of the People’s Republic of Laos began accepting multi-class applications as of February 1, 2016. On December 20, 2011, the DIP announced that Article 33 of the Intellectual Property Law of Laos would be revised to allow the filing of more than one class through a single trademark application. Prior to this announcement, only single class trademark applications were accepted in Laos. The revised measures, however, were not implemented until February 1, 2016.

It is expected that the new measures will prove advantageous to trademark owners for the following reasons:

  • Efficient examination of trademark applications—filing a multi-class application will mean all the classes will be examined simultaneously and the registrar’s decision will be handed down for all classes at the same time;
  • Cost effectiveness—trademark owners will save costs by not having to file separate applications for each class. However, the government fees will be payable on a per class basis; and
  • Easier renewal—all classes that a trademark proprietor wishes to renew can be renewed at once.

However, it is important to note that these measures mean that a refusal issued with respect to one class would also delay the acceptance of the other classes filed within the same application. Furthermore, there are no provisions currently in place to allow the division of a registered mark. This would make it difficult for a trademark proprietor to undertake a partial transfer of the trademark in question.

With the implementation of this new measure, Laos has now joined the ranks of other ASEAN countries such as Singapore, the Philippines, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Brunei, where multi-class applications are accepted. This measure is expected to bring Laos closer to the international standards followed by most IP regimes and will allow trademark owners to better devise their filing strategy in accordance with their requirements


This article was first published in INTA Bulletin on August 1, 2016. For further information, please visit http://www.inta.org/INTABulletin/Pages/INTABulletin.aspx.

Thursday, 18 August 2016 09:40


On March 29, 2016, the High Court of Singapore overturned the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore’s (IPOS’s) decision to refuse registration of Caesarstone Sdot-Yam Ltd’s mark CAESARSTONE for goods in Class 19.


Appellant’s Mark Respondent’s Mark
 caesarstone  caesar


The respondent, Ceramiche Caesar SpA, had a prior registration in Class 19 for goods including “Non-metallic building materials, especially tiles for covering, floor coverings, tiles for gutters, cove moldings, corner beads not of metal, protruding wedges, stilted modular floors, special parts for finishing, stair treads.” Caesarstone Sdot-Yam Ltd’s’s application covered “Non-metallic tiles, panels for floors, floor coverings, wall cladding, flooring, and ceilings; non-metallic covers for use with floors and parts thereof; non-metallic profiles and floor skirting boards; slabs and tiles formed of composite stone for building panels, counter tops, vanity tops, floors, stairs, and walls.”

The Principal Assistant Registrar (PAR) had allowed the opposition against the appellant’s mark on the grounds that the mark was visually, aurally, and conceptually similar to the respondent’s mark in Class 19 and was likely to cause confusion as to trade source. The registrar further held that the respondent’s mark was well-known in Singapore and that the appellant’s mark was similar to a well-known mark.

In her decision, the PAR had found that the dominant element in both the appellant and respondent’s mark was the word “CAESAR.” On appeal, the appellant argued that there was no particular dominant element in the appellant’s mark. The appellant successfully argued that the significance of the device element in the mark should not be set aside and the impact of the device on the consumers’ perception of the mark in question should be taken into consideration. The judge further reiterated the established principle of law that the word element of the appellant’s mark CAESARSTONE should be examined as a single word, rather than dissecting its components “CAESAR” and “STONE.” The Court took into account that the word CESARSTONE in itself was an invented word.

In the appeal, the Court analyzed Section 8(2)(b) of the Trade Marks Act while discussing whether a relevant date or time should be taken into consideration when assessing likelihood of confusion. The Court observed that, although the provision did not stipulate the relevant time at which the likelihood of confusion is to be assessed, the provision also does not restrict the assessment to the date of the application.

This decision highlights the significance of post-application evidence filed in support of the application. Several cases on the point were discussed in the decision. In the present case, the Court found that the registrar had not given due consideration to the sales figures and other evidence filed by the applicant that were dated after the application was filed. The approach adopted by the Court is noteworthy because this will allow due consideration to be given to post-application usage of the mark while assessing the likelihood of confusion under Section 8(2)(b) of the Trade Marks Act.

This decision is on appeal before the Court of Appeal.


This article was first published in INTA Bulletin on August 1, 2016. For further information, please visit http://www.inta.org/INTABulletin/Pages/INTABulletin.aspx.

Wednesday, 10 August 2016 02:58

Thailand Amends Trademark Act

Amendments to the Thailand Trademark Act will take effect on 28 July 2016. The amended Act introduces amendments to the trademark registration process, extends its protective scope and revises the applicable deadlines and fees.

A summary of the amendments to the Trademark Act is described in the table below:

Changes Before After Amendment on 28 July 2016


Oppositions and responses to Office Actions



90 days


60 days


Registration Fee Payment



30 days


60 days


Partial assignment


Not allowed



Association of marks

Marks with same character so similar to one another must be registered as associate marks

               Abolished / No longer required

License Agreements

Termination depends on the terms of the agreement

A license agreement will not be terminated from the transfer or inheritance of the right unless agreed otherwise.


Registrability of Sound marks


Not allowed


Sound marks will be registrable if they are not directly descriptive of the applied goods/services.


Presumption of Inherent Distinctiveness



Marks that contain invented words, numbers, characters and devices which are not directly descriptive of the character or quality of goods/services will be presumed to have inherent distinctiveness.


Acquired Distinctiveness



Marks that lack inherent distinctiveness will be registrable if they have acquired distinctiveness from its use in Thailand to the extent that it is well known to the public.


Multiple-class applications


Not allowed


Multiple-class applications will be allowed.


Renewal Grace Period


Not allowed

A trade mark registration may still be renewed post expiry date provided the renewal application is filed within a period of 6 months from the expiry date and an additional 20 percent of the official fees is paid.


Unauthorized Refilling



Reusing or refilling of packages or containers bearing a trademark belonging to a third party is prohibited.

Official Fees

New Application:

        THB 500 per item

Registration fees:

         THB 300 per item

Renewal fees:

       THB 1,000 per item           

New Application:

         Up to five items = THB 1,000/item/class

         More than five items = THB 9,000/class

Registration fees:

         Up to five items = THB 600/item/class

         More than five items = THB 5,400/class

       Renewal fees:       Up to five items = THB 2,000/item/class

        More than five items = THB 18,000/class

After taking into consideration feedback from patent practitioners and policies of foreign patent offices that are relevant to Singapore, the Intellectual Property Office of the Singapore (IPOS) has released a revised version of the Examination Guidelines for Patent Applications, which contains amendments to the section concerning patentable subject matter.

The guidelines state that the assessment of whether the invention is patentable involves a consideration inter alia of whether the subject matter is novel, inventive and capable of industrial application. A separate analysis of the claimed subject matter should be conducted if there is a remaining issue that the claimed subject matter is not an “invention.”

To determine whether or not the claims define an “invention,” the Examiner should identify the actual contribution made by the claimed subject matter. An example is cited in the guidelines regarding business method claims. These claims would be considered an invention if the technical features (e.g. servers, user devices, etc.) interact with the business method to a material extent to address a specific problem. However, if the technical features recited in the claims are no more than the workings of a standard operating system, e.g. use of a computer system to perform a purely business method, then the claimed subject matter would not be considered an “invention” as such interaction is not considered to be a material extent and does not solve a specific problem.

The guidelines also declare that the following subject matters (among other things) are not considered to be “inventions”:

(a) a discovery, scientific theory or mathematical method;

(b) a literary, dramatic, musical or artistic work or any other aesthetic creation whatsoever;

(c) a scheme, rule or method for performing a mental act, playing a game or doing business, or a program for a computer;

(d) the presentation of information.

The revised guidelines are applicable to all national applications for a patent (and any divisional arising from it) with a filing date on or after 16 May 2016, and international applications entering national phase (and any divisional arising from it) on or after 16 May 2016.

Japan and Vietnam implemented a Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) pilot program that took effect on 01 April 2016. 

In 2014, approximately 50% of the total filed applications at the NOIP remained pending and unexamined. To facilitate the reduction of backlog at NOIP and expedite the patent examination process, NOIP signed its first Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) agreement with JPO in October 2015.

The PPH pilot program commenced with a capped number of requests on 1 April 2016 and will end on 31 March 2019. An application which has received allowance or grant by the Office of First Filing (OFF) can file a request under the PPH to fast track the examination of its corresponding claims in its corresponding Vietnamese application in the Office of Second Filing (OSF) on the basis of bilateral office agreements.

There may be an extension of the PPH pilot program after a joint NOIP-JPO review and assessment of the program implementation.

This PPH pilot program may be requested using the national work products from the JPO or from the NOIP. It is also possible that NOIP will sign similar agreements with other patent offices in the future if the outcome of this PPH trial proves favourable.

Given the increasing numbers of worldwide patent filings, there is a need to provide an alternative route to expedite the examination of these applications.The PPH program not only speeds up the prosecution of patent cases, but is also very cost-effective. While there are shortcomings with the PPH option, the benefits will outweigh these shortcomings as the PPH network grows. There is no doubt that most ASEAN member countries will continue with their respective PPH programs over the coming years.




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College Of DuPage’s College Theater Presents Non-Traditional, Gender-Blind Staging Of Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar” At The McAninch Arts Center March 3-20 College of DuPage (COD) College Theater presents William Shakespeare's psychological drama "Julius Caesar," directed by Carl Lindberg at the McAninch Arts Center's intimate Studio Theatre, March 3-20. A preview will be held Thursday, March 3 at 8 p.m. Opening is Friday, March 4 at 8 p.m. Please note: This show contains adult language and themes. To emphasize the timelessness of Shakespeare's classic drama, director Lindberg has chosen to set the play in the 1920s and use gender-blind casting, with the roles of both Julius Caesar and Brutus played by women. "Julius Caesar," is one of several plays written by Shakespeare based on true events from Roman history. "Beware the ides of March" and "Et tu, Brute?" are famous lines from this epic tale that begins when Caesar returns to Rome as dictator but his closest friends and peers are determined to change who is in charge. Says Lindberg, "The production illustrates how a villain may be viewed as a hero, and a hero, a villain. The central characters all appear to want what is best for their city of Rome, just as our civic leaders do for our modern day communities. But Shakespeare makes us contemplate the frailty of man. . . and not so much the end, but the means to that end and how much are we willing to pay to achieve it." The cast for "Julius Caesar," hails from 14 Chicago suburbs including Addison, Aurora, Bensenville, Bloomingdale, Carol Stream, Chicago, Downers Grove, Elmhurst, Glen Ellyn, Lemont, Lombard, Naperville, Westmont and Winfield. It features Leo Aiello (Strato), Miky Belmonte (Cinna), Michael Bunn (Calphurnia), Jacob Coats (Cassius), Cally Cortado (Decius), Anita Constabile (Casca), Nathan Cozzi (Octavius), Samantha D'Alberti (Blacksmith), Victoria Depa (Pindarus), Mollie Early (Shopkeeper), Kennedy Hayes (Publius), Kayla Lewis (Antony's Servant), James Martuzzo (Lucius), Koshie Mills (Portia), Olivia Morgan (Ligarius), Jordan Morris (Cobbler), Phoebe Newton (Soothsayer), Richard Petry (Metellus Cimber), Alex Price (Julius Caesar), Nakia Satterwhite (Cicero), Jennifer Schwartz (Carpenter), Marisa Warner (Marcus Brutus) and Patrick Wood (Antony). pre bonded hairThe design team includes Chicago's Carl Lindberg (director), Aurora's Michael Moon (scenic/properties/sound design), Chicago's Kimberly Morris (costume/ makeup/hair design), Glen Ellyn's Jon Gantt (lighting design) and John Tovar (fight and movement choreography). Naperville's Renata Hatcher is stage manager. Assistant stage managers are Victoria Depa, Mollie Early and Auguste Pilelyte. Carl Lindberg (director) has worked as an actor and directed throughout the country at prominent theaters including Chicago's Lookingglass Theatre, Remy Bumppo Theatre Co., and Oak Park Festival Theatre. "Julius Caesar" is his second College of DuPage College Theater production after previously directing "Earth & Sky." Buffalo Theatre Ensemble credits include "Moon Over Buffalo" (Paul) and "Tuesdays With Morrie" (Mitch Albom). Carl is an adjunct professor within the COD's Theater Department. Offering an Associate in Arts degree, the COD College Theater Department offers a variety of courses including Acting I and II, Acting for the Camera, Audition, Dance Theatre I and II, Directing, Improvisation, Stage Combat - Armed and Unarmed, Stagecraft, Stage Management, Stage Movement, Stage Make-up, Technical Production, Theater Appreciation and Voice Over Acting. Support is made possible by a generous gift from the College of DuPage Foundation's Dr. Donald and Helen (Gum) Westlake Fund for Student Productions. College of DuPage (COD) College Theater presents William Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar, in the intimate Studio Theatre of Glen Ellyn's McAninch Arts Center, 425 Fawell Blvd. March 3-20. Running time is approximately two hours with one intermission. A preview will be held Thursday, March 3 at 8 p.m.; opening is Friday, March 4 at 8 p.m. Performances are Thursday-Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. Pre-show discussion with designers and director: Thursday, March 3 at 6:45 p.m. Post-show discussion with director and actors: Friday, March 11. Tickets are $14 adult, $12 senior and student. For tickets or more information call 630.942.4000 or visit AtTheMAC.org. Two daytime School Stage performances will take place 10 a.m. on Tuesday, March 8 and Wednesday, March 9. Tickets for these performances are $8. These performances are appropriate for grades 9th-12th. For more information call 630.942.2220. This item was posted by a community contributor. To read more about community contributors, click here.

Former College of DuPage student Alexis Reisch has received a Fulbright U.S. Student Program grant to study neuroscience in Sweden. Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement as well as record of service and demonstrated leadership in their respective fields. Reisch, originally from Lagrange Highlands, graduated this spring from the Honors College at the University of Illinois at Chicago with a bachelor's degree in Neuroscience and will leave in September for Linköping University in Sweden. "My project, 'Exposure to Early Life Trauma as a Risk Factor for Impaired Emotion Regulation,' will examine how childhood... § College of DuPage has announced 129 incoming students as Scholars Award recipients for fall 2016. The awards fall into two categories: Presidential, a 64-semester hour full tuition scholarship, and Board of Trustees, which is $2,500 per year. Earl Dowling, Vice President of Student Affairs, said this year's scholars reflect high levels of academic achievement, with average GPAs of 4.17 on a 4.0 scale and average ACT scores of 29. This year's Presidential Scholars are as follows (listed by hometown and then with high school attended): Addison: Catherine Burlage, Addison Trail; Atika Hermani, Addison Trail Aurora: Vanessa Hadweh Smith, Waubonsie Valley; Eric... remy hair extensions The Interior Design program at College of DuPage has received seven-year reaccreditation from the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) for the Kitchen and Bath Design certificate. When the NKBA initially granted endorsement status to the program, College of DuPage was one of only two colleges in Illinois to offer a Kitchen and Bath Design certificate accredited by NKBA. The seven-year maximum reaccreditation reflects upon the high quality of COD's program, said Jane Kielb, Coordinator and Assistant Professor of COD's Interior Design program. "Most professionals working within the kitchen and bath industry are affiliated with NKBA," she said. "The...

The College of DuPage Dance Department will present its second annual Choreographers Showcase at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 6, in the Playhouse Theatre at the McAninch Arts Center at the Glen Ellyn campus, 425 Fawell Blvd. Eight choreographers were chosen from a highly competitive group of submissions. Artists include Hayley Ader, Francesca Baron, Paige Deets, Taylor Mitchell, Joe Musiel, Sarah Olson, Selena Robinson and Amy Szabo. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three scorers,   based on creativity and originality. In addition, one participating choreographer may also be chosen to serve as a featured guest at a COD Dance Showcase in the 2016-2017 academic year. One... § College of DuPage, in partnership with the McAninch Arts Center, will host a free concert by "Chicago" tribute band Brass Transit at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26, at the Lakeside Pavilion on the Glen Ellyn campus, 425 Fawell Blvd. The concert, which includes fireworks and giveaways, kicks off a yearlong celebration of the College's 50th anniversary. Over the next year, the College will host free on- and off-campus events to highlight the institution's robust history and continued service to students and District 502 residents over the past half-century. Featured events include the COD Food Truck Rally and Sunset 5K on Sept. 17 and a Homecoming Reunion and Homecoming Game... perruques cheveux naturels College of DuPage will host a free seminar for senior citizens about the dangers of scams from 1 to 3 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 25, in the Homeland Security Education Center, Room 1022, on the College's Glen Ellyn campus, 425 Fawell Blvd. These workshops are free and open to the public. Presented by representatives from the Illinois Attorney General's Office and the Federal Trade Commission, this workshop will cover steps senior citizens can take to protect themselves and fight back against scams, as well as information on what victims of identity theft can do to mitigate damages. Funded through a grant provided by Motorola Solutions, this series is designed to inform... § New College of DuPage President Dr. Ann Rondeau shares her vision for COD during a video interview posted at www.cod.edu/president. "I am humbled and honored to serve this great institution," said Dr. Rondeau, who began her tenure as the College's sixth president on July 1, 2016. "I am ready and eager to get to work to support the students, faculty, staff, alumni and the broader College of DuPage community. We are a student-centric college that believes in helping our students reach their greatest personal and professional potential." Dr. Rondeau is a past president of the National Defense...

Registration is now open for the 2016 College of DuPage Food Truck Rally & Sunset 5K on Saturday, Sept. 17. Advance registration is $19.67 for individuals (to commemorate COD's opening in 1967 and its 50th anniversary), $5 for currently enrolled COD students (limitations apply) and $5 for the 100-Yard Youth Dash. Registration fees for children ages 5 to 12 and participants over 60 is $10. Participants who recruit three additional people to register for the 2016 event at the discounted price of $10 will receive a free race admission for next year's 2017 Food Truck Rally & Sunset 5K event. Click here for more information and to register. Sponsored by DuPage Medical... § New College of DuPage President Dr. Ann Rondeau, Board Chairman Deanne Mazzochi, Board Secretary Frank Napolitano and Trustees Charles Bernstein and Joe Wozniak walked the route of the Glen Ellyn July 4 parade with COD athletes, faculty, staff, student ambassadors and additional members of student clubs and organizations to celebrate Independence Day and begin a yearlong celebration of the College's 50th anniversary. The McAninch Arts Center, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary, will kick-off the College's 50th with a free concert by Brass Transit, a Chicago cover band, fireworks and giveaways at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 26. Click here for a complete list of all 50th anniversary... § McAninch Arts Center, located at 425 Fawell Blvd. on the campus of College of DuPage (COD) in Glen Ellyn, opens the 2016 Lakeside Pavilion Free Outdoor Summer Series July 14 at 8 p.m. with "Mary Poppins," (1964) starring Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke. Following "Mary Poppins" its Disney's "Aladdin" (1992) featuring the Academy Award-winning song "I Could Show You the World" and the voices of Robin Williams as the Genie and Gilbert Gottfried as the parrot, Iago ( July 21). The film series wraps up Thursday, July 28 with the most recent film in the popular Star Wars series, "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" (2015). All movies begin at dusk... perruques cheveux College of DuPage will host a free information session on the College's Paralegal Studies program from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 27, in the Berg Instructional Center, Room 2726, on the College's Glen Ellyn campus, 425 Fawell Blvd. Working under the supervision of an attorney, paralegals help provide high-quality, cost-effective legal services to the public or private sector. Paralegals are engaged in an increasingly wide range of tasks, including assisting lawyers in civil and criminal trials and hearings, real estate closings, investigations and corporate matters. For more information about this session, contact Paralegal Studies Program Coordinator Sally Fairbank... § Class is in session at Rydell High this summer. The College of DuPage College Theater production of "Grease" runs July 7-17 in the college's Playhouse Theater. Performances are at 7 p.m. Thursday to Sunday. The musical is directed by COD Director of Theater Connie Canaday Howard. She's directed it once before, as her thesis in graduate school. It hasn't been done at The Mac since 1984 or '85, to her knowledge. She's happy to bring the senior class of 1959 back. "We were looking for a piece that had lots of energy that we could produce in the Playhouse, that had name recognition and would really excite the students," she said. "All of that is...

Welcome! Come on in! As you open this web page I am delighted to welcome you and invite you inside the extraordinary place known as College of DuPage. Whether you are taking a class online and working full time, fulfilling credits to transfer, working toward a degree, supplementing other studies, enhancing your skills in a current career, or are entering higher education for the first time - we are here for you. We stand alongside you today and will be here alongside for you tomorrow. We serve you. With a deep sense of purpose and enormous satisfaction, we serve and help to reveal potential, create confidence, build pride, teach and impart knowledge, and establish new... § Ann Rondeau has a firm handshake, an even gaze and the experience of having once restored order and morale to an institution where the leader was dismissed amid a financial scandal. Rondeau, a retired three-star Navy vice admiral, began her new job Friday as president of the College of DuPage with the goal of renewing confidence and transparency tattered by fiscal tumult that led to the firing of the school's former president. Robert Breuder was fired as president by the school's board of trustees in October after a Chicago Tribune investigation uncovered wide-ranging spending abuses, including hundreds of thousands of taxpayer and donor dollars spent by him and other senior... lace front wigs College of DuPage Architecture student Matthew Ziemer recently earned the top prize at the second annual Coalition of Community College Architectures Programs student design competition. Fellow COD student Douglas Lemley received Honorable Mention in the competition. Winners were announced at the CCCAP's annual conference held last month in Philadelphia. Ziemer's design (pictured) incorporates a series of levels to coexist with a series of plateaus found at Blackwell Forest Preserve in Wheaton. In keeping with the natural theme, Zeimer's material choices, sun shades and solar panels reduce the chapel's carbon footprint. More than 100 students from 13 community colleges... § College of DuPage student Ugne Narbutaite has been selected as the student representative for the Illinois Community College Board (ICCB) Student Advisory Committee. Narbutaite (Aurora) will begin her year-long term of service on July 1 and fills the seat previously held by COD student Stephanie Torres. Stephanie Quirk, coordinator of Student Activities at College of DuPage, said this is only the second time that back-to-back terms have been served by students from the same institution. "To say we are thrilled is an understatement," Quirk said. "Ugne will be a wonderful student representative to ICCB." Narbutaite didn't even know the position...

Marcus Theatres is awarding $12,000 in academic scholarships to its associates who have displayed above-and-beyond dedication to maintaining a strong and challenging academic career. Of all associates who applied across the company's 53-theatre circuit, one of the winners is an Addison student. Hector Sanchez of Marcus Addison Cinema has been named one of the eight winners. Hector plans to fulfill his general education requirements at College of DuPage this fall. He will then transfer to a full-year college to study computer engineering. When Hector is not studying or helping customers at Addison Cinema, he enjoys reading and practicing Rubik's cube, which he can solve in less... § Participants (above) learn about the history of tallgrass prairies in Illinois, the restoration of the College of DuPage prairies, the role of fire in tallgrass prairie and characteristics of a more than 100 species of native Illinois plants found throughout the 18-acre Russell R. Kirt prairie preserve on COD's campus in Glen Ellyn. Click here to see more photos of the free tour. A glimpse of the time when tallgrass prairie still existed plentifully in the area, the College's prairie areas serve as an outdoor classroom in the biological sciences, enabling students an opportunity to gain real-world experience in field-based research. Additional free tours of the Russell R. Kirt... § The College of DuPage board of trustees adopted a balanced budget for fiscal year 2017 that takes into account a funding shortfall from the state and resurrects financial support for a reinstated theater company. With operating funds revenue at $173.3 million and expenditures of $172.9 million, the college will have a balanced budget, despite not receiving all the state funding that was expected in the current fiscal year. Fiscal year 2017 begins July 1, which is also the start date for the incoming college president, Ann Rondeau. "I hope that everyone will understand that the board is engaged not only through this budget, but in other ways, in trying to be... cosplay wigs For the third consecutive year, five College of DuPage students are participating in prestigious summer chemistry research internships through the College Foundation's Resource for Excellence Grant program. Valentina Guarino of Wood Dale and Colin Kelliher of LaGrange are at Northwestern University, and Gareth Chavez of Darien, Michael Giurini of Naperville and Kai Libby of Wheaton are at Hope College in Michigan. The Resource for Excellence Grant program provides funding to test new ideas, pilot new programs or methods, or conduct research. Chemistry Professor Richard Jarman and Assistant Chemistry and Biochemistry Professor Gary Roby secure funding through the grant... § Sally Ketcher is proof a person is never too old to fulfill their dreams. When many of her contemporaries were counting down the days to retirement, the Naperville woman was graduating from college at age 65 and starting a career in nursing. Nearly a quarter of a decade later, the nearly nonagenarian is still working part time as a nurse at a senior living facility in Lombard. Many of her patients are younger than Ketcher, who will turn 90 in September and just renewed her nursing license for another two years. "That's the funny part," said Ketcher, her face lighting up with an ear-to-ear grin. "There are a couple people in their 100s and a few... § During the lunch rush at Waterleaf, the College of DuPage's restaurant, Roxanne Strutynsky plated piece after piece of panna cotta as her classmates added garnishes of peaches in wine. It was the first day of the first summer in which the eatery is being run entirely by students. Last August, the professionals running it were ousted by the College of DuPage board of trustees after a Chicago Tribune investigation found spending abuses by former college President Robert Breuder. The board left operations to the college's hospitality and culinary students under the supervision of faculty members. "I love this," said Strutynsky, 26, of Glen Ellyn. "It's what it...

Registration is under way for College of DuPage fall New Student Orientation sessions. Three free sessions will be offered from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, Aug. 9 to 11, in the McAninch Arts Center at the Glen Ellyn campus, 425 Fawell Blvd. Registration is required. Students who register by Friday, June 24, will receive a free gift. The free sessions include information on Student Life, Financial Aid, Student Services and other important first-year topics. Participants also have the opportunity to meet current COD students, faculty and staff, and enjoy a free lunch. NSO attendees receive valuable information on where to find assistance, how to use... § Glenn Perricone begrudgingly embarked on a service learning project at College of DuPage and discovered a career. As he started his second year at College of DuPage, Perricone enrolled in "Environmental Ethics," which required him to complete 15 hours of service learning. He was not looking forward to the experience. "I was a very high-strung and stressed Political Science student and found such a commitment annoying," he said. "Nevertheless, a week or two later, I found myself walking through the volunteer fair looking at a plethora of amazing volunteer opportunities that the College had set up. I walked past a table without even gazing at it when a... § College of DuPage College Theater presents brings Rydell High to life in a production of Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey's "Grease" Thursday, July 7, to Sunday, July 17. Performances are 7 p.m. in the McAninch Art Center's Playhouse Theatre on the Glen Ellyn campus, 425 Fawell Blvd. Click here for a cast list. In 1959, Rydell's senior class, including Danny, Sandy, Rizzo and Kenickie, navigate the last days of high school, learning about themselves and their relationships. The popular musical debuted in Chicago in 1971 before moving to New York, where it garnered seven Tony Award nominations. It was adapted for the screen in 1978 and starred Olivia Newton John, John...