UDRP domain name complaints based on Bad faith- Good outcomes!

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) recently issued an interesting decision in a Uniform Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) proceeding, in Philip Morris Products S.A. v. Konstantin Danilidi Case No. D2024-0008. Philip Morris Products S.A. (the “Complainant”) contended that the disputed domain name <heetflavrs.com> was registered and is being used in bad faith by Konstantin Danilidi […]

India- Permissibility of claim amendments in the context of methods of agriculture or horticulture

The Delhi High Court recently set aside an order issued by the Assistant Controller of Patents (the “Respondent”) against Mitsui Chemicals Inc (the “Appellant”) refusing their Patent Application. Background: The Respondent refused the Patent Application No. 3877/DELNP/2009 citing non-patentability under Section 3(h) of the Patents Act, 1970 (as amended) (the “Act”) (which stipulates that inventions […]

The Patents (Amendment) Rules, 2024: key highlights

In a significant move to streamline the Indian patent practice and procedures, the Indian Ministry of Commerce and Industry, which administers Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion, notified, and published the Patents (Amendment) Rules, 2024 (“Patent Amendment Rules”) in the Official Gazette of India on 15 March 2024. These amended rules are effective from 15 […]

Update to Cambodia’s patent renewals system

Cambodia’s Department of Industrial Property (DIP) of the Ministry of Industry, Science, Technology and Innovation (MISTI, formerly known as Ministry of Industry and Handicraft – MIH) recently announced changes to the country’s patent renewals system, set to take effect on Wednesday, August 14, 2024. The changes to the patent renewals system entail patent proprietors to […]

R We Similar?

A recent Intellectual Property Office of Singapore decision in the matter of Google LLC v. Green Radar (Singapore) Pte Ltd delved into the complexities of trademark law in Singapore while highlighting the crucial balance between protecting one’s brand and promoting market competition. Background Green Radar (Singapore) Pte Ltd. (the applicant) is a Singapore-incorporated company and […]

Indonesia Copyright Law

Copyright operates under the principle of “first to use,” meaning that the first person to disclose or publish a work is considered the copyright owner. This differs from other intellectual property rights, which typically follow the principle of “first to file”.  Rights conferred under the Copyright Law in Indonesia include copyright and related right. Copyright […]

Update to Cambodia’s Patent Renewals System and a Compendium of Developments to date

Cambodia’s Department of Industrial Property (DIP) of the Ministry of Industry, Science, Technology and Innovation (MISTI, formerly known as Ministry of Industry and Handicraft – MIH) recently announced changes to the country’s patent renewals system, set to take effect on Wednesday, 14 August 2024. The changes to the patent renewals system entail patent proprietors to […]

India- What constitutes ‘therapeutic efficacy’ when determining patentability of ‘new forms of known substances’

The Delhi High Court recently rendered a significant decision clarifying the concept of enhanced therapeutic efficacy, when determining the patentability of new forms of known substances. The case involved an appeal by the patent applicant challenging the rejection of their patent application under Section 3(d) of the Patents Act, 1970 (as amended) (the ‘Act’). Section […]

Successful Mediation challenges the archaic notion of “an eye for an eye”

A first successful mediation under the WIPO-Singapore ASEAN Mediation Programme (“AMP”) saw parties amicably settling their dispute in October 2023. Both disputants’ primary business was in eyecare and eye examination. The matter concerned the use of Chew’s Optics (“Party A”)’s registered trade mark(s) under Class 35: Party A had already been utilising the said trade […]