Publications

SINGAPORE: Model Numbers Remain Just That

The following decision concerns the use of model numbers as trademarks and the strength of such trademarks. Nippon Paint (Singapore) Co. Pte. Ltd (the applicant) applied to register NW1 under trademark No. 40201909725V in International Class 1. Warrior Pte Ltd (the opponent) opposed the application on September 12, 2019, relying on its earlier registered marks, […]

India- The IPAB signs off, as the President signs on The Tribunals Reforms Bill, 2021

On 4th April 2021, the Honourable President of India announced The Tribunals Reforms (Rationalisation and Conditions of Service) Ordinance, 2021 (the ‘Ordinance’). Pursuant to the Ordinance, the Intellectual Property Appellate Board (‘IPAB’) would be abolished. Before the Ordinance comes into effect, the Ordinance had to be laid before both the Houses of Parliament for consideration, […]

Key Changes in Singapore’s new Copyright Bill

The Second Reading of Singapore’s new Copyright Bill (“Draft Bill”) has been tabled for September 2021. The Draft Bill is set to replace the current Copyright Act (Cap. 60, Rev. Ed. 2006), which has been in force for fifteen years. In particular, it appears that the Draft Bill allows for stronger copyright protection for creators/performers […]

Trademark Infringement E-Complaint Feature by Registry

Most cases of Indonesian trademark infringement matters are filed through a direct formal complaint to the National Police Unit. Not many cases are filed through Directorate General of Intellectual Property (“DGIP”) even though such a mechanism is allowed under the Trademark Law No. 20 of 2016. Specifically, Article 99 in Chapter XVII of Trademark Law No. […]

Favipiravir: Patent rejection in Thailand

Favipiravir (or T-705; 6-fluoro-3-hydroxy-2-pyrazinecarboxamide) is a broad-spectrum antiviral drug used in the treatment of multiple diseases, and is the first drug approved by countries around the world as an emergency option for Covid-19 cases. Thailand’s Department of Intellectual Property (DIP) has since rejected a Thai patent application filed under the compulsory license system for a […]

Vietnam – Circular No. 6959/TB-SHTT to temporarily ease the stringent signatory requirement by Circular No. 13822/TB-SHTT

The Intellectual Property Office of Vietnam (NOIP) has released a new circular, Circular No. 6959/TB-SHTT (“Circular 6959”) in order to temporarily ease the strict requirements in relation to the signatory requirements of the formal documents in relation to patent applications such as powers of attorney, deeds of assignment, etc. submitted to the NOIP previously imposed […]

TAFEP Was Fined $29,000 Over Data Breach

The Tripartite Alliance Limited (TAL), an organisation that oversees the Tripartite Alliance for Fair and Progressive Employment Practices (TAFEP), was fined $29,000 for data breach due to an incident of data hacked and accessed in 2020. TAFEP handles clients’ employment system database as well as provides mediation and counsel in employment-related disputes. Over 12,000 individuals […]

A sea change in Singapore’s data privacy law

Singapore’s Personal Data Protection (Amendment) Bill 2020 was passed on November 2, 2020, following extensive public consultations between 2017 and 2020, and came into effect on February 1, 2021. The amendments to the PDPA bring about much-needed updates to align Singapore’s data privacy regime with international standards and best practices. The key amendments in the […]