Publications

SINGAPORE: New Disclosure Framework Aims to Help Companies Improve Transparency Around Intangible Assets

The Intellectual Property Office of Singapore and the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority have jointly launched the Intangibles Disclosure Framework (Framework), which provides guidelines to companies for identifying and disclosing various non-physical assets or intangibles, including intellectual property (IP) rights, to various stakeholders. Strategy—helps companies share and communicate how intangibles are relevant to, and used […]

CAMBODIA: New Amendments to Trademark Laws Address Single-Use Applications and Affidavits for Use/Non-Use

The Department of Intellectual Property Rights in Cambodia has updated the country’s trademark law, especially concerning filing and maintenance. It issued two notices—one on August 1, 2023, the other 10 days later on August 11—that dealt with single multi-class applications and affidavits of use/non-use, respectively. The First Notice (No. 2501/R/DIP) The First Notice mandates that […]

India amends the Biological Diversity Act, 2002: An Overview

The Biological Diversity Act, 2002 (the “Act”) primarily regulated the sustainable use of biological resources of India, and the equitable sharing of benefits arising out of the use of biological resources. The Act also aimed at conserving and using biological diversity sustainably, and obligated foreign nationals and organizations to obtain prior approval of National Biodiversity […]

Singapore Trademark Applications – Uncommon Grounds of Objections

Brand owners usually take steps to avoid potential conflicts from other similar trademarks and also try to devise marks which are not descriptive in nature. While this is an important pre-filing consideration, there are certain other potential uncommon objections that brand owners should take into consideration before filing their trademark in Singapore. Some of these […]

IP Marketplace as an Innovation for Community Needs

In August 2022, The Directorate General of Intellectual Property (DGIP ) under the Ministry of Law and Human Rights launched the Intellectual Property Marketplace (IP Marketplace). The IP Marketplace is a platform that is created to respond to the needs of the community in making it easier for IP owners to promote, sell or license […]

Tiger Pictures Entertainment Ltd v. Encore Films Pte Ltd: An expedited process in the interest of justice?

A recent High Court judgment was the first of its kind that concerned the “simplified process” for intellectual property claims in Singapore. The simplified process took effect in Singapore from April 1, 2022. It is a discretionary, streamlined process to expedite the management of intellectual property disputes to enable disputants (particularly SMEs) to save costs […]

ASEAN: Emerging trends in Southeast Asia’s autonomous vehicle patent landscape

According to data by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the World Bank, there has been an unprecedented interest in Southeast Asia as a patent filing destination, with the percentage of applicants filing in the ASEAN member states increasing each year. However, the autonomous vehicle (AV) technology patent landscape in this region remains nascent, […]