Publications

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 […]

New Regulation of Ministry of Law and Human Rights Amending the Previous Implementation Regulation for Trademark Law No. 20 of 2016

On 3 February 2021, the Ministry of Law and Human Rights of Republic Indonesia issued an amended implementation regulation to support the provisions of the current Trademark Law No. 20 of 2016. This implementation regulation is No. 12 of 2021 (the “Regulation”) was issued to accelerate the timeline for prosecuting a trademark application. In Article […]

What to Expect When the Personal Data Protection Act B.E. 2562 Is Fully Enforced in June 2022

Incidents of unauthorized disclosure of personal information to third parties has raised concern over personal data security across the globe. In 2015, the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) was published, being the first personal data protection law passed to protect all European Union citizens. To comply with international standards, Thailand has adopted the provisions of […]

Diesel S.P.A. v. Bontton Sdn Bhd: The own name doctrine and the court’s power to make declarations of non-infringement

In Diesel S.P.A. v. Bontton Sdn Bhd [2020] MLJU 715, the Malaysian Court of Appeal was faced with, inter alia, the novel issues of, firstly, whether the court has discretionary powers under Malaysian law and/or an inherent jurisdiction to grant a negative declaration in respect of infringement, and, secondly, whether it should grant recognition of […]

Thailand’s Department of Intellectual Property (DIP) issue a new “Fast Track System” for Trademark Registration and Trademark Renewal

As per the recent Department of Intellectual Property (DIP)’s Declaration, the DIP has announced a Fast Track system for (1) Trademark Registration and (2) Trademark Renewal (effective from 23th February 2021), which can be summarised as follows: Trademark Registration Fast Track System– The usual timeframe for Trademark Registration as per the DIP Manual (as issued […]

Singapore: “Champengwine” application denied due to the grounds of bad faith

“CHAMPAGNE,” in connection to wines, is a geographical indication that it is produced through certain local requirements and is grown from specific regions in France. Keep Waddling International Pte. Ltd (the applicant) and its related companies have been using the trademark “PENGWINE” as their house-mark for their wines originating from Chile since April 2004. These […]