Publications

Singapore Broadens IP links with Japan, China, Russia and Laos

IPOS International (“IPOSI”), the expertise and enterprise engagement arm of the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS), recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (“MOU”) with Japan’s Industrial Property Cooperation Center (IPCC). The MOU envisages providing enhanced patent search and analytical capabilities in both the Japanese and Chinese languages to benefit enterprises in Japan and Singapore […]

Illicit streaming devices under the copyright microscope

For the first time in Singapore, a group of rights owners consisting of telecommunication companies and cable TV providers successfully enforced their rights against a seller of illicit streaming devices (ISDs). Abdul Nagib Abdul Aziz (the respondent) pleaded guilty to one charge under Section 136(3A) of the Copyright Act Cap 63, while another charge under […]

Revisiting long-established concepts on independent and dependent patent claims in Singapore

The Intellectual Property Office of Singapore has recently announced in its newsletter dated August 14, 2019, that the current practice of examining independent and dependent claims as provided in the Examination Guidelines for Patent Applications (April 2019 version) continues to be in force. This newsletter has been circulated in the light of feedback received by […]

Indonesia – Patent Working Requirement

Since 26 August 2016, all patent holders are obliged to “work” their patented invention in Indonesia, by either manufacturing their patented products or using their patented processes within 36 months from the date the patent is granted – article 20 of Law No 13 2016 on patents (‘the new law’). There are consequences for not […]

INDIA AND JAPAN- BILATERAL PATENT PROSECUTION HIGHWAY

The Indian Patent Office (‘IPO’) and the Japan Patent Office (‘JPO’) have jointly embarked on a Bilateral Patent Prosecution Highway (‘PPH’) pilot program (the ‘PPH program’). Pursuant thereto, applicants can request for expedited examination by complying with the stipulated procedure. Applicants need to bear in mind the following: The number of requests accepted by the […]

Registrar Dismisses Opposition to ‘Wonglo’ Trademark Application

In Multi Access Limited v. Guangzhou Pharmaceutical Holdings Limited [2019] SGIPOS 15, Guangzhou Pharmaceutical Holdings Limited (the applicant), a state-owned enterprise in China, applied for the trademark WONGLO (the application mark) in Singapore on December 15, 2015, under International Registration No. 1297792 (Singapore TM No.40201608455Q) in Classes 5, 30, and 32. The opposition ultimately failed […]

Amendments to the Copyright Act in Singapore

The Ministry of Law and the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS) published the Singapore Copyright Review Report recommending wide-ranging amendments to the Copyright Act in January 2019. These proposals come on the back of a three-year review and public consultation period which began in August 2016 and represents a much-needed update to the act. […]