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Thailand’s New Customs Recordation Procedures for Trademark and Copyright – Inspection Request on a case-by-case basis

In this last instalment on Thailand’s new customs recordation procedures, please note that addition to the general customs recordation, an Inspection Request may also be filed on a case-by-case basis should the trademark and copyright owners (“IP owners”) suspect any importing, exporting, or transiting goods to be infringing their IP rights. Upon verification of the […]

SINGAPORE: Examiner Rejects “PARTY LIKE GATSBY” Mark for Lack of Distinctiveness

Slogans are useful tools in brand advertisements. However, as they often consist of ordinary words and phrases which are laudatory in nature, slogans generally do not meet the distinctiveness requirement for purposes of trademark registration in the absence of evidence of use. The following recent case reminds us of this. Arangur UG (haftungsbeschrankt) (applicant) applied […]

Singapore: Dispute over trademark rights to famous “Eng’s” noodle shop decided in favour of late founder’s heirs

A June 2022 decision by the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS) provided a first instance ruling for a trademark dispute pertaining to the name of a famous noodle shop in Singapore. The IPOS adjudicator ruled that the late noodle shop operator’s children had a right to register trademarks pertaining to the name of their […]

New Regulatory Authority Created to Regulate and Oversee Gambling in Singapore

Newly enacted legislations in Singapore have established a single regulatory authority for all forms of gambling, and have updated gambling regulations to protect the country from potentially harmful emerging trends. Establishment of the Gambling Regulatory Authority The Gambling Regulatory Authority of Singapore Act (“GRA Act”) which came into force 1 August 2022 has tasked the […]

Thailand’s New Customs Recordation Procedures for Trademark and Copyright – Requirements

Further to our recent post on the reversal of administration of customs recordal to the Royal Thai Customs Department (“Customs”), trademark and copyright owners (“IP owners”) who wish to file customs recordation should take note of the following requirements: Recordation of Registered Trademarks Appointment of a local agent, if the IP owner is a foreigner; […]

Thailand’s New Customs Recordation Procedures for Trademark and Copyright

Customs recordation has always been an important border protection measure that Intellectual Property (IP) owners can employ for enforcement purposes in Thailand. In the past IP owners would file customs recordation directly with the Royal Thai Customs Department (Customs), by recording their trademark information as well as the names of their authorised importers for Customs […]