Publications

Medical use claims in ASEAN countries

Singapore  Under Section 16 of the Singapore Patents Act, “an invention of a method of treatment of the human or animal body by surgery or therapy or of diagnosis practised on the human or animal body is not taken to be capable of industrial application.” However, first and second medical use claims are allowable in […]

Breach of the Protection Obligation by Trinity Christian Centre

A recent decision highlights the need to implement reasonable security measures in database servers to safeguard against personal data breaches. On 11 March 2021, Trinity Christian Centre (the “Organisation”) reported a data breach involving ransomware to the Personal Data Protection Commission (“PDPC”). The Organisation sought to expedite proceedings, readily acknowledging the facts and admitting to […]

Amendments to Patents Law in Malaysia

The Malaysia Patent Office recently announced amendments to the Patents Act and Regulations, taking effect from 18 March 2022. Highlights of the key amendments are set out as follows: 1.     New Section giving effect to Budapest Treaty A new section is introduced to the Patents Act and Regulations giving effect to the Budapest Treaty.  The deposit […]

Daimler AG v. Vivo Mobile Communication Co., Ltd.

The case concerns an opposition in Singapore by Daimler AG (the opponent) to a trademark application by Viva Mobile Communication Co. (the applicant) to register (the application mark). The opponent had opposed the application on two grounds: namely, Sections 8(2) (b) and 8(7)(a) of the Trade Marks Act (Cap 332, 2020 Rev Ed) (the act). […]

Changes to Patent Examination Guidelines Concerning Computer- Implemented Invention in Vietnam Effective April 2022

           Computer programs are generally known as a set of instructions expressed in the form of source codes, and when being executed by a computer device, are capable of performing a task or achieving a result. In Vietnam, computer programs are recognized as literary works and are protected under the copyright regime. Therefore, computer programs […]

SINGAPORE: Way Off!

An application by S. C. Johnson & Son, Inc. (applicant) to invalidate Off-White LLC’s (the proprietor’s) registered trademark on the grounds of similarity, well-known mark status, and passing off was adjudged to fail by the IP adjudicator in his decision, rendered on December 15, 2021. His decision bears highlighting as it underscores how, when considering […]