Publications

The Proposed Draft Geographical Indications Act in Singapore

A geographical indication (“GI”) can be understood to be a sign which when applied to products corresponds with a particular geographical origin attributing certain essential and peculiar qualities or reputation to such products. In essence, a GI performs the function of being an indicator of certain characteristics or reputation or certifying adherence to traditional/ distinctive […]

SINGAPORE: IP Office Emphasizes Understanding of Average Consumer in Assessing Similarity

In Monster Energy Company v. NBA Properties, Inc. [Sept. 5, 2018] SGIPOS 16, Monster (the opponent) unsuccessfully opposed registration of NBA’s (the applicant’s) composite mark comprising a circular device bearing the words TORONTO RAPTORS at the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS). The opponent relied on its claw device  and composite device against NBA’s application. […]

NON-PAYMENT OF OUTSTANDING ANNUITY OBLIGATIONS IN INDONESIA WILL RESULT IN THE REGISTRY’S NON-ACCEPTANCE OF NEW PATENT FILINGS FROM THE SAME PROPRIETOR

On 16 August 2018, the Directorate General of Intellectual Property (DGIP) issued a Circular requiring payment of all outstanding annuities due before 26 August 2016 (the enforcement date of the new Indonesian Patents Law) in respect of abandoned patent cases. This payment is to be made within six (6) months from the date of issuance […]

Singapore Court of Appeal Clarifies Stance on Entitlement to Patent Ownership

The recent decision of the Singapore Court of Appeal in Cicada Cube Pte Ltd v National University Hospital (Singapore) Pte Ltd [2018] SGCA 52 provides much needed clarity on the laws concerning entitlement to patent ownership. The Plaintiff, the National University Hospital (“NUH”), had worked with a software development company, Cicada Cube (“Cicada”), to develop […]

Monster Fails in Another Singapore Trademark Opposition Case

For the fourth time in less than 12 months, Monster Energy Company (‘MEC’) initiated trademark opposition proceedings at the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS) with the aim at preventing another party’s registration of a mark containing the word “MONSTER”. In this case, MEC, the proprietor of the mark “MONSTER ENERGY”, challenged its most high-profile […]

Similarity of Marks Examined in Singapore ‘Monster’ Case

In Monster Energy Company v Glamco Co., Ltd. [2018] SGIPOS 7, multinational energy drinks manufacturer Monster (‘the Opponent’) unsuccessfully opposed an application to register the mark ‘SWEET MONSTER’ (‘the Application Mark’) in Class 30 by Korean dessert purveyor Glamco (‘the Applicant’). The Registrar denied the Opponent’s three grounds of opposition. The first was that, following […]