Publications

UPDATES TO THE TRADEMARK REGISTRY’S CLASSIFICATION PRACTICES – SERVICE CLASSES

(Circular No. 1/2020, dated 06 January 2020) An update on the classification practices on a number of descriptions/specifications pertaining to service classes was recently announced by the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (“IPOS”) vide Circular No. 1/2020 dated 6 January 2020. This circular is effective immediately and supersedes directions under previous circulars, affecting retail services; […]

SINGAPORE: Principal Assistant Registrar Clarifies ‘Genuine Use’ for Purposes of Maintaining a Registered Trademark

Aussino (USA) Inc. (proprietor) owned the AUSSINO trademark registered under No. T9910601C in Class 24 in Singapore since 1999 (trademark). On July 24, 2018, Aussino International Pte Ltd (applicant) applied to revoke the trademark under Section 22(1)(b) of the Trade Marks Act, alleging that it had not been used from July 2013 to July 2018. […]

Singapore: Recent Decisions of the Personal Data Protection Commission

The Personal Data Protection Commission (‘PDPC’) carried out certain investigations recently under Section 50(1) of the Personal Data Protection Act 2012 (‘PDPA’), and subsequently issued a warning and financial penalty on the respective errant entities below: L’Oréal Singapore Pte. Ltd., Case No. DP-1812-B3091 L’Oréal Singapore Pte. Ltd. (“L’Oréal”) operated a website which had a login […]

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 […]

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 […]