In Bigfoot Internet Ventures Pte. Ltd. v Athleta (ITM) Inc.  SGIPOS 10 (decision issued 2nd July 2018), a Singapore-registered trade mark held by a large American clothing conglomerate was partially revoked on grounds of non-use. The mark “ATHLETA” (the “Proprietors’ Mark”), owned by Athleta (ITM) Inc. (“the Proprietors”) – a wholly-owned subsidiary of US […]
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 […]
In Fox Head, Inc. v Fox Street Wear Pte Ltd  SGIPOS 8, Singaporean clothing distributor Fox Street Wear Pte Ltd (‘the Applicant’) applied to register the below mark (‘the Application Mark’) in Class 25. This was the same mark which had previously been refused registration in Singapore in Class 18, via a successful opposition […]
In Monster Energy Company v Glamco Co., Ltd.  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 […]
Lee Tat Cheng v Maka GPS Technologies Pte Ltd  SGCA 18 Introduction In the recent decision of Lee Tat Cheng v Maka GPS Technologies Pte Ltd  SGCA 18, the Singapore Court of Appeal (the “Court”) reaffirmed the law on patent construction in Singapore and clarified the Singapore position in relation to the UK […]
In line with Singapore’s vision to become a Smart Nation, the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS) has launched a FinTech Fast Track (FTFT) initiative, effective from 26 April 2018 for a period of 12 months, in order to expedite the file-to-grant process for FinTech patent applications for as fast as 6 months. Normally, it […]
McCHICKEN®, McNUGGETS® and McFLURRY® immediately conjure up images of the ‘family of marks’ owned by McDonald’s Corporation. Indeed, the ‘family of marks’ doctrine is well-established in trademark law. Be that as it may, can it be said that there exists a family of marks when they are not owned by the same entity? What needs […]
At Mirandah Asia, we are committed to ensuring that the expertise of our staff is shared across the board to provide clients with the best level of service across all of the jurisdictions we cover. Suriyia Sadanathan, Mirandah Asia’s Head of Patent Department in Malaysia, recently delivered a patent drafting workshop to the Singapore office […]
At the beginning of 2018, Mirandah Asia kept up its regular practice of uniting delegations of staff from across our various offices, to ensure that common procedures are followed and that teamwork is kept to a high standard. The training programs united staff from our offices in Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines.
Mirandah Asia Singapore was a sea of red as the year of the dog commenced in February! As is tradition, the staff tossed the yu sheng, yelling ‘Lo Hei!‘ and further exclamations of good fortune. We wish you all a prosperous new year!