Publications

A Testament of Singapore’s FinTech Fast Track (FTFT) Initiative

The first patent using the FinTech Fast Track Initiative (“FTFT”) was recently granted by the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (“IPOS”) to Voyager Innovations Inc., a Philippines-based company that focuses on the delivery and development of digital technology services. The FTFT is a program designed to assist Financial Technology (“FinTech”) enterprises within the region to […]

Interpretation of Rules 610 and 611 of the Philippines’ Revised IRR for Patents and IPOPHL BOP Memorandum Circular 18-003

Following the issuance of Memorandum 18-003 on 17th September 2018 by Ms. Lolibeth R. Medrano, the Director of the Bureau of Patents (BOP), patent Applicants can now file a Voluntary Divisional Application (“VDA”) based on an earlier divisional application. Prior to the issuance of the said memorandum, an Applicant could only file a VDA based […]

Marijuana Patent Requests Suspended in Thailand

A special executive order was issued by the Thai government on 28th January 2019 directing the Department of Intellectual Property (“DIP”) to invalidate all pending marijuana-related patents applications within 90 days. This comes less than 3 months after the Thai National Legislative Assembly (“NLA”) approved the “Medical Marijuana” bill to be used for medical and […]

Late Submissions of Power of Attorney Documents for Patents and Design Now Acceptable in Vietnam

On 20th November 2018, the National Office of Intellectual Property (“NOIP”) issued Notice No. 13006/TB-SHTT (“Notice”), revising the timeline for submission of a Power of Attorney (“POA”) document in Vietnam thereby giving practitioners more time to comply with the requirement for their various patent and design filings and procedures. Prior to the implementation of this […]

Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc. v Intercontinental Exchange Holdings Inc.

In a recent proceeding initiated by the Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc. (CME), two trademarks “BRENT” and “BRENT INDEX” (“Subject Marks”) registered in the name of Intercontinental Exchange Holdings Inc. (ICE) were declared invalid by the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore on 24th September 2018. The grounds of invalidity pleaded by CME were:-  (1) The Subject […]

Philippines: Mediation Rules Revised

The Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (“IPOPHL”) under the Intellectual Property Code of Philippines has revised the Rules on Mediation and published the same vide Memorandum Circular No. 08 (Series of 2018). The key revisions to the mediation rules, which took effect on 7th September 2018, are as follows: Commencement: A case filed in […]

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. […]

Postponement Regimen on ‘Patent Working Requirements’ introduced by the Ministry of Law and Human Rights (Indonesia)

Article 20 of Law No. 13 of 2016 on patents that came into effect on August 26, 2016, requires patent holders to “work” their patents in order to support the transfer of technology, investment and/or job opportunities in Indonesia. To comply with the working requirements, patent holders need to implement their patents, for example, by […]