Parallel Imports permitted on patented products in Singapore

Parallel importation refers to the import of goods outside the distribution channels contractually negotiated by the manufacturer. Because the manufacturer/IP owner has no contractual connection with a parallel importer, the imported goods are sometimes referred to as “grey market goods”. This desciption in fact is somewhat misleading, as the goods as such are original, being […]

Thai Court Rules Against Patent Infringement: Distributor Succeeds In Obtaining Rights To Trade Name

In the recent Thai case of Visit Taksapiboon v Modern Technique Lock Co., Ltd (Case No. 57/2007), the Central Intellectual Property and International Trade Court (CIPITC) considered a claim of patent infringement and a counter-claim against the Plaintiff for invalidation of the patent as well as a challenge against the Plaintiff’s rights to use an […]