Malaysia’s IP Laws To Be Revamped

Due to the recent debates over the rights of IP owners and public discontent, the Intellectual Property Corporation of Malaysia (MyIPO) has reviewed the Intellectual Property Laws of Malaysia and will soon be implementing amendments to resolve matters. The review and amendments will affect the Copyright Act, Trade Marks Act, Patents Act and Industrial Design […]

Malaysia – Registrar’s Discretion in a Trademark Application: Judicial Principles should Prevail over Arbitrariness

Illinois Tool Works, Inc v Pendaftar Cap Dagangan The Registrar of Trade Marks has a general discretion to refuse to register a trade mark which satisfied all the positive conditions laid down by the Trade Marks Act. However, that discretion must be exercised judicially on reasonable grounds which are capable of being clearly stated, and […]

Singapore – SingTel Strikes First Blow In “Mio” Trade Mark Suit

In a recent judgment, the Singapore High Court upheld the validity of Singapore Telecommunications Ltd’s (SingTel) trade marks and accordingly acquitted SingTel of trade mark infringement against Mitac International Corporation’s (Mitac) registered trade marks. Background Mitac is a company incorporated in Taiwan and is in the business of providing computed products, internet appliances, wireless communication […]

Singapore – on PPH with Japan and on ASPEC with ASEAN member states

Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) is a set of initiatives for providing accelerated patent prosecution procedures by sharing information between some patent offices.  It permits each participating patent office to benefit from the work previously done by the other patent office, with the goal of reducing examination workload and improving patent quality.The patent office that receives […]