India – Copyright Societies Expand Role

Under the Copyrights Act 1957 copyright societies are authorised to grant licences for copyrighted works. No other person except the owner of the work or a copyright society can grant a licence. A copyright society has the task of collective management of the rights of the owners and furthers their interests to prevent infringement of […]

Philippines Battle Between Pfizer And Unilab Continues

One of the world’s pharmaceutical giants, Pfizer, owns a patent for the anti-cholesterol drug “Atorvastatin Calcium” under Warner Lambert, which is valid and is in force until September 2012 in the Philippines. Pfizer marketed this drug under the brand Lipitor. The largest Philippine drug-maker, United Laboratories Inc. (Unilab), started selling in 2009 the generic version […]

Singapore gets a WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Centre for Intellectual Property

A. Arbitration and Mediation Centre The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has established its first Arbitration and Mediation Centre in Singapore, the first of its kind outside Geneva. The Centre will primarily deal with intellectual property (IP) disputes originating in Asia Pacific. B. What type of cases will it hear? The new centre will focus […]

Patent Revocation in Singapore

In recent years, there has been an increase in patent litigation in Singapore contributed by the speed and quality of decisions, relatively low costs and transparency in the legal system. Since the enactment of the Singapore Patents Act in 1995, patent law and enforcement has grown in strength. It has to be noted that since […]