Drawing a Line Between Perfume and Wine in Singapore

Tsujimoto Kenzo (“the Applicant”), the proprietor and founder of a winery called Kenzo Estate, located in California, had applied for the trademark “KENZO ESTATE” in Singapore in 2008 under Class 33 and the same was published in February 2010.  Kenzo (“Opponent”), a fashion house engaged in the manufacture, sale and distribution of products like fragrances, […]

ASEAN and India – Pre-filing Public Disclosures and “Secret” Prior Art

Best practices for cost effective foreign filing require that applicants and practitioners be aware of the laws on secret prior art and non-prejudical public exposures. Two common issues which may arise in conjunction with any patent application that should be fully understood and appreciated by both patent applicants and practitioners are the pre-filing public disclosures […]