Louis Vuitton Counterfeit Case in Singapore Clarifies Definitions of ‘Import’ and ‘Export’ for Trade Mark Infringement Purposes

In the recent Singapore High Court case of Louis Vuitton Malletier v Megastar Shipping Pte Ltd [2017] SGHC 305, the Court held that a freight forwarder who was unwittingly sent counterfeit goods into Singapore for transshipment was not liable for trademark infringement. The case concerned two shipments from China bound for Indonesia via Singapore. The […]

Vietnam – Fungicide Infringers Extinguished

In general, administrative actions in Vietnam are initiated by filing a complaint with the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) Inspectorate, Market Control Office (MCO), Department of Customs (DC) or Economic Police (EP). The complaining party will submit the following: (i) documentary evidence of ownership of the infringed mark; and, (ii) proof of infringement, including […]

Jail For Lady Counterfeiter In Manila

There are rare occasions by which a criminal case is filed for violation of the Intellectual Property Code of the Philippines (Republic Act No. 8293). But in those rare occasions, the Philippine courts do not hesitate to sink their teeth in deeply and put the counterfeiter behind bars. After more than a decade of legal […]

Thailand – Curbing The Counterfeiters

While Thailand has been on the Priority Watch List of the Office of the USTR Special 301 Report since 2007, the Royal Thai government has remained steadfast in its commitment to stronger protection and enforcement of Intellectual Property rights. The Special 301 Report has noted the positive actions undertaken by the Thai government in this […]

Border Enforcement Measures Increase The Protection Of IP Rights In The Philippines

In its attempt to administer the implementation of state policies on the protection, utilization and enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) in the Philippines, the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IP Philippines) convened the Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement Action Panel (IP-REAP) in 2002. This panel, a joint government and private sector body, was established […]

The on going battle against counterfeit anti-malaria drugs in South East Asia

In February this year, it was revealed that the International Criminal Police Organisation (INTERPOL) with the help of scientists and health workers from the World Health Organization (WHO) and Wellcome-Trust University of Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Programme, and the co-operation of Chinese authorities have uncovered a massive counterfeit anti- malaria drug syndicate, based in southern […]