Vietnam Government Tightens Enforcement through September 2010 Decree

In September 2010, the Vietnamese Government issued a Decree (No: 97/2010/ND-CP) to cut down on red tape and make it easier to initiate action against infringements. The Decree specifies acts of administrative violation, sanctioning forms and levels, remedies, complaint procedures, mechanism for handling complaints, competence of authorized personnel and guidelines for enforcement of procedures. The […]

Singapore – The Trek Case

NEW DEVELOPMENTS IN SINGAPORE PATENT LAW Singapore has seen its first major patent case in a while with the judgment in Trek Technology (Singapore) Pte Ltd v FE Global Electronics Pte Ltd and Other Suits [2005] SGHC 90. The High Court here considered a patent infringement case and commented on various aspects of patent law […]

A Product Formed by a Patented Process may not infringe a Patent in Singapore if the Resulting Product includes Supplemental Processing Steps

A patent provides a patent proprietor with the right to exclude others from utilizing the invention claimed in the patent. When the subject matter of the invention is a process, the patent will prevent others from using the process. Under the infringement provisions in the Singapore Patent Act, Section 66 (1)(b) provides that when a […]

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 […]