Singapore: A Shining Example of Passing Off

The following decision issued on April 2, 2020, appears to go against Singapore’s first-to-file system and highlights the fact that prior rights (if any) in Singapore can be protected under the tort of passing off under the Trade Marks Act (TMA). Golden Cala Trading EST (applicant), incorporated in Saudi Arabia, applied to register the LENSME […]

Advertising Standards Authority of Singapore Issues Advisory on Advertisements of Health Products During COVID-19 Pandemic

Whilst the COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease 2019) pandemic continues to upset every sphere of human activity in an unprecedented manner, the Advertising Standards Authority of Singapore (‘ASAS’) has noted that some local consumer-facing enterprises have attempted to aggressively advertise products and services that are intended for personal health and protection. While ASAS is heartened to note […]

New Singapore Patent Fast Track Programme to Accelerate Patent Prosecution Timeframe

The Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS) in its continuing effort to expand support to innovators, launched a new programme named the “SG Patent Fast Track”  on 4 May 2020 to replace the existing patent acceleration programmes, namely FinTech Fast Track and Accelerated Initiative for Artificial Intelligence (“AI2”), which ceased on 25 April 2020 and […]

Southeast Asia Update

A roundup of the newsworthy mentions in the Southeast Asian from the first quarter of 2020. Singapore Snagging the headlines in Singapore early March, on top of the COVID-19 coverage, is the nomination of IPOS’ current Chief Executive, Mr Daren Tang, by WIPO’s Coordination Committee, for the position of WIPO Director General. His nomination is […]

Singapore: A-Star Education Discovery Camps Pte. Ltd. v. Discovery Communications, LLC

In a decision billed by the hearing registrar as a “David and Goliath clash”, Discovery Communications, LLC (“Opponent”), a corporate media giant of “Discovery Channel” fame, brought opposition proceedings against the application of A-Star-Education Discovery Camps Pte. Ltd. (“Applicant”) to register the mark “   ” (the “Application Mark”) (Singapore Trade Mark No. 40201714407Q). The Principal […]

Digi mark application fails in Singapore: Teraoka Seiko Co., Ltd v. Digi International Inc. [2020] SGIPOS 1

Digi International Inc. (“the Applicant”) is an American Industrial Internet of Things technology company headquartered in the United States of America founded in 1985. The Applicant applied to protect the trade mark: (“the Application Mark”) in Singapore on 3 March 2016 under International Registration No. 1326111 (TradeMark No. 40201700142X) in Classes 9, 38 and 42. […]

Singapore Swings

Following big policy changes in 2019, the time is right to look at IP developments in this fast-evolving country. For the intellectual property field in Singapore, 2019 was an exciting year, with new policies to promote Singapore as an IP hub and legislative reforms leading the charge in opening up new areas of opportunity. For […]

SINGAPORE: Decision Illustrates the Importance of Pre-Filing Searches

A recent case concerning two conflicting trademarks illustrates the importance of conducting pre-filing searches for existing and similar marks. Dr. August Wolff GmbH & Co. KG Arzneimittel (the proprietor) owned the VAGISAN trademark (the subject mark) registered in Singapore under registration No. T1206670G in Classes 3 and 5. On November 14, 2017, Combe International Ltd […]