Indonesia: Well-Known Mark Triumphs over Registered Trademark in Indonesia

Dewi Nilasari (appellant), a local entrepreneur, failed to retain proprietary rights to the NOVEC 1230 mark after the Indonesian Supreme Court dismissed her appeal in Decision No. 160 K/Pdt.Sus-HKI/2019 on February 21, 2019. The appellant registered her mark in 2013 in Classes 9 (IDM000487501), 35 (IDM000487594), and 38 (IDM000487620). In 2016, the application by 3M […]

Philippines – IPOPHL Clarifies Rules for Filing Divisional Patent Applications

On 1 September 2018, the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (“IPOPHL”) issued a Memorandum Circular No. 18-0031 setting out the conditions and considerations when filing a divisional patent application in the Bureau of Patents (“BOP”). According to rules 610 and 611 of the Revised Implementing Rules and Regulations2 (Revised IRR), an applicant can file […]

Singapore: Lutong Defeats the Slippery Slope of Adidas

Taiwan-based Lutong Enterprise Corp. and Adidas International Marketing, competitors from different ends of the world, crossed swords over the use of their respective marks before the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (“Adidas International Marketing BV v Lutong Enterprise Corp [2018] SGIPOS 12”). Adidas is a household brand name that was founded in Germany in 1920 […]

Singapore – IPOS Accelerates Grants of Artificial Intelligence (AI) Patent Applications

The Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (“IPOS”) launched an Accelerated Initiative for an Artificial Intelligence (“AI2”) programme that became effective on 26 April 2019. This AI2 programme speeds up the file-to-grant process for Artificial Intelligence (“AI”)-related patent applications to merely 6 months instead of the usual 2 to 3 years. According to IPOS, the AI2 […]

INDONESIA: Indonesian Supreme Court Dismisses DC Comics Appeal

The Supreme Court of Indonesia, on May 28, 2019, dismissed an appeal (Decision No. 1105 K/Pdt.Sus-HKI/2018) brought by DC Comics against PT Marxing Fam Makmur (respondent). The respondent is in the food and beverage industry, producing and distributing among other things, Superman-themed chocolate wafer biscuits. The appellant, DC Comics, is an American comic book publisher […]

SINGAPORE: Opposition Fails Against Trademark Application by Sumatra Tobacco

In a decision dated April 10, 2019 (CTBAT International Co. Ltd v. N.V. Sumatra Tobacco Trading Company, [2019] SGIPOS 8), CTBAT International Co. Ltd (opponent) failed in its opposition against the registration of trademark application no. 4020151934T (see image below) by N.V. Sumatra Tobacco Trading Company (applicant). Background The opponent filed an application on October […]

Burberry Limited and another v Megastar Shipping Pte Ltd [2019] SGCA 01

Introduction Burberry Limited and Louis Vuitton Malletier (“Appellants”) failed in their action against Megastar Shipping Pte Ltd (“Respondent”), a freight forwarder providing transhipment services for trademark infringement (Civil Appeal No. 237 and 238 of 2017 respectively). Background The goods in question were counterfeit luxury goods in two sealed containers and were being shipped from China […]