IPOS Extended Its Patent Acceleration Initiatives under ASPEC AIM Programme and PPH Programme with China

The Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS) has recently extended its two pilot patent acceleration programmes such as the ASPEC Acceleration for Industry 4.0 Infrastructure and Manufacturing Pilot (ASPEC AIM) Programme until 26 August 2023, and the Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) agreement with the China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) until 31 August 2026, in […]

Bakery Worked with the Personal Data Protection Commission to Investigate Breach

On 21 September 2021, the Personal Data Protection Commission (“the Commission”) fined Seriously Keto Pte. Ltd. (“Seriously Keto”) a penalty of $8,000 over its breach of its personal data protection obligations under the Personal Data Protection (“PDPA”). In particular, the Commission found that Seriously Keto had failed to implement appropriate security measures in order to […]

Personal Data Protection Commission Allowing Fine to Be Paid in Installments

The Personal Data Protection Commission (“the Commission”) fined Sendtech Pte. Ltd. (“Sendtech”) a penalty of $9,000 through 12 installments following a finding that it had breached its obligations under the Personal Data Protection Act 2021. On 13 February 2021, Sendtech informed the Commission of an unauthorized access to its Amazon Web Services (“AWS”) account through […]

Updates on Singapore patent practice

Following a series of public consultation and discussions, the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS) has confirmed that they will launch a formal procedure for the submission of “third party observations” under which members of the public will be able notify IPOS of information that might be of relevance to the patentability of an invention […]

TRIPS waiver in light of the COVID-19 pandemic in Philippines

The World Health Organization’s – Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property (TRIPS) is a global multilateral agreement on intellectual property (IP).1 The TRIPS Waiver refers to the October 2020 proposal by India and South Africa for a brief waiver of intellectual property rights that protect inventions that are required to prevent, contain or treat COVID-19. They […]

Online Marketplace Vindicated from Cyberattack

On 14 May 2021, Carousell Pte. Ltd. (“Carousell”) informed the Personal Data Protection Commission (“the Commission”) about an incident of unauthorized access to its users’ accounts due to a “credential stuffing” attack. Credential stuffing refers to a type of cyberattack where a cybercriminal accesses user accounts from one organisation using the usernames and passwords stolen […]

Well-Known Software & Technology Company Fined for Erroneous Disclosure of Payroll Information

In its decision dated 30th July 2021, the Personal Data Protection Commission (“the PDPC”) has fined well-known software and technology company, SAP Asia Pte. Ltd. (“SAP”) $13,500 over its breach of its personal data protection obligations under Section 24 of the Personal Data Protection Act (“PDPA”). The Decision follows a complaint received by the PDPC […]

Sporting Goods Company Issued Warning for Data Protection Breach

The Personal Data Protection Commission (“the Commission”) issued a Warning to Specialized Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd. (“SAP”) for breach its personal data protection obligations under Section 24 of the Personal Data Protection Act (“PDPA”). Specialized Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd. is a wholesale company of sporting products and equipment including bicycles and healthcare equipment, established in […]