India – Court Rules On Pre-Grant Opposition

Recently the Delhi High court decided on an important question of law concerning the maintainability of a writ petition under Article 226 of the Constitution of India against an order of Controller of Patents either allowing or rejecting a pre-grant opposition under Section 25(1) of the Patents Act 1970.  The case is UCB FARCHIM SA […]

Singapore – Landmark Patent Revocation by IPOS under Section 80 of the Patent Act

Cargill International Trading Pte Ltd v Martek Biosciences Corporation [2009] SGIPOS 12 Introduction On 20 January 2006, Cargill International Trading Pte Ltd (the Applicant) filed an application with the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS) to revoke the Singapore Patent No. 42669 entitled “Arachidonic Acid and Methods for the Production and Use thereof” owned by […]

India – Copyright And Designs Act Harmonized

In India, original artistic works may sometimes fall under the Designs Act and the Copyrights Act. This overlap has been much debated and has come up for adjudication several times before the courts. In a recent case, the Copyright Board made some pertinent observations, especially with respect to artistic works produced by the application of […]

ASEAN Launches Patent Cooperation Programme

Countries from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations have embarked on their first regional cooperation in Intellectual property, specifically in patents, by introducing ASEAN Patent Examination Co-operation (ASPEC). There are eight participating IP offices from: Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. Once a search and examination report is issued by any […]