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 […]

Malaysia – IT Companies Battle Over Intellectual Property (Prevention is better than cure!)

A recent contention between two IT companies in Malaysia stresses the importance to intellectual property agreements in business contracts. Such contentions may be avoided by proper accounting of intellectual property (IP), periodic audits and IP due diligence. In this article, we discuss the contention between Netripples and Knowlegebase over IP rights for a software product. […]

Petty Invention Revoked in Malaysia!

A utility innovation (“UI”) is an exclusive right granted for a minor or petty invention that falls short of the inventive step and novelty bars required for patent protection. Just like a patent, a UI can be revoked and invalidated notwithstanding the Patent Registry’s finding that the UI claim and description adequately met the requirements […]

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 […]