The IP (Dispute Resolution) Bill

Legislative amendments bringing broad-ranging reform to the intellectual property (IP) regime in Singapore were tabled before lawmakers in early July 2019, following public consultations in July 2017 and August 2018. The IP (Dispute Resolution) Bill (the IP Bill) has the following overarching aims: (1) The consolidation of civil IP proceedings in the Singapore High Court, […]

SINGAPORE: Court Rules ‘Tartan’ Is Not a Geographical Indication

Scotch Whisky Association (the appellant) is an association protecting the interests of leading distillers, blenders, and exporters of the Scotch Whisky trade worldwide. Isetan Mitsukoshi Ltd (the respondent) is a Japanese department store selling a variety of products, including alcoholic beverages. The respondent applied for “Isetan Tartan” (the mark) in Singapore in Class 33 for […]

SINGAPORE: New Intellectual Property Bill Heralds Significant Reform to IP Landscape

Legislative amendments bringing broad-ranging reform to the intellectual property (IP) regime in Singapore were tabled before lawmakers in early July 2019, following public consultations in July 2017 and August 2018. At present, IP disputes are heard in multiple fora including the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS), the Singapore State Courts, or the High Court […]

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 […]

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: 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 […]