Thailand’s Department of Intellectual Property (DIP) issue a new “Fast Track System” for Trademark Registration and Trademark Renewal

As per the recent Department of Intellectual Property (DIP)’s Declaration, the DIP has announced a Fast Track system for (1) Trademark Registration and (2) Trademark Renewal (effective from 23th February 2021), which can be summarised as follows: Trademark Registration Fast Track System– The usual timeframe for Trademark Registration as per the DIP Manual (as issued […]

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 […]

Apple Secures “IWATCH” Trademark Registration in Singapore

On 24 January 2019, the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (“IPOS”) delivered its written judgement dismissing an opposition filed by Swatch AG (“SWATCH”) for the registration of the mark “IWATCH” filed by Apple Inc. (“Apple”). Swatch based its opposition on the grounds that “IWATCH” was confusingly similar to its earlier marks, “SWATCH” and “ ”, […]