Region: Singapore

Patent reform in the US may drive us to use trade secrets more, says IP chief of top Asian R&D centre

The patent system in Europe is facing an uncertain future in the aftermath of Britain's vote to leave the European Union. But there is still plenty of evidence to suggest that the IP market’s centre of gravity is shifting further from the United…

05 July 2016

High Court has Yellow Pages’ number in copyright dispute over telephone directories

A recent High Court case has developed the law with respect to copyright protection for databases and the groundless threat counterclaim. It also illustrates how the 'creativity' approach should apply within the specific context of telephone directories, where there is no dichotomy between facts and expression.

29 June 2016

Appeal court rules on AMC v AMC

The Singapore Court of Appeal recently upheld claims of trademark infringement and passing off filed by Audience Motivation against AMC Live. The court also held that AMC Live would not be entitled to the own-name defence with respect to the infringement claim.

15 June 2016

Applying visual similarity principles to marks with dominant textual components

In a recent decision the hearing officer dismissed on all grounds an opposition filed by independent pet food company Pets Global Pte Ltd against a mark owned by specialist pet products supplier B2K Pet Products Pte Ltd. She found that the marks were not similar since they were not visually, aurally or conceptually similar.

08 June 2016

For IP service providers Guangdong is a go-to venue as patent monetisation activity increases there

The IP Office of Singapore (IPOS) has announced plans to open its first satellite office in Guangzhou, in the Chinese region of Guangdong. The destination says a lot about where the patent world’s centre of gravity is shifting to. Guangdong is in…

30 May 2016

There is still a fight on to become Asia's IP hub, but it may be an idea whose time has come and gone

This morning I spoke with a US-based corporate patent strategist passing through Asia about the efforts of various countries, cities and city-states in the region to establish themselves as ‘IP hubs’, creating a more concrete market for the…

06 May 2016

Singapore’s Creative follows up Apple and Samsung settlements with new US enforcement campaign

Creative Technology has filed a clutch of US patent infringement lawsuits, as well as a complaint with the US International Trade Commission (ITC), against a number of major tech corporates in the latest indication that it is adopting the kind of IP…

15 April 2016

Two recent WiLAN deals vindicate Panasonic's strategy of outsourcing patent monetisation to NPEs

WiLAN announced two significant licensing deals last week, each involving patent portfolios that had been assigned to it by Japanese electronics giant Panasonic. As well as delivering potentially important returns for the firm, the agreements also…

07 December 2015

A global view: rethinking patent portfolio strategy

Featured in IAM Yearbook 2016 – Building IP value in the 21st century

There was a time when patent portfolio managers could follow the idiom ‘think global, act local’. As a practical matter, they could dominate a global market while holding patents in just a handful of jurisdictions, or sometimes even just one. That…

23 October 2015

Misinformation and misinterpretation abound as the TPP passes after years of wrangling

Negotiators from 12 Pacific Rim countries announced yesterday that they had reached agreement on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a trade liberalisation pact covering 40% of the world’s economy which has proven controversial for, among other…

06 October 2015

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