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06 April 2017

Billion dollar startup founded by Singapore lawyer targets audio and smartphone IP

The IP Office of Singapore announced its new board of directors last week, revealing that the sole tech company executive in the group has been re-appointed. If you are not familiar with Min-Liang Tan or his company Razer, you are likely not plugged…

06 March 2017

Monetisation may be some way off, but SE Asian companies have many reasons to get serious about IP

Just a couple of weeks back, IAM reported on a Singapore government proposal which suggested that the city-state may consider attracting or creating its own IP commercialisation entities. During last Friday’s IPBC Southeast Asia – our first…

09 February 2017

US corporates see mixed IP progress across Southeast Asian markets; TPP may make things worse

IP Bridge CEO Shigeharu Yoshii told this blog in a recent interview that the improving IP infrastructure in the ASEAN countries has given his firm the confidence to pursue numerous IP-centric business opportunities in the region. In fact, the…

15 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.

08 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.

06 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 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…

29 May 2015

For $37 billion, a semiconductor patent powerhouse is born - with its nerve centre in south-east Asia

After several days of rumours, it was confirmed yesterday that Singapore-incorporated electronics components manufacturer Avago Technologies has made an offer to acquire US semiconductor company Broadcom for $37 billion in what the Wall Street…