Revisiting trademark prosecution strategies in light of new guidance regarding the suspension of tra...31 October 2023
On June 13, 2023, the China National Intellectual Property Administration (NIPA) published a notice explaining its new internal working guideline, which specifies situations where the NIPA examiners should or may temporarily suspend the examination o...
The ins and outs of IP licensing31 October 2023
Registering your trademarks, patents and other key intellectual property assets is essential for ensuring the legal protection of your ideas – but it can also be critical to your financial bottom line. For some organizations, establishing IP rights a...
The adverse effect of adverbs in patent specifications31 October 2023
Do you know that there are certain words (adverbs in particular) or phrases that can alter the meaning of a term when used in the context of patent claims? In certain cases, the use of these normal-looking adverbs/terms can severely limit, or even ha...
Dr. Who Water Works Pte Ltd and others v Dr. Who (M) Sdn Bhd and others31 October 2023
When IP disputes arise, it is important for the disputing parties to honour settlement agreements. Breaching a settlement agreement may bring about liability under IP law frameworks.
Quo Vadis, cannabis patents?28 September 2023
About 60 countries around the world permit the use of medical marijuana, and a few allow its use for recreational purposes. In 2022, Thailand decriminalized the use of cannabis, but recreational use remains illegal. Possession, cultivation, distribut...
Russia: Free use of patents14 September 2023
Two authors who do not know each other can create similar but creatively independent intellectual property objects. In copyright law, this situation is called “parallel creativity”.
India: The perils of not naming the correct inventors13 September 2023
When an invention is created by the joint efforts of many persons, all of them qualify to be named as inventors in the patent application. What happens if one is left off?
Tiger Pictures Entertainment Ltd v. Encore Films Pte Ltd: An expedited process in the interest of ju...13 September 2023
ASEAN: Emerging trends in Southeast Asia’s autonomous vehicle patent landscape30 August 2023
While there has been an unprecedented interest in Southeast Asia as a patent filing destination, the autonomous vehicle technology patent landscape in the region remains nascent.
India: Extent of estoppel in an infringement suit against a cited mark29 August 2023
The Battle of Zeniths: A Single Judge Bench has ruled that the marks of Zenith Dance Institute had been infringed by those of the defendant, Zenith Dancing and Music.
India: The missing elements in the patent specification31 July 2023
The patent law in every jurisdiction mandates that the patentee fully disclose the invention in the patent specification filed along with the application.
Singapore: Revocation of registered design on grounds of lack of novelty31 July 2023
Singapore courts have ruled in Soon Ailing v. Chen & Partners, on revocation of a registered design application based on lack of novelty.
Russia: Features of claims for the protection of the right to a brand name in the current practice o...31 May 2023
This article examines the problematic issues that arise in law enforcement practice on the protection of the exclusive right to a company name.
India: The Delhi High Court’s Decision in OpenTV31 May 2023
Arguably, Section 3(k) and Section 59 objections are the most recurring objections during the examination of patent applications by the Indian Patent Office.
India: Some thoughts on due diligence and safe harbor31 May 2023
The Indian government has declared 2020-30 as the Technological Decade – or “Techade”. The Digital India Act is expected to completely overhaul India’s law and policy regulations in the digital space.