AUGUST 2014 ISSUE:

Motherhood Pte Ltd v Lau Elaine and others [2013] SGHC 258

The Plaintiff’s monthly printed “Motherhood Magazine” relating to parenting issues had been published in Singapore since 1983. An application to register the trade mark “Motherhood” was made on 23 May 2012 and was granted on 04 July 2013 on the basis of acquired distinctiveness through use. The Defendants' started publication of their online magazine “Today’s Motherhood” from June 2009 to November 2011 and included a commemorative issue in September 2011. ... more

Modified Substantive Examination

The pendency of a Malaysian application normally lasts 3-4 years before it proceeds to grant where much of it is spent waiting for its examination. The pendency period is not shortened even if substantive examination is requested early. With the exception of an expedited examination request, which provides access to skip the regular queue, Malaysian applications are generally examined in the order of the application dates. So, is there a way to reduce the pendency period of a Malaysian application without the ... more

Voluntary Notification of Copyright is Here to Stay

Time has certainly flown by since this writer’s initial article on the topic in August 2012. Fast forward to June 2014, it is now the second anniversary of the voluntary notification system for copyright coming into force in Malaysia. In the past 24 months, the system has charted encouraging growth. ... more

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