Changes to Singapore Registered Design Law

Legislative changes to Singapore’s registered designs law were made by the enforcement of the Registered Designs (Amendment) Act 2017 (“RDAA 2017”) on 30 October 2017. The salient changes are as follows:. ... more

10 Things You Need to Know about the Malaysian Patent Grant Process

The processes for allowance and grant of patents in Malaysia differ significantly from those in many other jurisdictions. They are a common source of confusion and uncertainty. So, here are ten pointers that should help clarify the local practice. ... more

Balancing Patents and Trade Secrets – Getting the best of both worlds

Patents and trade secrets seem like opposite sides of a scale. Trade secrets derive their legal protection from their inherently secretive nature whereas patents can only be protected through disclosure of the invention – the specification in a patent application must describe the invention in a manner that would enable one with ordinary skill in the art to make and use the invention without an undue amount of experimentation. In fact, a patent will be invalidated if the important details of the invention are not described in the specification. ... more

Issues Revolving Around Parallel Imports

What are parallel imports? The court in Tien Ying Hong Enterprise Sdn Bhd v Beenion Sdn Bhd [2010] 8 MLJ 550 stated that parallel imports refer to goods, which are lawfully manufactured overseas but imported and distributed in Malaysia by a person other than the registered proprietor of the trade mark. Parallel imports are non-counterfeit products and are often referred to as ‘grey market goods’. The term ‘grey market goods’ is somewhat misleading, as the goods are in fact original, only the distribution channels are not controlled by the trade mark proprietor. ... more

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