Twitter Logo Youtube Circle Icon LinkedIn Icon

Publishing firms

Press releases and law firm thought leadership

This page is dedicated to keeping readers informed of the latest news and thought leadership articles from law firms across the globe.

If your firm wishes to publish press releases or articles, please contact Shehab Khurshid on +44 (0) 207 396 5689 or shehab.khurshid@legalease.co.uk

 

Legal Developments Worldwide

Articles contributed by ATMD Bird & Bird LLP

View the listing for ATMD Bird & Bird LLP

gTLDs Update: List of gTLD applications published

June 2012 - Intellectual Property. Legal Developments by ATMD Bird & Bird LLP .

More articles by this firm.

Earlier this month, we reported that the list of gTLD applications would be published on 13 June 2012. "Reveal Day" has arrived and the list of gTLD applications has been published on ICANN's website. Please click here to download a PDF copy of this list for your review.

gTLDs Update: "Reveal Day" announced

June 2012 - Intellectual Property. Legal Developments by ATMD Bird & Bird LLP .

More articles by this firm.

We reported in our May 2012 update on gTLDs that the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) had delayed publication of the list of gTLD applications due to technical difficulties. ICANN has now announced that it is targeting to publish the list of applied-for domain names on 13 June 2012.

Employment Smile Inc: A methodology for analysis of restrictive covenants

June 2012 - Intellectual Property. Legal Developments by ATMD Bird & Bird LLP .

More articles by this firm.

Restrictive covenant (RC) clauses are common in Singapore employment contracts, with the Singapore courts generally taking a strict approach towards enforcing them.

Energy and Resources Singapore’s participation in C40

June 2012 - Intellectual Property. Legal Developments by ATMD Bird & Bird LLP .

More articles by this firm.

On 23 March 2012, Singapore signed a historic Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) to participate in the C40 as an observer city.

MAS ramps up on listed companies’ corporate governance

June 2012 - Intellectual Property. Legal Developments by ATMD Bird & Bird LLP .

More articles by this firm.

On 2 May 2012, the Monetary Authority of Singapore (“MAS”) accepted all recommendations made by the Corporate Governance Council (“Council”) on the Code of Corporate Governance (“Code”), and issued the revised Code of Corporate Governance.

Corporate Finance SGX clarifies internal control sign offs by the board of directors of listed compa

June 2012 - Intellectual Property. Legal Developments by ATMD Bird & Bird LLP .

More articles by this firm.

On 14 September 2011, the Singapore Exchange Securities Trading Limited (“SGX”) announced amendments to listing rules to strengthen corporate governance practices and foster greater corporate disclosure.

gTLDs Update: Implications for Trade Mark Owners

May 2012 - Intellectual Property. Legal Developments by ATMD Bird & Bird LLP .

More articles by this firm.

There are currently only 22 generic top level domains (gTLDs) in the world. A top level domain is the last part of a domain name (e.g. .com).

Bad faith established

May 2012 - Intellectual Property. Legal Developments by ATMD Bird & Bird LLP .

More articles by this firm.

In P.T. Swakarya Indah Busana v Haniffa Pte Ltd and another [2012] SGHC 69, the Plaintiff sought to invalidate the Defendants’ 15 “Martin” formative trade marks (“the Challenged marks”) on grounds that the marks were registered in bad faith (section 7(6) read with section 23(1) of the Trade Marks Act (the “Act”), and that there was fraud in the registrations or the registrations were obtained by misrepresentation (section 23(4) of the Act).

Finders are not always keepers

May 2012 - Intellectual Property. Legal Developments by ATMD Bird & Bird LLP .

More articles by this firm.

The recent decision of the Singapore High Court (“the Court”) in the appeal of Wong Seng Kwan v Public Prosecutor [2012] SGHC 81 (“Wong”) clarifies the law relating to the obligations of a person who finds lost property (“a Finder”).

The invocation of a civil penalty enforcement action

May 2012 - Intellectual Property. Legal Developments by ATMD Bird & Bird LLP .

More articles by this firm.

On 11 April 2012, The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) announced that it took a civil penalty enforcement action against Mr Lau Kee Swan for contravening section 201(b) of the Securities and Futures Act (SFA), which prohibits the employment of manipulative and deceptive devices in connection with the subscription, purchase or sale of securities.

Dual currency trading on the SGX

May 2012 - Intellectual Property. Legal Developments by ATMD Bird & Bird LLP .

More articles by this firm.

On 22 March 2012, the Singapore Exchange (SGX) introduced dual currency trading which enables listed securities to be traded in two different currencies.

Singapore High Court clarifies when patent validity may be challenged

April 2012 - Intellectual Property. Legal Developments by ATMD Bird & Bird LLP .

More articles by this firm.

By Oh Pin-Ping

In Astrazeneca AB v Ranbaxy (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd [2012] SGHC 7, the Singapore High Court clarified the operation of s. 82 of the Patents Act (“the Act”), which provides for the circumstances in which the validity of a patent may be put in issue. 

Tax update - Singapore Budget 2012

April 2012 - Intellectual Property. Legal Developments by ATMD Bird & Bird LLP .

More articles by this firm.

The tax practice at ATMD Bird & Bird LLP provides you the highlights of significant tax changes for businesses in the 2012 Budget delivered by Deputy Prime Minister & Finance Minister Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam on Friday 17 February 2012.

AstraZeneca AB (SE) v Sanofi-Aventis Singapore Pte Ltd [2012] SGHC 16

April 2012 - Intellectual Property. Legal Developments by ATMD Bird & Bird LLP .

More articles by this firm.

By Edmund Kok

On 19 January 2012, the Singapore High Court granted judgment in favour of AstraZeneca AB (SE) (“AstraZeneca”) against Sanofi-Aventis Singapore Pte Ltd (“Sanofi-Aventis”), dismissing Sanofi-Aventis’ claim that AstraZeneca’s Statement of Claim be struck out and wholly dismissed. 

Correction of an irregularity in respect of time – what is the extent of the Registrar’s discret

April 2012 - Intellectual Property. Legal Developments by ATMD Bird & Bird LLP .

More articles by this firm.

By Lorraine Tay

Choice Fortune Holdings Ltd v Seiko Holdings Kabushiki Kaisha [2011] SGIPOS 20 (“Choice Fortune”) The Applicant’s mark was advertised for opposition on 19 August 2011. 

Challenging the validity of patents and patent claims not asserted in the infringement action

March 2012 - Intellectual Property. Legal Developments by ATMD Bird & Bird LLP .

More articles by this firm.

By Tiong Hou Yuen

The validity of patents is often challenged by Defendants in patent infringement actions. In Astrazeneca AB v Ranbaxy (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd [2012] SGHC 7 the Plaintiff brought an action for a declaration that the Defendant’s intended importation of certain pharmaceutical products would infringe specific claims of the Plaintiff’s Singapore Patent No. 49283 (“SG49283”). 

Amendments to the Evidence Act

March 2012 - Intellectual Property. Legal Developments by ATMD Bird & Bird LLP .

More articles by this firm.

By Vincent Wong

The Evidence Act (Chapter 97) (the “Act”) which was first enacted in 1893 when Singapore was part of the Straits Settlement will undergo another round of substantive amendments. 

Electricity imports for Singapore?

February 2012 - Intellectual Property. Legal Developments by ATMD Bird & Bird LLP .

More articles by this firm.

By Sandra Seah

Singapore’s demand for natural gas, which currently fuels 80 per cent of its electricity needs, is expected to soon exceed supply. 

Withholding tax on payments for IP

February 2012 - Intellectual Property. Legal Developments by ATMD Bird & Bird LLP .

More articles by this firm.

By S. Sharma

Payments for intellectual property (IP) can attract various tax consequences. Both payers and recipients of such payments need to manage their tax affairs.

Proposed changes to Singapore Patents Act

February 2012 - Intellectual Property. Legal Developments by ATMD Bird & Bird LLP .

More articles by this firm.

By Lionel Ser

On 10 January 2012, the Singapore Patent Office published a Public Consultation on proposed changes to the Patents Act,

Mediation of Trade Mark Disputes in Singapore

February 2012 - Intellectual Property. Legal Developments by ATMD Bird & Bird LLP .

More articles by this firm.

By Alban Kang

Trade mark disputes may now be settled through mediation at the WIPO Center Office in Singapore.

Proposed consumer data protection regime for Singapore

January 2012 - TMT ( Technology, Media & Telecoms). Legal Developments by ATMD Bird & Bird LLP .

More articles by this firm.

On 13 September 2011, the Singapore Government released a public consultation paper on the proposed introduction of a consumer Data Protection (DP) regime in Singapore.

The restraint of trade doctrine does not apply to forfeiture-for-competition clauses

January 2012 - EU & Competition. Legal Developments by ATMD Bird & Bird LLP .

More articles by this firm.

By Venisha Lakshmi Nair

In the recent case of Mano Vikrant Singh v Cargill TSF Asia Pte Ltd [2011] SGHC 241, the High Court held that a clause in an employee incentive award plan which forfeits deferred incentive payments if the employee resigns and joins a competitor is not a restraint of trade.

New WIPO-IPOS mediation option for trade mark disputes

January 2012 - Intellectual Property. Legal Developments by ATMD Bird & Bird LLP .

More articles by this firm.

By Deryne Sim

Starting from 3 January 2012, parties to trade mark opposition, invalidation and revocation proceedings before the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (“IPOS”) may resolve their disputes through mediation under the World Intellectual Property Organization (“WIPO”) Rules, as administered by the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center in Singapore. 

Greening of buildings in Singapore

January 2012 - Real Estate & Property. Legal Developments by ATMD Bird & Bird LLP .

More articles by this firm.

By Sandra Seah and Tony Quek

Developers and Owners Environmental sustainability is now a key criteria in the assessment of a building’s credentials. Due to the ongoing efforts of governmental agencies such as Building & Construction Authority (BCA) and National Environment Agency (NEA), more energy efficient and innovative buildings are being constructed in Singapore. 

The importance of adhering to timelines in trade mark opposition proceedings

December 2011 - Intellectual Property. Legal Developments by ATMD Bird & Bird LLP .

More articles by this firm.

By Arthur Yap

Trade mark oppositions, like any court proceeding, are governed by well-defined procedural rules that are designed to promote certainty, transparency and the expeditious disposal of disputes.

A shift from a self assessing patent regime a distinct possibility?

December 2011 - Intellectual Property. Legal Developments by ATMD Bird & Bird LLP .

More articles by this firm.

By Howard Yap

Singapore’s existing patent system is a self-assessing one, in that a patent grant will not be refused on the ground that the invention is assessed to be not patentable.

Singapore High Court finds ‘Nutella’ to be well known in Singapore

December 2011 - Intellectual Property. Legal Developments by ATMD Bird & Bird LLP .

More articles by this firm.

By Joyce Ang

Ferrero SPA (“Ferrero”) is the proprietor of various registered “Nutella” trade marks (including the “NUTELLA” word mark and the composite “nutella and device” mark) in Singapore (collectively referred to as the “‘Nutella’ marks”). Sarika runs The Connoisseur Concerto café outlets in Singapore. Sarika had used the name ‘Nutello’ on its drinks menu.

The Intellectual Property Office of Singapore(IPOS) announces new official fees from 1 December 2011

November 2011 - Intellectual Property. Legal Developments by ATMD Bird & Bird LLP .

More articles by this firm.

IPOS have announced increases to their official fees. We highlight some of the key fee changes below.

Ten interesting facts about patents in Singapore

November 2011 - Intellectual Property. Legal Developments by ATMD Bird & Bird LLP .

More articles by this firm.

Singapore patent filings are dominated by foreign entities. Over the past ten years, on average, more than 90% of Singapore patent applications filings were initiated by foreign entities.

Regulating our green future

November 2011 - Projects, Energy & Natural Resources . Legal Developments by ATMD Bird & Bird LLP .

More articles by this firm.

Despite its small land area and lack of natural resources, Singapore has made great strides in mitigating greenhouse gas emissions and improving energy efficiency.

Filing of proprietor’s evidence of use in trade mark revocations

September 2011 - Intellectual Property. Legal Developments by ATMD Bird & Bird LLP .

More articles by this firm.

The Hearing and Mediation Division of the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (“IPOS”) has recently issued a Circular relating to the filing of evidence of non-use in trade mark revocation proceedings and the proprietor’s obligation to file evidence.

Singapore High Court clarifies the “article” element of copyright offences

September 2011 - Intellectual Property. Legal Developments by ATMD Bird & Bird LLP .

More articles by this firm.

S. 136 of the Singapore Copyright Act (Cap. 63) (the “Act”) makes it an offence to trade in “any article” which the offender “knows, or ought reasonably to know, to be an infringing copy of the work”.

Singapore High Court restores revoked patent

September 2011 - Intellectual Property. Legal Developments by ATMD Bird & Bird LLP .

More articles by this firm.

On 29 March 2011, the Singapore High Court granted judgment1 in favour of Martek Biosciences Corporation (“Martek”) against Cargill International Trading Pte Ltd (“Cargill”), restoring Martek’s patent that was earlier revoked2 and dismissing Cargill’s claim that Martek’s patent is invalid.

ATMD Bird & Bird Pulse Newsletter Singapore, August 2011

September 2011 - Corporate & Commercial. Legal Developments by ATMD Bird & Bird LLP .

More articles by this firm.

Contents

Making claims against financial
institutions – Some guidance from
the Court of Appeal 1
Purchaser of multiple properties saves
more than S$400,000 in stamp duty 2
The bright-line test for novelty not so
bright anymore? 3

National Wage Council Guidelines 2010/2011

September 2011 - Employment. Legal Developments by ATMD Bird & Bird LLP .

More articles by this firm.

The National Wage Council ("NWC") is a tripartite body comprising representatives from employers, trade unions and Government. The NWC develops a national consensus on wage and wage-related matters and issues guidelines on these matters every year.

International arbitration in Singapore

September 2011 - Litigation & Dispute Resolution. Legal Developments by ATMD Bird & Bird LLP .

More articles by this firm.

There are two arbitration regimes in Singapore; 'domestic' arbitrations governed by the Arbitration Act 2002 (Cap.10, 2002 Rev.Ed.) and 'international' arbitrations governed by the International Arbitration Act (Cap. 143A, 2002 Rev.Ed.).  This article will discuss the international arbitration system.

 

Singapore

September 2011 - Corporate & Commercial. Legal Developments by ATMD Bird & Bird LLP .

More articles by this firm.

Singapore has a reputation for being one of the most corruption-free countries in the world. In the Doing Business 2010 Report ("the Report") issued by the World Bank, Singapore was ranked as the easiest place in the world to conduct business, and was ranked fourth in the world and first in Asia for having the least corruption in its economy.

Infringing Use of a Trade Mark in Singapore

August 2011 - Intellectual Property. Legal Developments by ATMD Bird & Bird LLP .

More articles by this firm.

In the recent decision of City Chain Stores (S) Pte Ltd v. Louis Vuitton Malletier [2009] SGCA 53 (“City Chain v LVMH”), the Singapore Court of Appeal (“Court”) considered the issue of the types of use of a trade mark that would constitute an infringement of a registered trade mark under the Singapore Trade Marks Act (“the Act”).

British Man imprisoned in ‘Operation Singapore’ investigation

June 2011 - Intellectual Property. Legal Developments by ATMD Bird & Bird LLP .

More articles by this firm.

Written by Tim Harris

The UK MHRA’s ‘Operation Singapore’ investigation into the infiltration of counterfeit medicine into the UK’s supply chain during five months in 2007 has concluded with a British man being sentenced to eight years imprisonment. 

Division of matrimonial assets: all about feel and the Court’s sense of justice

May 2011 - Corporate & Commercial. Legal Developments by ATMD Bird & Bird LLP .

More articles by this firm.

In what the Singapore Court of Appeal termed as the longest marriage to come before the courts in recent years, it clarified two important issues in the division of matrimonial assets, namely, the “cut-off date” for determining matrimonial assets and the approach to be taken in the division of matrimonial assets.

Singapore Budget 2011 – Enhancement of the Productivity and Innovation Credit scheme

April 2011 - Intellectual Property. Legal Developments by ATMD Bird & Bird LLP .

More articles by this firm.

In the November 2010 issue of IP Pulse (Singapore), we reported on the Productivity and Innovation Credit (“PIC”) scheme announced by the Singapore Government in Budget 2010. (See “New tax deductions for intellectual property related expenses” by S. Sharma & Huang Wenshan)

 

Tax Update – Singapore Budget 2011

March 2011 - Tax & Private Client. Legal Developments by ATMD Bird & Bird LLP .

More articles by this firm.

The tax practice at ATMD Bird & Bird LLP provides you the highlights of significant tax changes for businesses in the 2011 Budget delivered by Singapore’s Finance Minister on Friday 18 February 2011.

Tax breaks for F&B industry in Singapore

February 2011 - Tax & Private Client. Legal Developments by ATMD Bird & Bird LLP .

More articles by this firm.

Currently, companies doing business in Singapore pay income tax at the corporate tax rate of 17%, effective from Year of Assessment 2010. Partial tax exemptions of 75% of the first S$10,000 of chargeable income and of a further 50% on the next S$290,000 of chargeable income, provide for tax exemption of S$152,500 on the first S$300,000 of a company’s chargeable income. Companies can achieve more tax savings under specific tax regimes.

Overview of taxation in Singapore

December 2010 - Tax & Private Client. Legal Developments by ATMD Bird & Bird LLP .

More articles by this firm.

This article provides an overview of income tax, goods and services tax and stamp duties in Singapore. The main inland taxes in Singapore are income tax, GST, property tax and stamp duties. These taxes are administered by the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (IRAS) as agent of the Government.

Fast track to patent revocation in Singapore?

November 2010 - Intellectual Property. Legal Developments by ATMD Bird & Bird LLP .

More articles by this firm.

The Singapore Patents Act (SPA) conveniently provides applicants with a choice of patent prosecution procedures to obtain a grant of a patent. The options available are generally referred to as slow track or fast track options.

Pulse newsletter: August 2010

August 2010 - Corporate & Commercial. Legal Developments by ATMD Bird & Bird LLP .

More articles by this firm.

(1) Plea of mistake succeeds in the District Court (2) Business methods patentable in US? (3) Latest edition of Primary Rules for Arbitrations conducted at SIAC (4)

Developing an effective patent portfolio strategy

July 2010 - Intellectual Property. Legal Developments by ATMD Bird & Bird LLP .

More articles by this firm.

Patents have a significant influence on a company’s success. But simply filing patents is not enough. A comprehensive, well developed patent strategy is critical for success.

Valentino Globe loses in Court of Appeal

July 2010 - Intellectual Property. Legal Developments by ATMD Bird & Bird LLP .

More articles by this firm.

In the recent decision of Valentino Globe BV v Pacific Rim Industries Inc [2010] SGCA 14, the Singapore Court of Appeal affirmed the decision of the High Court in rejecting Valentino Globe BV’s (the “Appellant”) opposition to Pacific Rim Industries’ (the “Respondent”) application for the registration of its “Emilio Valentino & V Device” mark in Class 18.

Protection of well known trade marks in Singapore

June 2010 - Intellectual Property. Legal Developments by ATMD Bird & Bird LLP .

More articles by this firm.

The information in this article is provided subject to our terms and conditions of use.

Service of Originating Process on Companies in Singapore – A New Development?

June 2010 - Corporate & Commercial. Legal Developments by ATMD Bird & Bird LLP .

More articles by this firm.

In Singapore, it is the accepted practice for an originating process to be served on a company without solicitors on record by leaving the document at, or sending it by registered post to, the company’s registered office.

Post-Copenhagen – Where is Singapore heading?

June 2010 - Corporate & Commercial. Legal Developments by ATMD Bird & Bird LLP .

More articles by this firm.

Despite the disappointing outcome of the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference, where no legally binding outcome was reached, and where no real targets to achieve emissions reductions were set, Singapore has proactively continued with the implementation of its Sustainable Singapore Blueprint (“Blueprint”) which aims to achieve a 7% to 11% reduction of greenhouse gas emissions below Business-As-Usual (BAU) scenario by 2020.

PCT and Patent Prosecution Highways

June 2010 - Intellectual Property. Legal Developments by ATMD Bird & Bird LLP .

More articles by this firm.

The Patent Corporation Treaty (PCT) has been a popular choice among patent applicants who wish to file patent applications in numerous countries as it allows patentees a single international patent application applicable to 141 countries. However, the application can only be granted by a local patent office after the international application enters the national phase in each country. Although the PCT application is examined by an International Search or Preliminary Examining Authority (ISA or IPEA) during the International Phase, most patent offices conduct their own examination at the national phase. Despite this, applicants choose the PCT as it reduces considerably the amount of time and money spent in filing a patent application in each country.

Outsourcing of Patent Search and Examination

June 2010 - Intellectual Property. Legal Developments by ATMD Bird & Bird LLP .

More articles by this firm.

One of the lesser known facts about the Singapore patent system is that the search and examination of Singapore patent applications is not conducted by the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS). Instead, this important task has been contracted out to foreign Patent Offices, namely the Australian, Austrian, Danish and Hungarian Patent Offices.

ENCOURAGING THE RE-EMPLOYMENT OF OLDER EMPLOYEES IN SINGAPORE

June 2010 - Employment. Legal Developments by ATMD Bird & Bird LLP .

More articles by this firm.

As part of a continued effort to address the issue of Singapore’s rapidly ageing population, the Ministry of Manpower recently released an updated set of Tripartite Guidelines for Reemployment of Older Employees (“Guidelines”) on 11 March 2010. The Guidelines supersede an earlier set of guidelines introduced in April 2008, and was finalised after one month of public consultation.

Bad Faith in trade mark invalidation actions

June 2010 - Intellectual Property. Legal Developments by ATMD Bird & Bird LLP .

More articles by this firm.

The decision of the Singapore High Court (“SGHC”) in PT Swarkarya Indah Busana v Dhan International Exim Pte Ltd [2009] SGHC 280 brings out key considerations in determining whether a trade mark has been registered in bad faith.

Amendments to Companies Act Nat

June 2010 - Corporate & Commercial. Legal Developments by ATMD Bird & Bird LLP .

More articles by this firm.

Companies Act: Enhancing Shareholder Rights

International arbitration in Singapore

May 2010 - Litigation & Dispute Resolution. Legal Developments by ATMD Bird & Bird LLP .

More articles by this firm.

The information in this article is provided subject to our terms and conditions of use.

01.05.10 - Boey Swee Siang - Naresh Mahtani

There are two arbitration regimes in Singapore; 'domestic' arbitrations governed by the Arbitration Act 2002 (Cap.10, 2002 Rev.Ed.) and 'international' arbitrations governed by the International Arbitration Act (Cap. 143A, 2002 Rev.Ed.).  This article will discuss the international arbitration system.

Singapore - News Flash

April 2010 - TMT ( Technology, Media & Telecoms). Legal Developments by ATMD Bird & Bird LLP .

More articles by this firm.

The information in this article is provided subject to our terms and conditions of use.

IP Pulse

April 2010 - Intellectual Property. Legal Developments by ATMD Bird & Bird LLP .

More articles by this firm.

Patent Prosecution Highway Pilot Programme The one-year IPOS*-USPTO pilot programme, which commenced on 2 February 2009, has been extended to allow both offices to obtain more information from the programme to better assess the feasibility of the programme. Applicants are able to continue to make use of the programme during the extended period. Briefly, the purpose of the programme is to accelerate the processing of patent applications in one patent office by making use of the search and examination result of corresponding patent applications conducted by the other patent office.

Corporate Social Responsibilities (CSR): the green way forward

April 2010 - Projects, Energy & Natural Resources . Legal Developments by ATMD Bird & Bird LLP .

More articles by this firm.

Just as extreme weather, flooding and altered habitats are heralding the potentially devastating effects of climate change, increasingly stringent governmental intervention and acute public interest harbinger the corporate environment in which a business will have to operate in the near future. This article examines some of the regulatory and policy trends which may potentially impact on an enterprise with Singapore operations and offer suggestions on particular practices which an enterprise may consider implementing to stay ahead of the curve.