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MyCC Guidelines on Intellectual Property Rights and Competition Law

These Guidelines by the Malaysia Competition Commission aims to resolve problems encountered with respect to any competition issues under the Competition Act 2010 relating to Intellectual Property.

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Communications Stop Order a big step to prevent Information Leaks

The new Public Order and Safety (Special Powers) Bill, which includes the controversial Communications Stop Order which can be triggered during serious or emergency incidents such as a terrorist attack, was passed by the House.
Date: 11 April 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch

Courts (Singapore) Pte Ltd v Big Box Corporation Pte Ltd

Trade Marks and Trade Names - Invalidity; Trade Marks and Trade Names - Registration criteria - Distinctiveness

Date: 05 April 2018; Court: High Court; Citation: [2018] SGHC 81; Source: Singapore Law Watch

New Rules clear way for Use of In-facing Cams in Cabs

The Personal Data Protection Commission and the Land Transport Authority have developed a guideline that will enable the drivers to insist on the use of inward-facing video cameras.
Date: 10 April 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch

Lee Tat Cheng v Maka GPS Technologies Pte Ltd

Patents and Inventions - Infringement; Patents and Inventions - Groundless threat

Date: 06 April 2018; Court: Court of Appeal; Citation: [2018] SGCA 18; Source: Singapore Law Watch

Retail Giant Courts loses 'Big Box' Trademark Fight

The High Court has dismissed an appeal by 'Courts', a retail giant, which applied to remove the use of the alleged trademark of theirs called "big box" by a warehouse retail mall in Jurong.
Date: 07 April 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch

Bridgestone vs Deestone: Thai Tyre Maker allowed to keep Brand Name

Thai tyre maker Deestone was allowed to retain its namesake brand by the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore, after an application by the Japanese tyre manufacturer Bridgestone Corporation, alleging a violation of Singapore Trade Marks Act was dismissed.
Date: 03 April 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch

Deestone Limited v Bridgestone Corporation and Bridgestone Licensing Services Inc

Trademark - Application - Opposition

Date: 27 March 2018; Court: IPO Singapore; Citation: [2018] SGIPOS 5; Source: Singapore Law Watch

Grassland Xiao Fei Yang Pte Ltd v Inner Mongolia Little Sheep Catering Chain Co Ltd

Trademark - Application to have a registered trademark declared invalid

Date: 27 March 2018; Court: IPO Singapore; Citation: [2018] SGIPOS 6; Source: Singapore Law Watch

Personal Data Protection (Statutory Bodies) (Amendment) Notification 2018

This Notification comes into operation on 1 April 2018.
Date: 29 March 2018; Type: Federal Subsidiary Legislation; Citation: No. S 188; Source: Singapore Statutes Online

Anti-Fake News Bill: Jail amended to Six years from Ten Years

KUALA LUMPUR, Mar 29 (Bernama) - The proposed 10 years jail sentence provided for under the Anti-Fake News Bill 2018 will be amended to six years. Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said said the amendment for offences under Clause 4 and 5 of the bill was made by the government after considering the views of ...
Date: 29 March 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

How new EU Data Protection Law will impact Singapore Firms

This article by Brian Fletcher describes how the new European Union General Data Protection Regulation which is scheduled to take effect on May 2018 is going to impact firms in Singapore.
Date: 28 March 2018; Type: Media Article; Author: Brian Fletcher; Source: Singapore Law Watch

National Privacy Commission summons Grab over Uber Acquisition

MANILA, Mar 28 (PNA) - The National Privacy Commission (NPC) will summon officials of ridesharing company Grab Philippines next week to explain the impact of its recent acquisition of the Southeast Asian operations of its corporate rival Uber on the personal data of drivers and riders in the country.
Date: 28 March 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Anti-Fake News Law: No qualms for the Innocent

KUALA LUMPUR, Mar 27 (Bernama) - The Anti-Fake News Act 2108 is aimed at protecting the people from being victims of false news, according to Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak.
Date: 27 March 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

FAQ on Anti-Fake News Bill 2018

KUALA LUMPUR, Mar 26 (Bernama) - Following is a list of FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) and Answers on the Anti-Fake News Bill 2018 issued today by the Office of the Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said.
Date: 26 March 2018; Type: Media Article; Source: Bernama

Ministry launches Application to support e-Procurement

Jakarta, Feb 26 (ANTARA News) - Indonesia's Finance Ministry has launched a software application to support the procurement of goods and services in a bid to streamline business processes for its users.

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Ministry to bolster Trademark Protection

All commodities produced in Laos will have a trademark under the Madrid Protocol, to create econom mic opportunities and help raise the standard of trade in the country. The Madrid system (officially the Madrid system fo ...

Seek Permission before flying your Drone, Ministry warns NA Members press Government to review Intellectual Property Policy New Law to promote, control Technology Transfer more

MyCC Guidelines on Intellectual Property Rights and Competition Law

These Guidelines by the Malaysia Competition Commission aims to resolve problems encountered with respect to any competition issues under the Competition Act 2010 relating to Intellectual Property.

Anti-Fake News Bill: Jail amended to Six years from Ten Years Anti-Fake News Law: No qualms for the Innocent FAQ on Anti-Fake News Bill 2018 more

Myanmar, Swiss Businesses discuss Need for IP, Investment Protection

Members of the local and Swiss business community discussed issues pertaining to Intellectual Property (IP) and investment protection community at the Myanmar-Switzerland Business Dialogue held Tuesday in Yangon.

Heftier Fines proposed for Illegal Video Copying Myanmar backslides on Freedom of Expression: Digital Rights Stakeholders Court allows Case to proceed against Tanintharyi Weekly more

National Privacy Commission summons Grab over Uber Acquisition

MANILA, Mar 28 (PNA) - The National Privacy Commission (NPC) will summon officials of ridesharing company Grab Philippines next week to explain the impact of its recent acquisition of the Southeast Asian operations of it ...

House tweaks “Casino Ban Act of 2016” House Plenary to take up Bill against Spam Messages Law on Fake News singling out Government Workers unconstitutional: Roque more

Communications Stop Order a big step to prevent Information Leaks

The new Public Order and Safety (Special Powers) Bill, which includes the controversial Communications Stop Order which can be triggered during serious or emergency incidents such as a terrorist attack, was passed b ...

Courts (Singapore) Pte Ltd v Big Box Corporation Pte Ltd New Rules clear way for Use of In-facing Cams in Cabs Lee Tat Cheng v Maka GPS Technologies Pte Ltd more

Administrative Court rules in favor of Thai TV Co

BANGKOK, Mar 14 (NNT) - The Administrative Court has allowed Thai TV Co to relinquish its digital licenses due to the National Broadcasting Telecommunication Communication's (NBTC) failure to expedite the transformation ...

Drones to be registered by 9 January or Owners face Legal Penalty: NBTC Cabinet gives Green Light to Smart Visa Project New Patent Act provides Transparency, supports International Agreement more

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CCCS clears Proposed Merger between Essilor and Luxottica

The Competition and Consumer Commission of Singapore (“CCCS”) has issued a clearance decision on the proposed merger between Essilor International (Compagnie Generale d’Optique) S.A (“Essilor”) and Luxottica Group, S.p.A. (“Luxottica”) (collectively “Parties”). CCCS has concluded that the merger, if carried into effect, will not infringe the section 54 prohibition of the Competition Act (Cap. 50B).

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House and Senate successfully hold “Sports Dual Meet 2018”

The House of Representatives and the Senate on Thursday successfully held their second congressional sports invitational tournament dubbed “Sports Dual Meet 2018” at the House Sports Complex in Batasan Hills, Quezon City.

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President Joko Widodo to attend ASEAN Summit in Singapore

Jakarta Apr 20 (ANTARA News) - President Joko Widodo will attend the the 32nd Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Singapore on April 27-28, 2018.

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Police probes Facebook over Data Privacy Violation

Jakarta, Apr 19 (ANTARA News) - The National Police is currently investigating third-party applications on Facebook that have allegedly violated the data privacy of users, an official stated here on Thursday.

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Lawyer claims Trial to CBT of more than RM100,000

GEORGE TOWN, Apr 20 (Bernama) - A lawyer pleaded not guilty in the Sessions Court here today to criminal breach of trust involving more than RM100,000.

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IRBM confirms having issued Letters to International Schools

KUALA LUMPUR, Apr 19 (Bernama) - The Inland Revenue Board of Malaysia (IRBM) today confirmed that it had recently issued letters to the management of several international schools, here.

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Role of In-house Lawyers must evolve, says Judge

In an event that unveiled a study of local general counsel by the Singapore Corporate Counsel Association and global law firm CMS, Judge of Appeal Steven Chong has given in-house counsel several pointers on what they need to do in their evolving role.

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Passenger-Facing Cameras: encrypt Recordings and restrict Access

The new rule that allows the cab and private-hire car drivers to install infacing cameras should not threaten the passenger privacy according to customer feedback.

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Cabinet confirms Appointment of New Permanent Secretary of Finance

BANGKOK, Apr 18 (NNT) - The Cabinet has officially confirmed the appointment of the new Permanent Secretary of the Finance Ministry.

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Thailand preparing to host 12th ASEAN Skills Competition

BANGKOK, Apr 18 (NNT) - Thailand is making preparations to host the 12th ASEAN Skills Competition, the objective of which is to urge adolescents and workers in the region to be enthusiastic about developing their skills in line with new technology.

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Government pardons nearly 8500 Prisoners, including Student Activists’ Killer

The Presidential Office announced on Tuesday that 8541 prisoners, including 51 foreigners, were released from prisons across the country.

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Tax Exemption on Mega Projects given since 1980s - Customs DG

PUTRAJAYA, Apr 19 (Bernama) - Tax exemptions have been awarded to several large projects owned by the Government since the 1980s, and the issue of waiving the Goods and Services Tax (GST) for procurement of materials and services related to the East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) project should not be played up, said Customs Director-General Datuk Seri Subromaniam Tholasy.

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GST Compliance good, says Customs Department

KUALA LUMPUR, Apr 18 (Bernama) - The Goods and Services Tax (GST) compliance in Malaysia is good even though there is still a need to continue to promote tax education.

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Illegal OFWs in Kuwait have until Thursday to avail of Amnesty Program

KUWAIT, Apr 18 (PNA) - Philippine Ambassador to Kuwait Renato Villa has announced that the Kuwaiti Department of Immigration under the Ministry of Interior has officially declared Thursday (April 19) as the last day for Filipinos to file their application for the amnesty program set to expire on April 22.

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Indonesia, Vietnam discuss Cooperation in Fisheries and Maritime Affairs

Jakarta Apr 18 (ANTARA News) - Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi discussed cooperation in maritime affairs and fisheries with her Vietnamese counterpart, Pham Bihn Mihn, during the third joint commission meeting between the two countries.

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