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'Future-proofing' Singapore's Copyright Act

Proposed revamp seeks to ensure law is flexible enough to protect creative people and society in years to come and in the face of change.
Date: 01 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch

Singapore grants First Accelerated FinTech Patent through IPOS’ FinTech Fast Track Initiative

Singapore, Dec 6 - The Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS) has granted the first accelerated patent under its FinTech Fast Track initiative (金融科技专利优速) to Voyager Innovations, a technology company based in ASEAN. While patent grants typically take at least two to four years, and in many cases even longer, the fast track patent granted t ...
Date: 06 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Intellectual Property Office of Singapore

Singapore gets Boost as IP Hub for Innovative Russian Enterprises

Singapore, Nov 14 - Innovation-driven enterprises from Russia will soon be able to scale up and gain greater access to high growth market opportunities in Asia through Singapore. Singapore Senior Minister of State for Trade & Industry, Dr Koh Poh Koon, and Russian Deputy Prime Minister, Maxim Akimov, has witnessed the exchange of a Memorandum o ...
Date: 14 November 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Intellectual Property Office of Singapore

IPOS Assistant Chief Executive speaks at INTA Asia-Pacific Conference

Assistant Chief Executive Mr Ng Kok Wan spoke at the International Trademark Association (INTA) Asia-Pacific Conference 2018, which took place on 11 Oct in Sydney, Australia.
Date: 11 October 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Intellectual Property Office of Singapore

Update to Patents Formalities Manual

IPOS has updated the Patents Formalities Manual to include the latest practices that are in line with legislative amendments and changes to patents processes. The update aims to provide better guidance for Singapore’s innovators on their patent applications and support them on their innovation journey.
Date: 01 August 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Intellectual Property Office of Singapore

Furthering Bilateral Ties with Japan Patent Office

IPOS Assistant Chief Executive Mr Ng Kok Wan led a delegation to Japan Patent Office (JPO) from 26-31 May 2018 to further bilateral relationship between both IP offices.
Date: 07 June 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Intellectual Property Office of Singapore

New IP Adjudicators appointed from 1 April 2018

IPOS hosted a luncheon on Wednesday, 11 April, to thank the IP Adjudicators panel and welcome new members on board.
Date: 27 April 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Intellectual Property Office of Singapore

Singapore passes New Act to allow Temporary Communication Shut Off at 'Serious Incident' Vicinity

SINGAPORE, Mar 21 (Bernama) - Singapore now has an act which can stop the public from making or communicating films or pictures; text or audio messages about law enforcement operations in a 'serious incident'. Its parliament today passed the Public Order and Safety (Special Powers) Bill 2018 or POSSP Bill at its second reading. In Parliament, ...
Date: 21 March 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Registered Designs changes from 30 October

Date: 30 October 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Intellectual Property Office of Singapore

Patents and Designs Legislative Amendments to enter into force on 30 October 2017

As part of IPOS’ effort to provide a fit-for-purpose legal and policy framework to support innovative individuals and businesses, the Patents (Amendment) Act 2017 and the Patents (Amendment No.2) Rules 2017 will enter into force on 30 Oct 2017.
Date: 12 October 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Intellectual Property Office of Singapore

Government to consider New Legislation for ICOs if necessary, says Deputy Prime Minister

Deputy Prime Minister has said that the government will continue to monitor developments of Initial Coin Offerings and will consider targeted legislation if necessary.
Date: 02 October 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Monetary Authority of Singapore

Bill on Public Sector Data to be tabled in Parliament Next Year

Government agencies may soon be required to release more of their collected data to the public, under a new public sector data Bill to be tabled in Parliament next year. Deputy Chief Executive of the Government Technology Office (GovTech) Chan Cheow Hoe revealed this on Thursday (Sep 21) while speaking during a fireside chat at The Arts House ...
Date: 22 September 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Government of Singapore

Amendments to the Computer Misuse and Cybersecurity Act takes Effect

The amendments to the Computer Misuse and Cybersecurity Act (CMCA), which were passed in Parliament on 3 April 2017, has taken effect from 1 June 2017. These amendments will tackle the increasing scale and transnational nature of cybercrime, as well as the evolving tactics of cybercriminals.
Date: 01 June 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Ministry of Home Affairs

Legislative Changes introduced to update Singapore’s Registered Designs Regime

The Ministry of Law (MinLaw) has tabled the Registered Designs (Amendment) Bill for First Reading in Parliament today. The proposed legislative changes will update Singapore’s design protection regime to take into account latest trends in design and technology. It will support the growth of the design industry by making it easier for designer ...
Date: 03 April 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Ministry of Law

Computer Misuse and Cybersecurity (Amendment) Bill introduced

The Computer Misuse and Cybersecurity (Amendment) Bill was introduced for First Reading in Parliament today. The Computer Misuse Act (CMA) was enacted in 1993 to criminalise unauthorised access or modification of computer material, and other computer crimes. The Act was amended twice between 1994 and 2012 to, amongst other things, introduce ne ...
Date: 09 March 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Ministry of Home Affairs

Singapore reduces Filing Fees for IP Protection from April 1

SINGAPORE, Feb 1 (Bernama) - Businesses and entrepreneurs will enjoy substantial cost savings when they file for patent and trade mark protection with the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS) through lowered application fees, effective April 1, 2017.
Date: 01 February 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

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Justice Ministry: US Claims ‘baseless’

The Ministry of Justice on Tuesday reacted to recent “baseless” claims by the US Embassy in Phnom Penh regarding the case of former opposition leader Kem Sokha, urging the embassy to stop spreading misinformation regarding the implementation of the law in Cambodia.

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Court adjourns Tony Pua's Appeal against Interim Injunction over RUU355 Video Clip

PUTRAJAYA, Feb 20 (Bernama) - The Federal Court today adjourned the appeal hearing by Damansara Member of Parliament Tony Pua Kiam Wee against an interim injunction order over his alleged video clip relating to the tabling of Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) (Amendment) Bill 2016 or RUU355.

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DOJ urged to Act on Murder Raps vs PNP Men in Lawyer's Death

MANILA, Feb 19 (PNA) - A former Cebu City councilor asked the Department of Justice (DOJ) Monday to charge policemen implicated in the killing of his brother, lawyer Noel Archival, five years ago.

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Laos, Japan celebrate 20 Years of Legal, Judicial Cooperation

The Lao and Japanese governments have highlighted 20 years of achievement in cooperation to strengthen the legal and judicial sectors in Laos, especially with regard to human resource development.

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Sarawak Lawyers wants Government to set up RCI over Judge Allegations

MIRI, Feb 19 (Bernama) - The Advocates Association of Sarawak (AAS) has proposed to the government to set up a Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) over the allegation of judicial interference in the affidavit made by a sitting Court of Appeal judge Datuk Dr Hamid Sultan Abu Backer recently.

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MACC meets Judge Hamid Sultan over 63-Page Affidavit

PUTRAJAYA, Feb 18 (Bernama) - The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) today met with Court of Appeal judge Datuk Dr Hamid Sultan Abu Baker over his recent 63-page affidavit, filed last week, on allegations of judicial interference.

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CBM headed in Right Direction, Bank Development expected: Experts

The Central Bank of Myanmar (CBM) has begun taking the initial steps to stand as an independent body, local financial experts and economists say.

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Retired SC Justice Azcuna 'Selfless Government Worker': Palace

MANILA, Feb 15 (PNA) - Malacañang wished retired Supreme Court (SC) Associate Justice Adolfo Azcuna the best as he celebrates his 80th birthday on Saturday.

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Rule of Law followed in Ressa Arrest

MANILA, Feb 15 (PNA) - Malacañang on Friday said the rule of law was followed in the arrest of Rappler chief executive officer Maria Ressa for cyberlibel amid criticisms of suppressing press freedom.

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Rebuilding ASEAN’s Financial Safety Net

Singapore and Indonesia signed a US$10 billion (K15.23 trillion) bilateral swap agreement last October, allowing the two countries to assist each other during times of financial stress through US dollar loans. The move signalled a willingness by ASEAN countries to play a bigger and more direct role in strengthening the region’s financial stability, but there is still much more to do.

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Judiciary lodges Police Report over Allegations in Affidavit

PUTRAJAYA, Feb 15 (Bernama) - The Judiciary has lodged a police report over allegations made against unnamed judges and the institution in the affidavit made by a sitting Court of Appeal judge Datuk Dr Hamid Sultan Abu Backer.

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Blind Woman's Persistence to become Lawyer bears Fruit

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 15 (Bernama) - ‘Where there’s a will, there’s a way’, this proverb illustrates the determination and diligence of a visually impaired young woman who has achieved her dream of becoming a lawyer.

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Lawyer urges Government and CJ to address Justice Hamid's Revelations

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 15 (Bernama) - Lawyer Sangeet Kaur Deo has called on the government and Chief Justice to immediately look into the claims by Court of Appeal judge Datuk Dr Hamid Sultan Abu Backer, contained in his affidavit which revealed misconduct of top judges and judicial interference.

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Decision on Minimum Wage Increases due in March

BANGKOK, Feb 13 (NNT) - The final decision on Minimum Wage increases will be made in March, with new rates to vary in accordance with economic conditions in each province.

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No Violation of Ressa's Civil Rights: DOJ

MANILA, Feb 14 (PNA) - Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Thursday assured full protection of the civil rights of online news website Rappler's publisher Maria Ressa, who was arrested on Wednesday in connection with a cyber libel complaint filed against her and the media firm by a private individual.

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DOTr inks Deal on Common Station Construction

MANILA, Feb 13 (PNA) - The Department of Transportation (DOTr) on Wednesday signed a contract with a private consortium for the construction of Area A of the Unified Grand Central Station (UGCS) or the common station which is located between SM North Edsa and Trinoma in Quezon City.

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Men too face Sexual Harassment at Workplace

SUNGAI PETANI, Feb 14 (Bernama) - Men too have been recorded as being victims of sexual harassment at the workplace, said Women, Family and Community Development Deputy Minister, Hannah Yeoh.

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LHDN launches eProcurement System, Suppliers' Portal

CYBERJAYA, Feb 13 (Bernama) - The Inland Revenue Board (LHDN) has launched the eProcurement (eP) system and the Suppliers’ portal as a continuous effort to improve service delivery to suppliers or tenderers dealing with the agency.

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