Plain Packaging and Brand Restrictions: The WTO Upcoming Decision and the IP Perspective


Francine Tan will be co-hosting a Roundtable discussion on the topic of Plain Packaging and Brand Restrictions: The WTO Upcoming Decision and the IP Perspective.  Francine Tan will be a panelist alongside Bryan Mercurio, Professor and Vice Chancellor’s Outstanding Fellow of the Faculty of Law at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Mr. Christopher Chan, General Counsel and Head of Government Affairs from RedMart, and Mr. Samir Dixit, Asia Pacific Managing Director of Brand Finance.

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Monday, 26 February 2018

8.45 am - 12.30 pm

Maxwell Chambers in Singapore


Francine Tan will moderate a session at the INTA 140th Annual Meeting

Francine Tan will be attending the INTA Annual Meeting in Seattle, USA, in May. She will be moderating a session on Geographical Indications in the Domain Name Space.

The session will explore the tension between geographical indications (GIs) and trademarks within the domain name space (DNS), look into whether GIs should be registrable within the DNS clearing houses, and explore the dispute resolution mechanisms handling of GIs within the DNS space. 

Speakers include: 
Jonathan Agmon, Soroker Agmon Nordman, Advocates & Patent Attorneys (Israel)
Scott Gerien, Dickenson Peatman & Fogarty, PLC (United States)
Charles Goemaere, Comité Champagne (France)
Massimo Vittori, oriGIn (Switzerland)
Mary Wong, ICANN (United States)


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Keeping up with latest IP issues & trends in the pharmaceutical industry

Francine will be attending the PTMG (Pharmaceutical Trade Marks Group) Spring Conference which takes place on 19th – 20th March 2018 in Porto, Portugal. PTMG brings together trademark professionals with interest and experience in the pharmaceutical field. 



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Past Events

Francine Tan represented INTA at SICC event

SINGAPORE - 17 Nov 2017


At the Singapore International Chamber of Commerce event on Protecting Your Brand & Intellectual Propert, Francine Tan, Founder and Managing Director of Francine Tan Law represented INTA and spoke on the topic of plain packaging and presented the perspective and concerns of the International Trademark Association (INTA)

Helping the industry stay abreast

SINGAPORE –  Nov 2017


Francine Tan spoke on the latest developments in trade marks and geographical indications at the Singapore-Australia training programme on IP rights, organised by the IP Academy.

Speaking at the 31st MARQUES Annual Conference 2017

PRAGUE, Czech Republic –  20 Sep 2017


Speaking on the topic of "Censored marks - Trade mark offices as guardians of public policy and morals"   


There is a broad international consensus that trade marks which are scandalous, disparaging, contrary to principles of morality or public policy should not enjoy protection. But is there a consensus as to what defines a scandalous, disparaging or immoral trade mark? Where is the dividing line between poor taste and scandal and distaste and outrage?The session examined the differing legal and jurisdictional approaches in the Arabic, Asian and Western world to so called offensive or scandalous trade marks.


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