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Will Singapore Stay Ahead of the IP Game? Read Francine's opinion piece which was published in Singapore's Business Times.
Protection for Geographical Indications
Thanks to the EU-Singapore Free Trade Agreement (“EUSFTA”) which was inked by Singapore and the EU in Brussels on October 19, 2018, the way has been paved for a high level of protection for GIs in Singapore. With the GI Act 2014, Singapore will soon have a Registry of GIs. Applications for GI registration from the EU will be received once the EUSFTA has been ratified by the European Parliament by 2019.
The EU is Singapore’s largest investor and third-largest trading partner. Negotiations started in 2010 and, in a season of rising protectionism, the signing of the EUSFTA is a beacon of light and an important milestone towards boosting confidence for investors and entrepreneurs.
The draft Geographical Indications Rules 2018 provide, inter alia, for the filing of applications for the registration of GIs. They also set out in detail the opposition procedure. Opposition to a published application can be filed within 6 weeks; the notice of opposition has to be accompanied by a Statutory Declaration setting out the evidence in support of the opposition. The procedures will be managed by the IPOS.
Francine Tan Law Corporation has also been honoured to have become the first associate member from Singapore of oriGIn (The Organization for an International Geographical Indications Network), an NGO based in Geneva. It represents about 500 associations of producers and other GI-related institutions from 40 countries.
Plain Packaging and Brand Restrictions: The Start of a Slippery Slope?
Read a summary of the round table panel discussion on Plain Packaging and Brand Restrictions - WTO's Upcoming Decision and the IP Perspective which took place on February 26, 2018 at Maxwell Chambers. The event was co- hosted by INTA, Soroker Agmon Nordman Pte Ltd, and Francine Tan Law Corporation. We were honoured to have the President of INTA, Ms Tish L. Berard, grace the occasion with her presence and sharing INTA's position on brand restrictions.
See Francine Tan's comments in the WTR March 2018 article on "Singapore's timid local trademark scene belies its branding strength: exclusive data analysis".
A Day In The Life Of A Woman Intellectual Property Lawyer:
A contribution Francine made to Connected Women in the lead up to International Women's Day.
- Trademark prosecution
- Brand protection strategies
- Trademark dispute resolution
- Trademark clearance searches
- Patent drafting and prosecution
- Registered designs
- Domain name disputes & online infringements
- Enforcement and anti-counterfeiting
- Trademark opposition and revocation proceedings
- Franchising & licensing agreements