In the News
Francine Tan attended INTA's very first virtual Leadership and Annual Meeting in November 2020.
We are very proud to announce that Francine has been elected to and will serve on the INTA Board of Directors for the 2021-2023 term.
Francine also contributed her comments in the INTA Daily News which was published during the Annual Meeting on the global efforts made to stem the tide of counterfeit products. See article.
Successful Sting Operation - Over S$800,000 of Fake Perfumes and Cosmetics Seized
Francine Tan Law Corporation was privileged to have been one of the partner firms to support the IPRB and Singapore Customs's enforcement efforts to deal with the menace of counterfeit products intended for online sales.
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.
Registration Available for Geographical Indications from 1st April 2019
As a result of the EU-Singapore Free Trade Agreement (“EUSFTA”) which was inked by Singapore and the EU in Brussels on October 19, 2018, the way was paved for a high level of protection for GIs in Singapore. Singapore's new GIs Registry will be accepting applications from 1st April 2019. Applications will be processed in the same way as trademark applications and will undergo substantive examination and be published for opposition purposes.
Who can file?
(i) Any person who carries on an activity as a producer in the geographical area concerned;
(ii) An association of producers; or
(iii) A competent authority having responsibility for the GI concerned.
Categories of goods?
(i) wines, spirits and beers;
(iii) meat and meat products;
(v) edible and non-edible oils;
(vi) fruits and vegetables;
(vii) spices and condiments;
(viii) confectionery and baked goods;
(ix) flowers and parts of flowers;
(x) natural gum.
(i) Applicant's name, address and nationality, and the capacity in which the application is made;
(ii) Representation of the GI;
(iii) Identification of the relevant country, region or locality;
(iv) Applicable goods;
(v) Description of the quality, reputation or other characteristics of the goods and how those are essentially attributable to the geographical origin of the goods;
(vi) Evidence that the GI has been registered or obtained recognition as a GI in the qualifying country of origin (where the GI relates to a qualifying country other than Singapore).
Please feel free to contact us for more information.
Member of oriGIn
Francine Tan Law Corporation is honoured to be the first associate member from Singapore of oriGIn (The Organization for an International Geographical Indications Network), an NGO based in Geneva. oriGIn represents about 500 associations of producers and other GI-related institutions from 40 countries.
Procter & Gamble and WEConnect International's
Francine is honoured to have been one of 20 women business owners selected to participate in a 10-module training program that was launched for the first time in Singapore and conducted at P&G's Singapore Innovation Centre.
The program is tailored to empower women entrepreneurs and covered topics on business development and growth strategies as well as leadership and communications skills.
The kick-off ceremony which took place on February 12th, 2019 was attended by representatives from the US Embassy, WEConnect International and P&G Global.
The participants celebrated the completion of the program with a graduation ceremony on May 25th.
It was a very rewarding experience, meeting and learning from talented, dedicated and inspiring trainers from P&G and other women in business.
IMPORTANT NEWS: MYANMAR - New Trademark and Industrial Design Law 2019
The Myanmar Parliament passed the long-awaited Myanmar Trademark Law and Industrial Design Law on 30th January 2019.
On 28th August 2020, the Ministry of Commerce of Myanmar officially announced the commencement of the soft opening of the new Myanmar trademark registration system on 1st October 2020 (the “Soft Opening Period”).
Since the start of the Soft Opening Period, online filing of trademark applications under the new registration system have been made available for the filing of the following two categories of trademark owners:
(i) Trademark owners previously registered with the Office of Registrar of Deeds and Assurances (“RDA”); and
(ii) Trademark owners who are using their trade marks in Myanmar, with or without registering their marks with the RDA.
The Soft Opening Period will be followed by the second phase being the Grand Opening Period. The duration of the Soft Opening Period is yet unknown but it is expected to last at least 6 months.
Trademark owners who have been using their trade marks in Myanmar but who have not previously registered their marks under the old system may also file for registration of their marks during the Soft Opening Period. To qualify for registration during the Soft Opening Period, proof of use of the mark in Myanmar can be established be shown by providing copies of advertisements used for marketing or sales promotion, as well as tax and other receipts.
Please contact us should you have any questions or need assistance with trademark protection in Myanmar.
IPOS Update - Easing of Filing Requirements for Trademark Applications
With effect from 15 April 2019, IPOS will cease to require applicants to provide English translations and transliterations of foreign words/characters appearing in trade marks. The filing process will be simplified and automated.
Where the auto-generation of translations is not possible, only then may IPOS request applicants to provide the translation and/or translation documents.
IPOS will also discontinue the practice of endorsing trademark applications with transliteration and translation clauses.
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.
- 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