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Court Cases

High Court has jurisdiction to hear patent revocation applications brought as counterclaims in infringement actions: Court of Appeal

Does the High Court have jurisdiction to hear applications for patent revocation, brought by way of defence and counterclaim in infringement proceedings? The final answer is “yes”, ruled a five-judge Court of Appeal on Thursday (10th January). With this ruling from the highest court of the land, Sunseap Group Pte Ltd and its subsidiaries, Sunseap Energy and Sunseap Leasing, would …

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Singapore freight forwarder company not liable for trade mark infringement by taking consignments of counterfeit goods, Court of Appeal rules

The Court of Appeal had dismissed two appeals by luxury brands Burberry and Louis Vuitton, against the decision of Justice George Wei in the High Court, holding Singapore freight forwarder Megastar Shipping Pte Ltd not liable for trade mark infringement in respect of two sealed containers containing counterfeit goods bearing the formers’ brand’s signs. In March 2013, the two containers …

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Gay Adoption and Judicial Decision Making, Singapore Style

by Remy Choo Zheng Xi, Peter Low & Choo LLC UKM vs Attorney-General, the recent “gay adoption” case, is a study in difficult judicial decision making, Singapore style. In summary, a three Judge bench of the Singapore High Court allowed a Singaporean gay father’s appeal to adopt his biological son conceived of a surrogate mother. The judgment was written by …

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Baby’s death “could have been avoided” if domestic helper’s welfare was “taken care of”: Jolovan Wham

The tragic death of one-year-old Richelle Teo Yan Jia two years ago could have been prevented had her parents cared for the welfare of their domestic helper, said labour rights activist Jolovan Wham. Mr Wham highlighted in his Facebook post on Thursday (22 Nov) that the domestic helper, identified as Maryani Usman Utar, was subjected to "18-hour" working days "throughout …

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WP chair and AHTC town councillor Sylvia Lim accused of lying about reasons behind having to upscale town council’s software

Workers’ Party (WP) chairperson Sylvia Lim was accused by Senior Counsel Davinder Singh of misleading her fellow town councillors, the Parliament, the court, and the public in her justification behind having to upscale the town council management software used by the Aljunied-Hougang Town Council (AHTC) as a result of Action Information Management (AIM)'s termination of the system it provided. Throughout …

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