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    11:16 AM Singapore Law Blog

    The Future of Law Conference: The Internet of Things, Smart Contracts and Intelligent Machines

    The Centre for Cross-Border Commercial Law in Asia (CEBCLA), School of Law, Singapore Management University, is proud to announce the Future of Law Conference: The Internet of Things, Smart Contracts and Intelligent Machines, to take place on 26 – 27 October 2017 in Singapore. ...

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    10:47 PM Victor Looi (LLB, BBM(Finance), Singapore Management University)

    The Amendment of Patent Claims, Protection of Subsequent Medical Uses, and Validity of Swiss-Style Claims

    In the recent decision of Warner-Lambert Company LLC v Novartis (Singapore) Pte Ltd [2017] SGCA 45, the five-judge Court of Appeal (the “CA”) examined two issues in patent law which had hitherto received scant mention by the local courts, viz, whether subsequent medical uses of known substances were protected under the Patents Act (the “Act”), and whether Swiss-style claims (i.e., purpose-limited ...

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    01:46 PM Hairul Hakkim (Justices’ Law Clerk, Supreme Court, Singapore) and Kevin Ho Hin Tat (Practice Trainee, WongPartnership LLP)

    The end of the “doctors know best” era – from medical paternalism to patient autonomy

    When can a doctor be sued for giving negligent medical advice? The principles in Bolam v Friern Hospital Management Authority [1957] 1 WLR 582 together with the addendum in Bolitho v City and Hackney Health Authority [1998] AC 232 (collectively, the “Bolam-Bolitho” test) have long governed the standard of care to be met by doctors. Under this test, a doctor would not be negligent if his conduct ca...

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    11:06 PM Hairul Hakkim and Leong Hoi Seng Victor (Justices’ Law Clerks)

    When will a stay of court proceedings be granted in favour of arbitration? – interpreting “null and void, inoperative or incapable of being performed”

    When can a party successfully avoid court proceedings in favour of arbitration? This is an issue frequently encountered by the Singapore courts in the context of international commercial arbitrations. But what is not entirely clear is the scope of the terms “null and void”, “inoperative” and “incapable of being performed” (“the three limbs”) in requirement (c). This is the topic that we propose to...

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    02:50 PM Loh Kai Loon (Counsel, Ashurst ADTLaw)

    Foreign bank mergers, universal succession and the Singapore Banking Act

    In Jacob Agam and another v BNP Paribas SA [2017] SGCA(I) 01, the Singapore Court of Appeal delivered its first judgment for an appeal from the Singapore International Commercial Court. The Court of Appeal held that Section 55B of the Banking Act, Chapter 19 of Singapore (the "Banking Act") is permissive, not mandatory. Section 55B provides a method for the voluntary transfer of the business of a ...