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    04:10 PM Victor Looi (LLB, BBM(Finance), Singapore Management University)

    The Use of Similar Colour Schemes, Layouts, and Allegedly Deceptive Geographical References in Trade Marks

    In the recent decision of Morinaga Nyugyo Kabushiki Kaisha (Morinaga Milk Industry Co., Ltd.) v. Starbucks Corporation D/B/A Starbucks Coffee Company [2017] SGIPOS 18, the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore explored two intriguing issues concerning trade mark opposition proceedings: whether a trade mark proprietor can oppose the registration of a later competing mark because the latter shar...

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    05:29 PM Mahdev Mohan (Assistant Professor, Singapore Management University) and Siraj Shaik Aziz (Research Associate, Singapore Management University)

    A Quest for Ethical Regulation in Arbitration

    On 10 October 2017, members of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators Working Group, comprising Mr Chan Leng Sun S.C, Mr. Mohan Pillay, Mr. Rian Matthews and Ms. Adriana Uson Ong (“the Working Group”), presented their draft Guidelines on Party Representative Ethics (“Draft SIArb Guidelines”) to SIArb members and Mr Gary Born, President of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre Court of Arb...

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    02:14 PM Elias Arun (LL.B. (Hons), National University of Singapore) and Joshua Kow (LL.B. (Hons), National University of Singapore)

    A Suspended State of Patent Invalidity: Sun Electric Pte Ltd v Sunseap Group Pte Ltd and others [2017] SGHC 232

    Can patent revocation proceedings be properly brought before the High Court at first instance, by way of a counterclaim in infringement proceedings before the court? This was the central question addressed by the learned George Wei J in the recent case of Sun Electric Pte Ltd v Sunseap Group Pte Ltd and others [2017] SGHC 232. ...

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    12:56 PM Tan Xi-en Rachel (Research Assistant at the Centre for International Law and Incoming Practice Trainee at Rajah and Tann LLP) and Professor Lucy Ferguson Reed (Director, Centre for International Law and Professor, NUS Faculty of Law)

    Developing Singaporean Jurisprudence on Reviewing Investor-State Arbitral Awards: Kingdom of Lesotho v Swissbourgh Diamond Mines (Pty) Limited and others [2017] SGHC 195

    Kingdom of Lesotho v Swissbourgh Diamond Mines (Pty) Limited and others (“Lesotho v Swissbourgh”) is the first case in which the Singapore High Court (“SGHC”) has set aside the final jurisdiction and merits award of an investor-State arbitral tribunal. The case was brought before the SGHC in Originating Summons No 492 (“OS 492”), in which the plaintiff, the Kingdom of Lesotho (“Lesotho”), successf...

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    04:40 PM Wu Junneng (LLB (Hons), University of Bristol)

    Shipowner’s lien and interim measures of protection in aid of International Arbitration – Reflections from The Moscow Star and Five Ocean Corp v Cingler Ship Pte Ltd

    National Courts are empowered to order interim measures of protection in aid of international arbitrations where the arbitral tribunal is unable to act effectively. This power applies equally to both seats and non-seats of arbitration. In Singapore, such interim measures of protection include inter alia making orders for preservation, interim custody or sale of any property which is, or forms, par...