Archives for December 2010
This case concerns an application before the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS) by SubAir Systems, LLC for a declaration of invalidity against the registered mark, “SubAir & device” in Class 7 under the Registered Proprietors, SubAir Systems Asia Limited (“SubAir Asia”).
As the parties in this case had contractual dealings in the past, the background facts are pertinent to the issue of invalidation that arose in Singapore after SubAir Asia successfully registered the SubAir Mark as illustrated below:
Vietnam has undergone waves of transformation in the field of intellectual property rights in recent years, leading up to the amendments in the country’s intellectual property law that came into force earlier this year. The highlight of this notable transition was witnessed in the trial of Vietnam’s first patent infringement lawsuit, Hoang Thinh vs Viet My Brick Manufacturing, in a remote province of Dak Lak, which lasted for 8 years.
In 2002, the National Office of Intellectual Property granted a Patent Utility Solution (No. 319) to Mr. Hoang Thinh for his brick moulding machine. Based on the patent specification, Thinh appears to have modified conventional brick moulding machines by adding a scraping axis and a rolling blade. In his patent, Thinh had claimed that his brick moulding machine doubled brick production compared to conventional machines.