Archives for May 2011
In a matter involving a photograph, a beauty queen, and rice packaging, our High Court in East Malaysia recently threw out a copyright infringement case on the basis that the party that initiated the suit had no locus standi (legal standing) to bring the suit to Court. The decision for this case was released on 25 February 2011 and revealed a number of interesting elements.
Let us visit the facts of this case. The Plaintiff, Sherinna Nur Elena Bt Abdullah was a beauty queen from 1992 up to 1994. She had won several beauty pageant titles in the state of Sabah, including the “Unduk Ngadau” beauty pageant which was organized during the Harvest Festival in 1992.
Our readers may remember an article from last August’s KASS IP Exposé where Singapore Patent No. SG 49307 entitled “Microbial Oil Mixtures and Use Thereof” owned by Martek Biosciences Corporation was revoked by the Registrar of the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS).
Martek had since filed an appeal at the Singapore High Court against the decision of the Registrar and the appeal was decided on 29 March 2011.
What do you do if your intellectual property patents application are refused or objected to or has received an adverse report from the Patent Office? Does it mean the end of your patent application? The patent applicant must know what happens at the Patent Office and what to do upon receiving the examination report.
Intellectual Property (IP) Rights are gaining prominence in the international marketplace. Globalisation of trade, location of R&D activities, manufacturing, structure and location of IP asset holding companies, recent rapid growth of intellectual property patents and trademark protection service, etc, all are creating challenges to IP service providers.
It is important that an appropriate IP service provider is selected to meet the challenges. What should you look for in an appropriate IP service provider and how do you go about it? The following matters should be considered: