Archives for February 2012
The ushering in of a new year usually brings with it new resolutions and a fresh start to everyone. Likewise, the Malaysian Intellectual Property Corporation (better known as MyIPO) has joined the bandwagon and introduced some changes to our Industrial Design Regulations, with the changes set to be enforced very, very soon – on 15 February 2012!!
With such short notice, let’s bring you up to date with the crux of the changes:
Long gone are the days where the word “Subway” only brought to mind visions of underground trains. Nowadays, more often than not, our thoughts are filled with tantalising images of fresh, tasty and succulent sandwiches, and… clothing? Well, Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS) surely thinks so!
In this case, the proprietor of Prosperous Enterprise (the Applicant) had registered the mark “” in Class 25, for clothing. He was in the business of selling women’s apparel. In 2005, he forgot to renew the registration of his mark, causing the registration to subsequently lapse. Upon realizing this, he sought to re-register his trademark in 2007, but once the application was published in June 2007, Doctor’s Associates Inc (the Opponent) , owner of the famous “” trademark in a multitude of classes, wasted no time in opposing the application. The Opponent is the proprietor of restaurants, and is in the business of selling sandwiches and other food and drinks around the world.