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Mention jewelry and what might come to mind is the famous song belted out by Marilyn Monroe in the 1953 movie “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes”:
“A kiss on the hand can be quite continental… But diamonds are a girl’s best friend”
Yes indeed – it’s all about the “sparkle, shape and size”. That single line above became a platform and theme of sorts for women across generations. Though, let’s face it, in this day and age, men seem to be equally enthralled with jewelry. From rap superstars wearing fashionable dental grills on their teeth to the girl next door wearing adorable Mickey Mouse or Hello Kitty ear studs, decking up with jewelry is about status, fame and recognition.
The Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (“IPOS”) has seen various different circumstances arising from the grey areas of the Trademarks Rules since the relevant amendments were made eleven years ago. One of the main problems arising in this regard relates to the issue of consent to late requests for Extensions of Time during Opposition proceedings. The Registrar is at times faced with difficulties in balancing the needs of adhering to procedural requirements against the need for fair adjudication. However, over the years, a number of cases have helped shed some light in this area.