While SEIKO may be the pioneer in “exquisite workmanship” when it comes to timepieces, living up to its name and establishing itself as a famous brand to half the world, it certainly did not enjoy much success in its battle in opposing the trademark “SEIKI” from securing a place in the trademark registry of Singapore.
Ever wondered how the English word “Parliament” was coined to represent the legislative body in various countries? The root of the word, interestingly and rather aptly, is derived from the French word “parler”, which means “to talk” or “to discuss”.
What may be a generic word in the political and legislative arena has surprisingly become a trademark of choice of not one but two international tobacco companies, British American Tobacco Malaysia (BAT) and Philip Morris International (“Philip Morris”).
A dispute arose in our Malaysian High Court when Philip Morris, who sought to introduce its “PARLIAMENT” branded cigarettes in Malaysia, was prevented by the existence of prior “PARLIAMENT” trademarks registered in Malaysia by BAT.
By Geetha Kandiah