Dissimilarity of Marks - Guess?, Inc v Jen, Chi [2019] SGIPOS 3

This decision confirms that similarity between competing marks must be assessed as a whole. The mere fact that two marks share a similar component (e.g. an inverted triangle device) does not automatically mean that they are similar, particularly if the dominant component of the marks differ.

This decision also serves to remind traders of the high evidential threshold required for a mark to be considered as one that is well known to the public at large in Singapore. Given the high level of protection accorded to this rare and exclusive category of marks, the evidence tendered should not be an approximation, but instead be sufficiently particularized to show a high degree of recognition amongst most sectors of the Singapore public.

IPOS to accept applications for registration of geographical indications

On 1 April 2019, the Registry of Geographical Indications at the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS) commenced operations to accept worldwide applications for the registration of geographical indications (GI).

Enhancement of funding scheme to promote Singapore as IP Dispute Resolution hub

On 26 March 2019, IPOS announced that it would extend and enhance its Mediation Promotion Scheme for three years with effect from 1 April 2019. The Enhanced Mediation Promotion Scheme will increase funding from S$5,500 to either S$10,000 or S$12,000 for each mediation case and will allow parties to claim for mediation-related agent fees.

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