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Combe International Ltd v Dr. August Wolff GmbH & Co. KG Arzneimittel [2020] SGIPOS 3

In this case, Combe International Ltd ("Combe") succeeded in invalidating Dr. August Wolff GmbH & Co. KG Arzneimittel's ("Dr. August Wolff") registered trade mark "" (the "Vagisan Mark").

The Vagisan Mark was registered broadly for cosmetic products and pharmaceutical products.

Combe invoked its "Vagisil" trade marks (the "Vagisil Marks"), which were registered for virtually identical goods.

Singapore Signs On to the Locarno Agreement

Singapore has become the first country in ASEAN to join the Locarno Agreement, which will enter into force on 19 March 2020.

The Locarno Agreement is an international standardised classification system for industrial designs. Also known as the Locarno Classification, it is administered by the World Intellectual Property Organisation ("WIPO").

It simplifies the search process across different industrial designs databases and helps applicants identify the specific class their work belongs to when they file for industrial designs protection.

IPOS & SGX Launch Pilot Programme on Intangible Assets Evaluation & Audit

The Intellectual Property Office of Singapore ("IPOS") and Singapore Exchange ("SGX") have partnered to launch the Intangible Disclosure Evaluation and Audit Scheme ("IDEAS") programme exclusively for SGX-listed companies and companies preparing for a listing.

The IDEAS programme provides companies with government support to undergo an intangible assets ("IA") evaluation and audit process. The process will enable companies to identify important IA information that are key drivers to their businesses, and make recommendations on disclosing such important information to communicate business value to the market. The increased transparency and clarity in IA disclosures will aid companies in building investor trust and enhance Singapore's capital market into one where IA-rich businesses can effectively raise capital.

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