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Dot-com Trademarks: Open for Booking?

Article by: Tom Phillips, INTA Daily News

On June 30, 2020, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a landmark decision in United States Patent and Trademark Office v. Booking.com B.V. that the travel aggregator site Booking.com should be allowed to obtain trademark protection for its name BOOKING.COM. The court found in an 8-1 verdict that the addition of dot-com to a generic term was not necessarily generic and could be allowed trademark protection.

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Cambodia: Bi-Lateral Patent Cooperation Programs

Article by: Abacus IP

Cambodia has entered into a number of bi-lateral patent cooperation programs in recent years. These allow for the re-registration of foreign patents, or for acceleration of a Cambodian patent on the basis of a foreign registration.

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Singapore: Proposed Amendments under the Intellectual Property Bill 2021

Article by: Max Ng & Amira Nabila Budiyano, Gateway Law Corporation

The article summarizes the key amendments proposed under the Bill, which seeks to streamline IP processes and reduce the administrative burden of those seeking IP protection in Singapore. These amendments are in line with the government’s plans to enhance Singapore’s value proposition as a major global IP hub.

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Singapore: Proposed Amendments under the Copyright Bill

Article by: Max Ng & Amira Nabila Budiyano, Gateway Law Corporation

The amendments under the Bill are expected to come into effect by the end of 2021 if the Bill is passed. The article contains the summary of the key amendments proposed under the Bill, which amongst others seeks to accord stronger moral rights to authors and performers, and make the law more accessible to laypersons.

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Cambodia: Trademark Maintenance

Article by: Abacus IP

Maintaining a trademark in Cambodia is relatively simple, but important to attend to in order to preserve one’s rights. Once an application is granted, the owner should note in their calendar the relevant dates for affidavits and renewals, and be aware of further events that will require a filing with the Cambodian trademark office.

 

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Cambodia: USPTO – Cambodia Patent Acceleration: Details Released

Article by: Abacus IP

Under a new bilateral program agreed on October 23, 2020, US patents may now be used to accelerate the examination of Cambodian patent applications. This is the latest in a series of bilateral agreements allowing foreign patent owners to extend their rights to Cambodia in an accelerated and efficient process, including for Chinese, Singaporean, Korean, Japanese, and European patents.

 

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Malaysia: Copyright & Social Media

Article by: Aarathi Amerjit & Samantha Lawrence Pillai, Gateway IP Services

If you intend to post material on social media as part of your business strategy, the best way to avoid an infringement action is to obtain permission by way of written agreement.

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