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    10:58 PM Christopher Zheng (LL.B., National University of Singapore, LL.M. (Corporate), New York University)

    Personal Liability of Directors for their Company's Contractual Breaches and Torts: Recent Developments

    While a company is a separate legal entity from its members, shareholders and directors (Gabriel Peter & Partners v Wee Chong Jin [1997] 3 SLR(R) 649 at [32], [34] ("Gabriel Peter")), decisions of a company are often made through its board of directors. Where a company breaches its contract with, or commits a tort against, an external party under the direction of its board, are the directors perso...

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    04:10 PM Victor Looi (LLB, BBM(Finance), Singapore Management University)

    The Use of Similar Colour Schemes, Layouts, and Allegedly Deceptive Geographical References in Trade Marks

    In the recent decision of Morinaga Nyugyo Kabushiki Kaisha (Morinaga Milk Industry Co., Ltd.) v. Starbucks Corporation D/B/A Starbucks Coffee Company [2017] SGIPOS 18, the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore explored two intriguing issues concerning trade mark opposition proceedings: whether a trade mark proprietor can oppose the registration of a later competing mark because the latter shar...

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    02:14 PM Elias Arun (LL.B. (Hons), National University of Singapore) and Joshua Kow (LL.B. (Hons), National University of Singapore)

    A Suspended State of Patent Invalidity: Sun Electric Pte Ltd v Sunseap Group Pte Ltd and others [2017] SGHC 232

    Can patent revocation proceedings be properly brought before the High Court at first instance, by way of a counterclaim in infringement proceedings before the court? This was the central question addressed by the learned George Wei J in the recent case of Sun Electric Pte Ltd v Sunseap Group Pte Ltd and others [2017] SGHC 232. ...

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    10:47 PM Victor Looi (LLB, BBM(Finance), Singapore Management University)

    The Amendment of Patent Claims, Protection of Subsequent Medical Uses, and Validity of Swiss-Style Claims

    In the recent decision of Warner-Lambert Company LLC v Novartis (Singapore) Pte Ltd [2017] SGCA 45, the five-judge Court of Appeal (the “CA”) examined two issues in patent law which had hitherto received scant mention by the local courts, viz, whether subsequent medical uses of known substances were protected under the Patents Act (the “Act”), and whether Swiss-style claims (i.e., purpose-limited ...

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    02:50 PM Loh Kai Loon (Counsel, Ashurst ADTLaw)

    Foreign bank mergers, universal succession and the Singapore Banking Act

    In Jacob Agam and another v BNP Paribas SA [2017] SGCA(I) 01, the Singapore Court of Appeal delivered its first judgment for an appeal from the Singapore International Commercial Court. The Court of Appeal held that Section 55B of the Banking Act, Chapter 19 of Singapore (the "Banking Act") is permissive, not mandatory. Section 55B provides a method for the voluntary transfer of the business of a ...