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Singapore's New Cyber Law, One Step in Many to make Online Safe

The passing Cybersecurity Bill marks an important milestone in Singapore's fight against cyber threats.
Date: 15 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch

Business Costs, Privacy Concerns raised as Parliament passes Landmark Cybersecurity Bill

The  Cybersecurity Bill, which was passed with the intention to fortify Singapore’s essential services against cyber attacks, has raised some concerns such as how compliance costs will be managed and whether the measures would infringe on personal data.
Date: 06 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch

Privacy Watchdog fines First 'Data Monger'

Former telemarketer Sharon Assya Qadriyah Tang was fined $6000 by the Personal Data Protection Commission for breaching the Personal Data Protection Act, the first conviction since it came in to effect on July 2, 2014.
Date: 29 January 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch

ASM Technology Singapore Pte Ltd v Towa Corporation

Intellectual Property - Patents - Infringement
Date: 05 January 2018; Court: Court of Appeal; Citation: [2018] SGCA 01; Source: Singapore Law Watch

Novartis (Singapore) Pte Ltd v Bristol-Myers Squibb Pharma Co

Patents and inventions - Rectification of register
Date: 20 December 2017; Court: High Court; Citation: [2017] SGHC 322; Source: Singapore Law Watch

Rohm and Haas Electronic Materials CMP Holdings Inc (formerly known as Rodel Holdings Inc) v NexPlanar Corp and Another

Patents and Inventions - Validity; Patents and Inventions - Novelty; Patents and Inventions - Inventive step; Patents and Inventions - Infringement
Date: 08 December 2017; Court: High Court; Citation: [2017] SGHC 310; Source: Singapore Law Watch

Newspaper and Printing Presses (Exemption from Part III of Act) (Amendment No. 4) Order 2017

This Order comes into operation on 29 November 2017.
Date: 28 November 2017; Type: Federal Subsidiary Legislation; Citation: No. S 671; Source: Singapore Statutes Online

Registered Designs changes from 30 October

Date: 30 October 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Intellectual Property Office of Singapore

Undesirable Publications (Prohibition) (Amendment No. 2) Order 2017

This Order comes into operation on 31 October 2017.
Date: 30 October 2017; Type: Federal Subsidiary Legislation; Citation: No. S 619; Source: Singapore Statutes Online

Patents and Designs Legislative Amendments to enter into force on 30 October 2017

As part of IPOS’ effort to provide a fit-for-purpose legal and policy framework to support innovative individuals and businesses, the Patents (Amendment) Act 2017 and the Patents (Amendment No.2) Rules 2017 will enter into force on 30 Oct 2017.
Date: 12 October 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Intellectual Property Office of Singapore

Government to consider New Legislation for ICOs if necessary, says Deputy Prime Minister

Deputy Prime Minister has said that the government will continue to monitor developments of Initial Coin Offerings and will consider targeted legislation if necessary.
Date: 02 October 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Monetary Authority of Singapore

Bill on Public Sector Data to be tabled in Parliament Next Year

Government agencies may soon be required to release more of their collected data to the public, under a new public sector data Bill to be tabled in Parliament next year. Deputy Chief Executive of the Government Technology Office (GovTech) Chan Cheow Hoe revealed this on Thursday (Sep 21) while speaking during a fireside chat at The Arts House ...
Date: 22 September 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Government of Singapore

Consultation Paper on Provision of Digital Advisory Services

Digital advisory services refers to the provision of advice on investment products using automated, algorithm-based tools.
Date: 07 June 2017; Type: Consultation Paper; Source: Monetary Authority of Singapore

Amendments to the Computer Misuse and Cybersecurity Act takes Effect

The amendments to the Computer Misuse and Cybersecurity Act (CMCA), which were passed in Parliament on 3 April 2017, has taken effect from 1 June 2017. These amendments will tackle the increasing scale and transnational nature of cybercrime, as well as the evolving tactics of cybercriminals.
Date: 01 June 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Ministry of Home Affairs

Legislative Changes introduced to update Singapore’s Registered Designs Regime

The Ministry of Law (MinLaw) has tabled the Registered Designs (Amendment) Bill for First Reading in Parliament today. The proposed legislative changes will update Singapore’s design protection regime to take into account latest trends in design and technology. It will support the growth of the design industry by making it easier for designer ...
Date: 03 April 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Ministry of Law

Computer Misuse and Cybersecurity (Amendment) Bill introduced

The Computer Misuse and Cybersecurity (Amendment) Bill was introduced for First Reading in Parliament today. The Computer Misuse Act (CMA) was enacted in 1993 to criminalise unauthorised access or modification of computer material, and other computer crimes. The Act was amended twice between 1994 and 2012 to, amongst other things, introduce ne ...
Date: 09 March 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Ministry of Home Affairs

Singapore reduces Filing Fees for IP Protection from April 1

SINGAPORE, Feb 1 (Bernama) - Businesses and entrepreneurs will enjoy substantial cost savings when they file for patent and trade mark protection with the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS) through lowered application fees, effective April 1, 2017.
Date: 01 February 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

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More Support for Firms to innovate and go International Companies

The government will provide more support to firms that buy solutions and for those that develop their own innovations or team up with partners, in the form of tax reliefs.

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Monetary Authority of Singapore and the Central Bank of Egypt Bolster FinTech Cooperation

Singapore, 14 February 2018 - The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) and the Central Bank of Egypt (CBE) signed an agreement to strengthen FinTech cooperation between the two countries on 6 February 2018. The Cooperation Agreement was signed at Seamless North Africa 2018 (under the patronage of the CBE), a conference focused on Payments, FinTech and eCommerce.

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Thailand, Cambodia discuss Nationality Verification for Migrant Workers

PHNOM PENH, Feb 14 (NNT) - Thailand's Labor Minister Adul Sangsingkeo and his Cambodian counterpart Ith Samheng discussed the nationality verification for undocumented migrant workers.

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Three New Judicial Commissioners of High Court appointed

Tan Puay Boon, Mavis Chionh and Ang Cheng Hock have been appointed as the Judicial Commissioners of the High Court by the President Halimah Yacob.

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Singapore must help shape International Law: Indranee

Senior Minister of State for Finance and Law Indranee Rajah urged that Singapore must actively help to shape International Law as its impact on domestic economic and social life will continue to grow.

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Experts from Asia affirm Need to push towards Convergence of Legal Frameworks to facilitate Cross-Border Data Flows

Singapore, Feb 7 - For the first time in Asia, representatives from government, data protection regulators, industry and the legal community across 19 countries met to discuss how to achieve a common Asian framework to share and transfer information across international borders.

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MAS Encourages Financial Institutions to use Technology to On-board Customers more Efficiently

Singapore, Feb 7 - The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has issued a new guidance to financial institutions (FIs) on the use of innovative technology solutions to facilitate safe, non-face-to-face customer on-boarding.

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State Courts launch Online Filing for Neighbour Disputes

The second phase of the State Courts’ Community Justice and Tribunals System (CJTS) was launched by the Community Justice and Tribunals Division (CJTD) today.

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ASEAN: Terrorism most serious Security Threat to Region

SINGAPORE, Feb 6 (Bernama) - The ASEAN Defence Ministers today unanimously identified terrorism as the most serious security threat to the region.

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ASEAN unanimously agreed on KSCIP Initiative

SINGAPORE, Feb 6 (Bernama) - All 10 ASEAN countries have agreed with the King Salman Center for International Peace (KSCIP) initiative, said Malaysian Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein.

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Law Society seeks to boost Gender Diversity

In a move to boost gender diversity in the legal industry, the Law Society has formed a task force to look at women-in-workplace issues like mentoring and office harassment.

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New Programme to help Legal Sector go Global

A new programme, Lawyers Go Global, was launched recently to help Singapore law firms take their practice abroad with overseas mission trips, training and marketing.

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