Protecting your IP is the first step towards safeguarding your interest in your IP rights. There is little point in spending vast amounts of money to protect your rights if rights-owners cannot enforce their rights effectively.
What should you do if someone else is using your IP? We are specialists in the enforcement of IP rights with over 25 years of experience in this area. Singapore relies on its robust judicial system and trustworthy enforcement authorities to protect IP rights through both the civil and criminal courts.
We have a team of freelance investigators who regularly conduct market surveys and surveillance on suspected targets on behalf of our clients. They detect and secure sample purchases of infringing or counterfeit goods, and we will thereafter provide commercially-driven advice to our clients which could include taking criminal or civil action.
Technology has spurred the growth and potential of businesses across every industry in the last 10 years. With this, e-commerce has flourished and more people are trading online to reach a wider network and audience. We conduct market intelligence and monitor the online space, including websites, social media platforms, e-commerce marketplaces, mobile application stores and search engines. Our services include swift take-downs, obtaining evidence from online users, and taking any necessary legal action to safeguard our clients’ rights.
Raids and Criminal Prosecution
We work closely with enforcement authorities to organize and expedite raids and seizures of counterfeit goods, as well as provide assistance in the authentication of the goods. Authorities will prosecute infringers in the criminal courts, where the penalties could include a stiff fine or imprisonment.
We also conduct private investigations and initiate raids on behalf of brand owners to seize counterfeits and ensure that our clients’ IP rights are protected and respected. In appropriate cases, we can apply to the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) for a fiat to prosecute the infringers on AGC’s behalf.
Under Singapore law, it is possible for counterfeit goods to be seized and detained when they are being transshipped through Singapore. We work closely with border enforcement officials to interdict counterfeit goods and prevent their circulation and trade throughout the world.
Training and Awareness
We believe that it is important to educate the public and work closely with the authorities to protect IP on a wider level. We lobby with government agencies and engage relevant stakeholders and partners to collaborate to achieve strategic, mutually beneficial and commercially viable results. We also conduct brand training sessions with the relevant enforcement authorities to familiarize them with our clients’ IP rights and products.
Enforcement in the Region
We also work with our trusted associates within the region to provide a comprehensive enforcement package. The ASEAN market is growing exponentially and we believe that a country-specific enforcement program is necessary to tackle the unique challenges in each country.