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Sun Electric Pte Ltd v Sunseap Group Pte Ltd and others

In this patent infringement action, the plaintiff, Sun Electric Pte Ltd ("the Plaintiff”), made an application under O 18 r 19 of the Rules of Court (Cap 322, R 5, 2014 Rev Ed) ("ROC”) to strike out certain parts of the amended defence and counterclaim dated 17 February 2017 ("the Defence and Counterclaim”) and the particulars of objection dated 5 January 2017 ("the Particulars of Objection”). Although the learned Assistant Registrar Justin Yeo ("the AR”) agreed with the Plaintiff on two out of the three issues raised at the hearing below, the outcome for practical purposes was that the defendants’ counterclaim was substantially allowed to remain as it was....

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Data breach victims can sue Yahoo in the United States: judge

Yahoo can be sued by victims of data breach that compromised accounts of three billion users
Yahoo has been ordered by a federal judge to face much of a lawsuit in the United States claiming that the personal information of all 3 billion users was compromised in a series of data breaches. In a decision on Friday night, U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose, California rejected a bid by Verizon Communications Inc, which bought Yahoo’s Internet business last June, to dismiss many claims, including for negligence and breach of contract. Koh dismissed some other claims. She had previously denied Yahoo’s bid to dismiss some unfair competition claims.

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Crocs loses EU court battle over patent claim

Intellectual property
Crocs, manufacturer of plastic clogs, too late when it sought patent in 2004
Crocs, the manufacturer of a range of plastic clogs, has lost a battle to protect its design from copycats. Judges in Luxembourg backed a decision by the EU’s intellectual property office (EUIPO) in 2016 to cancel legal protection for the shoe. The European court of justice agreed that as the clog had made its debut at a boat show in Florida in 2002 and had featured on the company’s website, Crocs was too late when it sought its patent in 2004.

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