Singapore Competition Watchdog Gains New Powers to Protect Consumers

On 1 April 2018, the Competition Commission of Singapore became the administrator of the Consumer Protection (Fair Trading) Act (CPFTA). To reflect this change, the Commission was renamed the Competition and Consumer Commission of Singapore (CCCS). The CPFTA is the predominant legislation for the protection of consumers against unfair trade practices in Singapore. The CCCS sees its expanded portfolio as reinforcing its mission of "making markets work well for the benefit of both consumers and businesses in Singapore".

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Proposed Amendments to the Registered Designs Act

Singapore's Registered Designs Act (Chapter 266) ("RDA") came into force in 2000. The RDA protects designs - meaning the shape, configuration, pattern or ornament applied to an article of manufacture by an industrial process - by granting the registered owner the exclusive right to make in Singapore, and to import into Singapore, articles for sale or hire to which the design is applied.

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Proposed Amendments to Singapore's Copyright Regime

A recent joint consultation paper published by the Ministry of Law (MinLaw) and the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS) sets out a number of proposed changes to Singapore's copyright laws.

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Singapore Updates List of Controlled Goods

The changes to the Singapore strategic goods control list, which took effect on 2 November 2015, align Singapore's strategic goods control list with the 2014 Wassenaar Arrangement Munitions List and the 2014 European Union's List of Dual-Use Items.

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