Legal Updates

Legal Updates for Sep - 2018

Recent Legal Developments in Vietnam

This update sets out the recent developments in Vietnam, such as those relating to enterprise registration and Vietnam Standard Industrial Classification.

30 Sep 2018 | Vietnam

CCCS Issues Infringement Decision On Grab/Uber Merger
On 24 September 2018, the Competition and Consumer Commission of Singapore (“CCCS”) issued its final decision against Grab and Uber (the “Parties”) in relation to the sale of Uber’s Southeast Asian business to Grab in consideration of Uber holding a 27.5% stake in Grab. This Update provides a summary of the CCCS’s findings and the remedies imposed by the CCCS as a consequence.
26 Sep 2018 | Singapore

Personal Data Protection Update – Notice and Application under Section 43 of the Personal Data Protection Act 2010 to Prevent Processing for the Purpose of Direct Marketing

In this Personal Data Protection Update, we wish to bring to your attention the issuance of standard forms relating to direct marketing by the Personal Data Protection Commissioner on 18 September 2018.

21 Sep 2018 | Malaysia

Bill Introduced to Consolidate and Update Insolvency and Bankruptcy Laws
On 10th September 2018, the Insolvency, Restructuring and Dissolution Bill (the "Bill") was introduced in Parliament. The Bill is a significant development of Singapore's restructuring and insolvency framework, aiming to consolidate the personal and corporate insolvency laws, enhance the debt restructuring regime for more effective and streamlined operation, and introduce regulation of insolvency practitioners. In this Update, we take a look at the key elements of the Bill and the implications of the upcoming changes.
13 Sep 2018 | Singapore

CCCS Issues Guidance Note for Airline Alliance Agreements
Following a public consultation from 22 January 2018 to 12 February 2018, the Competition and Consumer Commission of Singapore ("CCCS") has issued its finalised Guidance Note for Airline Alliance Agreements ("Guidance Note") on 5 September 2018. Airline alliances are common in the aviation sector as a means for airlines to lower costs and compete more effectively by expanding their network structures and exploiting economies of scale. Whilst these alliances can enhance operational efficiencies and generate consumer benefits, they may raise competition concerns under Section 34 of the Competition Act which prohibits agreements that restrict competition in Singapore. This Update provides a summary of the Guidance Note and highlights the differences from the draft guidance note.
10 Sep 2018 | Singapore

Mandatory Recordation of Intellectual Property License Agreement

The Indonesian government has issued Government Regulation No. 36 of 2018 regarding the Recordation of Intellectual Property License Agreement ("GR No. 36/2018"). GR No. 36/2018 is the implementing regulation of Law No. 30 of 2000 regarding Trade Secrets, Law No. 31 of 2000 regarding Industrial Design, Law No. 32 of 2000 regarding Layout Designs of Integrated Circuits, Law No. 28 of 2014 regarding Copyright, Law No.13 of 2016 regarding Patent, and Law No. 20 of 2016 regarding Trademark and Geographical Indication. 

GR No. 36/2018, which came into effect on27 July 2018, contains provisions for the procedure of recordation of intellectual property ("IP") license agreement at the Directorate General of Intellectual Property ("DGIP"), including the documents that are required for the application for recordation. GR No. 36/2018 also contains provisions on the amendment and revocation of recordation of IP license agreement.

06 Sep 2018 | Indonesia

Guidelines on the Use, Collection and Disclosure of NRIC Numbers in Singapore
In November 2017, the Personal Data Protection Commission ("PDPC") launched a public consultation on the Proposed Advisory Guidelines on the Personal Data Protection Act ("PDPA") for National Registration Identification Card ("NRIC") Numbers, where feedback was sought on the proposed Advisory Guidelines on the Application of the PDPA to the Collection, Use and Disclosure of NRIC numbers (or copies of NRIC) and retention of physical NRICs by organisations ("Guidelines").

On 31 August 2018, the PDPC issued the finalised Guidelines, which will come into effect on 1 September 2019. This update aims to help businesses understand when they can collect NRIC numbers, and what measures they can take to ensure that their businesses comply with the Guidelines.
05 Sep 2018 | Singapore