By: South-East Asia IPR SME Helpdesk Singapore is currently in the process of amending its patent regime. Major amendments concern the examination guidelines on isolated products from nature; third party observations; patent re-examination option; the examination guidelines on the new patents grace period and amendments to Patents Rules concerning patentable subject matter and supplementary examination. The aim of these proposed amendments is improving Singapore’s patent regime and further increasing the confidence of stakeholders and investors in Singapore’s patent regime  . RELATED: Corporate Establishment Services from Dezan Shira & Associates Patent examination guidelines on isolated products from nature In order to have a more balanced patent regime, the Singapore Government is proposing to clarify the distinction between ‘inventions’ and ‘discoveries’ as applied to the issue of isolated products found in nature. According to the new proposal ... » Learn More about Proposed Changes to Singapore’s Patent Regime – ASEAN Business News
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A tarpaulin poster reminding the public to wear face masks is installed at the busy corner of Quezon Avenue and Agham Road in Quezon City. With COVID-19 cases in Metro Manila remains high, the Department of Health says people should not be complacent and continue observing minimum health and safety protocols. This photo was taken in June 2021. (File photo by NIÑO JESUS ORBETA / Philippine Daily Inquirer) MANILA, Philippines — The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of the Emerging Infectious Diseases released on Monday a list of businesses establishments and activities that will be allowed in Metro Manila once its local government units start the pilot run on of granular lockdowns and new alert level system on Sept. 16. READ: Metro Manila to start pilot run of new COVID-19 alert level system on Sept. 16 Under the new alert system, determining which activities are allowed will depend on the so-called 3Cs: Will the activity be conducted in areas that are closed, crowded, ... » Learn More about What businesses, activities are allowed under new COVID-19 alert level system?
PRECAUTION Barriers have been set up in several villages in Pasay City to prohibit nonresidents from going in and out of these communities as Metro Manila undergoes granular lockdown to contain the spread of COVID-19. INQUIRER file photo / MARIANNE BERMUDEZ MANILA, Philippines — The government’s new strategy of piloting granular lockdowns in Metro Manila is based on data showing 80 percent of COVID-19 cases detected in the region were only found in 11 percent to 30 percent of its barangays, a Department of Health (DOH) official explained Tuesday. “Ito pong policy shift na pinaguusapan natin, it came from the analysis of our data showing that whenever we put these areas under lockdown, pag tinignan natin, yung 80 percent ng mga bagong kaso natin ay actually hindi naman po sa lahat ng barangay ng buong siyudad or buong munisipyo,” DOH epidemiology bureau director Alethea de Guzman said during a Palace briefing. (The policy shift we’re talking about, came from the analysis of our ... » Learn More about Gov’t opts for granular lockdowns as NCR COVID cases only come from few barangays
HONG KONG: Sea Ltd, a Southeast Asian e-commerce and gaming company, plans to raise $6.3 billion in a share and convertible bond sale in one of the region's largest ever capital raisings, according to the firm's regulatory filing. The Singapore-headquartered company is looking to sell 11 million American Depository Receipts (ADRs), with the option to offer 1.65 million more as part of a so-called greenshoe option, Sea said in its filing on Thursday. It is also raising $2.5 billion in a convertible bond that has a $375 million greenshoe attached. At Sea's closing stock price of $343.8 in New York on Wednesday, the share sale could raise up to $3.8 billion. This is the second major fund raising in less than a year for the $185 billion company that is looking to scale up its global expansion. Sea, Southeast Asia's top company by market capitalisation, said it plans to use the proceeds for general corporate purposes, including strategic investments and acquisitions. In December ... » Learn More about Sea seeks US$6.3bil in one of Southeast Asia’s biggest fundraisings
(FILE) Senate President and Commission on Appointments (CA) chairman Vicente C. Sotto III bangs the gavel as he presides over the hybrid plenary session of the CA on the confirmation of the nominations and ad interim appointments of 20 foreign service officials and 40 senior officers of the Armed Forces of the Philippines Wednesday, September 1, 2020. All the nominees and appointees were confirmed by the commission during the session. (Alex Nueva España/Senate PRIB) MANILA, Philippines — Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III is the only senator who was physically present in the Senate among six senators who scored perfect attendance during the 2nd regular session of the 18th Congress. The other senators in the list are Senators Miguel Zubiri, Franklin Drilon, Sherwin Gatchalian, Risa Hontiveros, and Joel Villanueva. In a statement, Sotto said he took it upon himself to see to it to be physically present in all the sessions as the senate president. “I have always taken my ... » Learn More about Sotto physically present in the Senate amid pandemic
In recent years, the name Jojo Bragais has become synonymous to the nude platform pageant heels which have been the official shoes of the Binibining Pilipinas pageant since 2015. His is the go-to shoes of beauty queens because they are extremely comfortable to wear, allow them to do their best runway, while giving them an extra few inches in height. More importantly, they love the man who makes the shoes. (READ: Catching up with Team Catriona Gray ) In the past few years, I would occasionally see Jojo in the pageant scene and he was always friendly. In sharing a lot of moments during the Miss Universe in Bangkok, I got to know a little more about him. Recently, I sat down with Jojo in his newly opened Bragais Store in Quezon City. Jojo Albao Bragais grew up in Albay, Bicol to Diomedes and Elsie Bragais. He is the youngest of 4 siblings. He is a licensed midwife and nurse by profession – but he never got to practice and fate led him to shoemaking. ... » Learn More about Designer Spotlight: Jojo Bragais
PETALING JAYA: The government will channel a total of RM500mil to help small and medium enterprises (SMEs) through the Prihatin Special Grant (GKP) 4.0 beginning Sept 21, says Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob. The Prime Minister said that the grant, which is a component of the Economic Recovery Package (Pemulih), will benefit more than one million recipients. The RM500 aid for an SME will be channelled twice - in September and November. Ismail Sabri said the aid will be channelled directly into the bank accounts registered with the GKP system and that the status of the GKP 4.0 can be checked at gkp.hasil.gov.my. He added that so far, RM6.08bil has been channelled to the SMEs under the GKP since the Covid-19 pandemic began. “I hope that this aid will be able to revive the SME sector, which happens to be the engine of economic growth for the Malaysian Family. “The government will give priority to industry players because they have been among the sectors most affected during the ... » Learn More about Govt to channel RM500mil aid to SMEs from Sept 21, says PM
FILE PHOTO: Senator Richard Gordon and President Rodrigo Duterte. INQUIRER FILE PHOTOS MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte admitted being confused about Senator Richard Gordon’s recent moves, as the latter used testimonies and documents provided by a former cop whom Gordon himself wanted arrested before. Duterte was talking about former police Col. Eduardo Acierto, who was the subject of a blue ribbon committee investigation in 2019 about the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) reports on magnetic lifters containing shabu worth P11 billion. Fast forward to 2021, Gordon — still the head of the poweful blue ribbon committee — is asking people dragged into the probe about Pharmally Pharmaceutical Corp. based on the documents and accusations made by Acierto. “Tignan mo itong utak ni Gordon, pati ‘yong Senado mismo. ‘Yong tao they recommended indictment of these persons, itong si (former PDEA deputy director general Ismael) Fajardo pati si Acierto. And yet now, ... » Learn More about Gordon’s flip-flop confuses Duterte: Before they want Acierto charged, now they use his testimony?
Follow us on Telegram for the latest updates: https://t.me/mothershipsg It is worrying that the Progress Singapore Party (PSP) is calling for policies that are not only short-sighted, but also protectionist and harmful to Singaporeans, Manpower Minister Tan See Leng said in Parliament on Sep. 14. Speaking in support of the motion by Minister for Finance Lawrence Wong on securing Singaporeans’ livelihoods, Tan said that the PSP's equivocation about free trade agreements (FTAs), along with the racial connotations underlying the issue, had been misleading and dangerous. Tan characterised PSP's stance as such: "It seems the PSP would want us to take a more effortless route – and simply target the '400,000 foreign PMETs' they say are here...Can the PSP explain how all of its suggestions will not dampen Singapore’s attractiveness to foreign investors and cause poorer outcomes for the vast majority?" Rather, the solution is to invest heavily in developing Singapore's ... » Learn More about PSP is calling for policies that are short-sighted, protectionist & harmful to S’poreans: Tan See Leng
Haven’t you heard? The National Steps Challenge Season 6 is about to begin, on Oct 1, 2021! This will run through March 31, 2022. Now heartland uncles and aunties will have something to do in between episodes of Vincenzo! If you have no clue what this whole “HPB step challenge” thingy is, but are intrigued by rumours of a free wearable steps tracker and shopping vouchers just for walking around , you’ve come to the right place. I’m going to tell you all about the HPB Steps Challenge, what free stuff you can get, and how to sign your lazy ass up. This article is NOT sponsored by the Health Promotion Board. Don’t anyhow say me. I’m just very committed to getting freebies from the government. Tell me all about National Steps Challenge Season 6! In case you’ve been living under a rock this whole time, the Health Promotion Board’s National Steps Challenge is one of the easiest and fastest ways to earn government-sponsored freebies. It’s free for all members of ... » Learn More about National Steps Challenge Season 6 – guide to registration, steps tracker collection & rewards