September 25, 2017

Intellectual Property & Technology Partner Jack Ow invited to speak at the DatacenterDynamics>Zettastructure Digital Infrastructure Conference

RHTLaw Taylor Wessing Intellectual Property & Technology Partner Jack Ow was invited as a speaker for a cybersecurity panel discussion at DCD>Zettastructure Digital Infrastructure Summit organised by Datacenter Dynamics. The conference is part of the organiser’s South East Asia Datacenter Week. This marks the 2nd of its global conference series. Jack contributed to the panel discussion titled “Cyber-security in the Hybrid IT environment” by sharing legal and regulatory considerations in cybersecurity  for a hybrid IT environment. The other panellists comprised David Nagrosst, CISSP, Head of Sales, APJ of Cyxtera Technologies; Jason Wells, CEO of QCC Global (Asia); John Lee, Partner at Digital Paws and Paul Lothian, Director of KPMG Cybersecurity Practice. The two-day conference from 20-21 September 2017 was held at the Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre featuring various discussion panels, presentations, interactive workshops, roundtables, data centre tours and an expo showcasing the latest technologies.
September 22, 2017

Intellectual Property & Technology Partner Jack Ow was featured in Asia Business Law Journal on the increasingly stringent legal frameworks concerning data protection and cybersecurity in the APAC region

Intellectual Property & Technology Partner Jack Ow was featured in the article ‘Space Invaders,’ published in Asia Business Law Journal on data protection and cybersecurity of technology in the legal sector. The article was first published on 19 September 2017. With the recent increase in cyber attacks, Asia Business Law Journal explores how the once abstract concepts of data protection and cybersecurity are quickly gaining traction. There is a clear trend that legal frameworks are becoming more stringent in Asia Pacific (APAC) countries. One such example is Singapore’s recent draft Cybersecurity Bill, in which Jack commented, “The Cybersecurity Bill gives the Cyber Security Agency (CSA) powers to require any person to assist and co-operate in investigations, and also to take steps to prevent and respond to cybersecurity threats and cybersecurity incidents.” Regulations concerning the transfer of personal data across jurisdictions are likewise becoming more stringent. “Where international transfers of personal data are concerned, then it is an express requirement under the Personal Data Protection Act (PDPA) that the transferring party must ensure, before transferring personal data overseas, that the receiving foreign party is bound by legally enforceable obligations to provide a standard of protection that is at least comparable to the standard of protection prescribed in Singapore,” Jack advised. While many believe APAC countries could consider adopting standards to facilitate cross-border data transfer through a harmonisation of the various regimes, Jack rationalised that with differing levels of economic development, harmonisation is likely to face a stumbling block. However, he shared a reason for optimism. “The cross-border exchange of digital goods, services and even ideas between Asian economies could very well be a key driver toward harmonisation in order to facilitate and regulate intra-Asia trade.” Please click here to view the full article, as published in the Asia Business Law Journal.
September 22, 2017

RHTLaw Taylor Wessing proud to host a UK delegation comprising more than 20 Innovative Companies

RHTLaw Taylor Wessing was proud to host a UK delegation comprising more than 20 Innovative Companies at the office on 22 September 2017. Head of Regulatory Practice Nizam Ismail gave the introductory speech, showcasing the Firm’s strengths in technology and in assisting companies to expand to the region. Other presenters comprised Jayaprakash Jagateesan, CEO of RHT Holdings; Kok-Chin Tay, Chairman of SG100 Foundation; Emma Greenfield, Head of Events and Promotion at Enterprise Nation and Ashish Kothari, Director of Tech Singapore Advocates. The delegation was in Singapore to understand about the creative technology landscape as well as connect with agencies, government representatives and accelerators. This exclusive event was organised in conjunction with Enterprise Nation, UK Department of International Trade and SG100 Foundation. The team was part of Enterprise Network’s larger network of 70,000 start-up entrepreneurs, small business owners and enterprise experts who were in Singapore for a three day exploratory trade mission focusing on technology, digital and creative industries.
September 21, 2017

Head of Intellectual Property & Technology Jonathan Kok comments that the original creator of content usually owns the copyright to it, in The Straits Times article titled “Property listings portal sues rival for copyright infringement”

RHTLaw Taylor Wessing's Head of Intellectual Property & Technology Jonathan Kok commented that the original creator of content usually owns the copyright to it, in The Straits Times article titled “Property listings portal sues rival for copyright infringement”. The article was first published on 21 September 2017. Property listings portal sues rival for copyright infringement Source: The Straits Times © Singapore Press Holdings Ltd. Date: 21 September 2017 Author: Rachel Au-Yong Singapore's biggest property listings portal PropertyGuru has sued its rival 99.co over alleged copyright infringement, accusing the latter of reproducing content from its website without permission. Yesterday marked the start of the six-day trial, which is being watched for its implications on who owns the copyright of content uploaded onto online platforms. At issue in the ongoing case is the use of a third-party digital app called Xpressor, which lets property agents post listings across multiple portals - resulting in several listings on 99.co bearing PropertyGuru's watermark. PropertyGuru, which was founded here in 2007 by Finn Jani Rautiainen and Briton Steve Melhuish, has said it has the business of half the 28,000 licensed agents in Singapore. 99.co, a relative newcomer, was set up in 2014 by entrepreneur Darius Cheung and counts Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin among its backers. PropertyGuru filed three claims against 99.co. It alleges that 99.co had breached a previous settlement agreement made in September 2015. 99.co "substantially reproduced and continues to reproduce" content from its website, said PropertyGuru.   Implications beyond property sector Intellectual property lawyers are watching the court case involving PropertyGuru and 99.co closely. The case raises questions about who owns the copyright on images of properties taken by housing agents, and could have implications beyond the property industry. PropertyGuru is alleging that 99.co infringed its copyright by posting content from its website on the latter's, among other things. But 99.co has countered that property agents were exercising their rights to their own content. Robinson LLC lawyer Cyril Chua said for a site, or any other party, to claim copyright on the content, there must have been sufficient skill, effort, labour and judgment to change it. "If I draw a version of the Mona Lisa with different hair, I own the copyright to that parody. The question is whether resizing it and signing my name can warrant me calling it a new piece of art," he said. RHTLaw Taylor Wessing intellectual property lawyer Jonathan Kok said the scope of rights acquired by a site depends on whether the terms of use state that it is full or partial transfer of ownership. The general rule has been that whoever created the work owns the copyright in it unless he signs a written agreement and transfers ownership. A quick check showed that popular sites like Facebook and Pinterest do not own the copyright on images hosted on their sites. Others, such as sales listing site Carousell, state that users infringe copyright if they post images of items taken by other users or off their original websites. Amica Law's Jason Chan said there could be other issues such as ownership of copyright to a listing and their images when agents co-broke a deal. It is also accusing 99.co of infringing its copyright by reproducing photos bearing the PropertyGuru watermark on 99.co's website. The final claim is that 99.co had caused property agents to breach PropertyGuru's rules about content on its website by encouraging them to sign up with Xpressor to copy their listings from PropertyGuru onto 99.co's website. According to PropertyGuru's Acceptable Use Policy, agents cannot reproduce, display or provide access to its website on another site. 99.co has denied the claims, and has filed a counterclaim against PropertyGuru for "groundless threats" of copyright infringement. It argues that agents were "exercising their own copyright" in using Xpressor to post listings across multiple websites. It is also saying that it has not reproduced PropertyGuru's photos; rather, agents themselves have done so by using Xpressor. Yesterday, Mr Rautiainen, PropertyGuru's managing director, was cross-examined by 99.co's lawyer Koh Chia Ling. Mr Koh sought to establish that the act of resizing or putting a watermark on an agent's photo does not give PropertyGuru copyright over the new image. But Mr Rautiainen disagreed, citing a "high-level technical process" that allows agents' original photos to be adjusted, pixelated and resized, then have a watermark imprinted on them. He also said that the only available alternative site for Xpressor to cross-post listings to was 99.co. According to Xpressor's Facebook page, it allows cross-post listings across nine property portals, including PropertyGuru and 99.co. But when questioned by Mr Koh, Mr Rautiainen said there was never any infringement of copyright by Xpressor's parent company, Media Publishing Group. The trial continues today.