A committee comprising mental-health experts, judges and lawyers has been set up to review homicide laws and the treatment of mentally disabled offenders. Chaired by Senior Minister of State for Law, Indranee Rajah, the 18-member committee will consider the definition of murder and how one should look at murder committed in the course of rape, violent sexual offences, or offences against very young people who are unable to protect themselves.
Other changes include the setting up of a third law school at SIM University and giving courts more discretion and flexibility in sentencing to ensure that the appropriate sentence is imposed in each case.
The committee, first mentioned during the Committee of Supply debate last year, is expected to make formal recommendations by June 2014.
RHTLaw Taylor Wessing’s Head of Litigation and Dispute Resolution, Mr Subhas Anandan has been appointed to the 18-member committee.
Jonathan Kok, Head of RHTLaw Taylor Wessing’s Intellectual Property and Technology Practice, has been appointed as a member of the Singapore Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (SDRP) Panel. The SDRP handles disputes over domain names in Singapore. The SDRP is jointly administered by the Singapore Mediation Centre and the Singapore International Arbitration Centre. The term of appointment is for a period of 2 years commencing on 1 April 2014.
RHTLaw Taylor Wessing’s Managing Partner Mr Tan Chong Huat, and Partner Ms Ch’ng Li-Ling from the Corporate and Securities Practice have been recognised as “Leading Lawyers” in the 2014 / 24th edition of IFLR1000.
IFLR1000 recognises the work of outstanding individuals. Recommendations are based on the law firm’s ranking, client feedback, transactional evidence and peer feedback. IFLR1000 Leading Lawyers are individuals who have proved themselves to be amongst the leading figures in their respective markets. As well as receiving recommendations from clients and peers, these individuals also have a clear track record of innovative work.
An increasing number of business leaders consider intellectual property laws to be a hindrance to doing business, the latest Global Intellectual Property Index (GP14) has found. Against this backdrop, Taylor Wessing launched the fourth Global Intellectual Property Index (GIP14). The Global Intellectual Property Index is the most comprehensive assessment of how intellectual property regimes around the world compare with each other. This 4th edition assesses the regimes of 36 jurisdictions, using more than 14,000 jurisdiction assessments.
Wun Rizwi, a Partner in RHTLaw Taylor Wessing LLP’s Intellectual Property and Technology group in Singapore and contributor to the GIPI report comments:
“Singapore’s ranking is notable for the most dramatic improvement amongst all the results with a movement of 30 places to the bottom of the data protection table, and this clearly results from the approval of its wide-ranging new data protection law. Here in Singapore, the success of a business is more dependent than ever on the effective management and protection of its intellectual property. As technology spawns new business models and creates new business opportunities and threats, new IP issues are constantly arising. It is heartening to see that in the face of growing challenges in this new era, the results of the index has shown that Singapore has kept pace with more developed economies in its laws on IP”.
Key Findings of GIP14
UK is the top ranked jurisdiction for IP competitiveness overall in a cluster (0.2% score difference) with German and Netherlands
The notable movers are New Zealand and Mexico, respectively up six places and down seven places.
Brazil sits in Tier 4 and at 31st position but it is hoped that the World Cup in 2014 and the Olympics in 2016 will lead to greater recognition of the value of IP within Brazil, which in turn may lead to improvements, particularly reducing delays in its system.
Singapore is ranked joint 12 in the overall GIPI 4 index. Singapore is one of the dramatic movers in the data protection table.
Notes to editors
About the Global IP Index
The Global Intellectual Property Index (GIPI) provides a comprehensive assessment of how the intellectual property (IP) regimes of 36 important jurisdictions compare with each other. Where applicable, each right – copyright, data protection, patents, trade marks and designs – is assessed as regards obtaining, exploiting, enforcing and attacking it.
The GIPI was developed by Taylor Wessing in May 2008 in association with the Z/Yen Group (compilers, in cooperation with the City of London Corporation, of the respected annual Global Financial Centres Index). The results are the statistical output from a worldwide survey of IP owners and users giving over 14,000 assessments, as weighted bearing in mind data from 74 objective sources (or ‘instrumental factors’).
We are pleased that previous editions of GIPI have attracted widespread comment. Reference has been made to them by IP creators, IP users, public officials and legislators. If this GIPI4 and our previous reports can assist both in stimulating and informing debate that leads to any improvement in the IP regimes of any of the 36 jurisdictions we have considered, or others we have not, then they will have achieved their aim.
The full report is available at www.rhtlawtaylorwessing.com or contact Abdul Malik, RHTLaw Taylor Wessing LLP:
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