November 11, 2015

Head of Intellectual Property & Technology Practice Jonathan Kok quoted in The Straits Times

RHTLaw Taylor Wessing’s Head of Intellectual Property and Technology Practice Jonathan Kok was quoted in The Straits Times article titled “Live stream going mainstream”. The article highlighted how newer social media apps Periscope and Snapchat, which supports live video streaming and posting of short video clips respectively, are creating a video revolution. While Snapchat is far from overtaking traditional social media outlet Facebook in terms of its more than a billion users worldwide, it boasts the fastest growth of all current social media portals with more than 100 million active users. As for Periscope, a statement released by the company in August indicated that there were more than 10 million active users. These video streaming apps allow instant and active interaction between users and their audience as they post real-time content. As a result of the video revolution, increasing legal issues related to copyright or licensed content being streamed online without authorisation are surfacing. Jonathan remarked that posting copyrighted material such as streaming live concerts or sporting events can be seen as copyright infringement by organisers who own the broadcast rights. The full article can be found under the Lifestyle section of The Straits Times dated 9 November 2015.
November 11, 2015

RHTLaw Taylor Wessing Partner Wun Rizwi contributed to a Bloomberg BNA publication titled “Bloomberg Law: Privacy & Data Security”

RHTLaw Taylor Wessing’s Intellectual Property & Technology Partner Wun Rizwi contributed to the Singapore Chapter of the Bloomberg BNA publication titled “Bloomberg Law: Privacy & Data Security”. The publication highlights the importance of privacy and data security in developing business strategies and solutions. The publication outlines issues arising from and relating to data protection regulations and privacy compliance requirements around the world and Rizwi’s contribution focussed on the position in Singapore. Bloomberg BNA is a wholly-own subsidiary of Bloomberg and is a leading source of legal, tax, regulatory and business information for professionals. The full publication can be found at www.bna.com/bloomberg-law-privacy-data-security.
November 11, 2015

RHTLaw Taylor Wessing together with Taylor Wessing sponsored Singapore Investment Seminars in China 2015

Organised by the Singapore China Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCCI), RHTLaw Taylor Wessing together with Taylor Wessing sponsored the annual Singapore Investment Seminars in China 2015 event. Various local governmental authorities in China partnered the event with the purpose of introducing Singapore and the regional markets to the audience and also promoting the region as a business hub. There were four seminars that took place and they were held in Suzhou, Kunming, Jinan and Shanghai in April, June, August and November respectively. RHTLaw Taylor Wessing’s Partner Amanda Chen and Legal Manager Ian Li presented on foreign investment laws and regulations in Singapore as well as shared their experiences on cross-border transactions within the region. The attendees comprised large sized state owned entities and private companies which have existing investments or are interested in investing in Singapore and the region.
November 11, 2015

RHTLaw Taylor Wessing Managing Partner Tan Chong Huat shared his views on “Better healthcare for all” in this week’s Views from the Top

RHTLaw Taylor Wessing’s Managing Partner Tan Chong Huat shared his views in this week’s topic in the Business Times’ weekly column, Views from the Top. This article was first published in The Business Times on 9 November 2015. Better health care for all NOV 9, 2015 5:50 AM THIS WEEK'S TOPIC: What are the hallmarks of a good healthcare system? How else, if at all, might Singapore's MediShield Life scheme be tweaked to ensure healthcare costs remain affordable for an ageing population? Tan Chong Huat Managing Partner RHT Law Taylor Wessing  LLP A GOOD healthcare system delivers quality health services to all the people. Although Singapore's healthcare expenditure is lower than other developed countries', our system was ranked sixth by the World Health Organisation in 2000 and ranked the most efficient by Bloomberg in 2014. The challenge ahead is finding ways to keep healthcare costs affordable as our population ages. In our insurance practice's view, there are three ways to do this. Firstly, we note that a majority of employers provide healthcare benefits which overlap with MediShield Life. The integration of the two types of plans will save unnecessary  costs. Secondly, the inculcation of a healthy lifestyle is important as prevention is better (and cheaper) as opposed to a cure. Finally and perhaps the most difficult, managing the healthcare providers' costs in terms of unnecessary treatment, costly tests and expensive medicine. Inflated claims have always been the bane of the insurance industry.