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Intellectual Property


In today’s knowledge economy, a large part of the value of your business is based on intangible assets and goodwill. Your intellectual property plays a key role in obtaining a competitive advantage. A cohesive IP strategy, including both commercialisation and enforcement, will ensure you get maximum value from your portfolio. With 150 specialist lawyers in 34 countries, we understand your business needs and have worked with some of the best-known brands, from banks to tech companies, pharmaceuticals and FMCG companies. This industry-specific approach can help you realise your commercial goals.

The right brands will win the hearts and minds of your customers. The right patents will prevent others exploiting your ideas or provide a substantial barrier to market access. Copyright, confidentiality and rights to designs also play a vital role. We focus on key sectors relevant to you such as lifesciences, automotive, manufacturing, consumer products, financial services and TMC. This means you get in-depth industry knowledge as well as legal expertise.

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1 September 2017
CMS form­al­ises law al­li­ance with Hol­born Law in Singa­pore
In­ter­na­tion­al law firm CMS is pleased to an­nounce a form­al law al­li­ance (FLA) between its Singa­pore of­fice and Singa­pore law prac­tice Hol­born Law LLC.
22 April 2020
CMS Ex­pert Guide to COV­ID-19's im­pact on IP leg­al tim­ings
As in all as­pects of busi­ness, COV­ID-19 is im­pact­ing the world of IP and the po­s­i­tion is con­stantly chan­ging. To help you pri­or­it­ise and plan, the Glob­al IP prac­tice at CMS has put to­geth­er an over­view of COV­ID-19's cur­rent im­pact on pro­ced­ur­al timetables be­fore courts, na­tion­al in­tel­lec­tu­al prop­erty of­fices and key in­ter­na­tion­al IP in­sti­tu­tions.
22 September 2020
New Trade Mark Re­gis­tra­tion Sys­tem in My­an­mar from 1 Oc­to­ber 2020
This art­icle is pro­duced by CMS Hol­born Asia, a Form­al Law Al­li­ance between CMS Singa­pore and Hol­born Law LLC. The Min­istry of Com­merce of My­an­mar has an­nounced that the soft open­ing peri­od for re-fil­ing...
2 May 2017
CMS, Nabarro and Olswang com­plete ground­break­ing mer­ger
CMS UK, Nabarro and Olswang today an­nounce the com­ple­tion of their trans­form­a­tion­al mer­ger, cre­at­ing the 6th largest law firm glob­ally by head­count. Trad­ing as CMS, and with 70 of­fices across 39 coun­tries, the new firm blends scale with an ex­cep­tion­al dep
07 September 2020
APAC Monthly IP Up­date  – Au­gust 2020 
China Up­dated draft of amend­ment to PRC Copy­right law pub­lished for pub­lic con­sulta­tion On 17 Au­gust 2020, law­makers pub­lished the second draft of the Amend­ment to the Copy­right Law of People’s Re­pub­lic...
18 August 2020
SAL Law Re­form Com­mit­tee Re­ports on Ar­ti­fi­cial In­tel­li­gence
The Singa­pore Academy of Law (SAL) Law Re­form Com­mit­tee (LRC) set up a Sub­com­mit­tee on Ro­bot­ics and Ar­ti­fi­cial In­tel­li­gence (Sub­com­mit­tee), to re­view and make re­com­mend­a­tions on the ap­plic­a­tion of the...
13 August 2020
Sus­tain­able food pro­gress may close glob­al reg­u­lat­ory gap
In­nov­a­tion in the sus­tain­able food sec­tor is for­ging ahead at a re­mark­able pace. Our cur­rent food sources ac­count for nearly one-third of glob­al GHG emis­sions while con­sumers are in­creas­ingly bet­ter edu­cated...
30 July 2020
APAC Monthly IP Up­date  – Ju­ly 2020 
China China pub­lishes second draft of amend­ment to PRC pat­ent law On 3 Ju­ly 2020, law­makers pub­lished the second draft of the Amend­ment to the Pat­ent Law of People’s Re­pub­lic of China, which will be...
08 July 2020
“WIPO PROOF”: WIPO’s new on­line ser­vice which helps in­nov­at­ors and cre­at­ors...
The World In­tel­lec­tu­al Prop­erty Or­gan­isa­tion (WIPO) re­cently launched its new on­line busi­ness ser­vice, “WIPO PROOF”. The plat­form aims to help in­nov­at­ors and cre­at­ors safe­guard their in­tel­lec­tu­al...
24 June 2020
APAC Monthly IP Up­date  – June 2020 
China Pas­sage of the PRC Civil Code and its im­pact on in­tel­lec­tu­al prop­erty rights The Civil Code of People’s Re­pub­lic of China (the “PRC Civil Code”) was pub­lished on 28 May 2020 and comes in­to...
10 June 2020
Pub­lic con­sulta­tion pro­pos­ing li­cens­ing con­di­tions and Code of Con­duct...
This art­icle is pro­duced by CMS Hol­born Asia, a Form­al Law Al­li­ance between CMS Singa­pore and Hol­born Law LLC. On 03 June 2020, the Min­istry of Law and the In­tel­lec­tu­al Prop­erty Of­fice of Singa­pore (“IPOS”)...
04 May 2020
EPO Board of ap­peal re­mits to ex­amin­ing di­vi­sion when pri­or art search...
In Mod­el de­term­in­a­tion sys­tem/Ac­cen­ture Glob­al Ser­vices Lim­ited (Case T-1159/15), the board of ap­peal finds that need to per­form a pri­or art search con­sti­tutes a spe­cial reas­on to re­mit the ap­peal ap­plic­a­tion...