Drew & Napier’s IP department is one of the most robust in Singapore. Managing director Dedar Singh Gill leads the firm. Gill has been appointed as deputy president of the Copyright Tribunal. The team regularly represents prestigious clients such as McDonald’s, Asia Pacific Breweries, Sanofi Aventis Singapore, 3M and IBM. CapitaLand, Singtel, Mediacorp and Temasek Holdings are also clients.
Tony Yeo, highly-regarded by peers, is leading a case relating to trade mark infringement. He is advising Sentosa Development, the proprietor of the Sentosa trade mark. The defendants are alleged to have used, without the client’s consent, Sentosa on their medical products, which have been advertised and sold in Singapore and abroad. Sentosa Development is seeking an injunction to restrain the opposing parties from the use of the trade mark.
Separately, the firm defended StarHub Cable Vision (“SCV”), the sole cable television operator in Singapore, against a trade mark infringement matter brought by Fashion Television (“FT”). FT’s claim concerned the use of the fashiontv trade mark on the FTV channel which is being shown by SCV in Singapore. The firm’s client filed a counterclaim to revoke FT’s registered trade marks on the basis of non-use. Subsequently, the parties settled the dispute. On the non-contentious side, Drew & Napier displays expertise in trade marks and service marks, copyright and designs, licensing, distributorship, franchising and confidentiality agreements. “Definitely, a prominent team for any type of IP work,” a peer says of the firm.