Ruby Tham

Director, Intellectual Property

Qualifications

  • LL.B. (Hons), National University of Singapore (2005)
  • Admitted to the Singapore Bar (2006)
  • Solicitor, England and Wales (2009)

Ruby has more than 12 years’ of experience in contentious and non-contentious Intellectual Property (IP) practice, with a focus on trade marks, passing off, domain name recovery, and copyright law. Ruby regularly advises on global brand strategy, trade mark clearance, prosecution and active portfolio management.

She also advises on available government funding and tax schemes relating to IP.

Ruby actively handles IP enforcement (trade marks, passing off, copyright, registered designs and domain name recovery) and contentious matters, with significant experience trade mark opposition, invalidation, and revocation actions. On the transactional front, Ruby’s work includes negotiating and drafting IP-related agreements arising from the acquisition or licensing of IP rights and IP due diligence.

Ruby has a keen interest in technology and regularly advises on compliance with local regulations and best practices relating to the use and protection of IP. Ruby’s clients hail from a broad range of industries, including telecommunications, entertainment media, technology, engineering, chemical, food and beverage, fashion, business management, fast moving consumer goods (FMCG), cosmetics, education, medical and pharmaceuticals.

Here is a sampling of matters that Ruby has worked on:

  • Compagnie Des Montres Longines, Francillon S.A. (Longines Watch Co., Francillon Ltd.) v POINT tec Products Electronic GmbH [2020] SGIPOS 9 in which Ruby successfully acted for POINT tec in defending an opposition by Longines to POINT tec’s trade mark for watches.
  • Combe International Ltd v Dr. August Wolff GmbH & Co. KG Arzneimittel [2020] SGIPOS 3 in which Ruby represented the registered proprietor, Dr August Wolff of the “VAGISAN” mark in an invalidation action brought by Combe International based on its “VAGISIL” mark. Ruby is also acting in the appeal which is pending before the High Court.
  • Teraoka Seiko Co., Ltd v Digi International Inc. [2020] SGIPOS 1 in which Ruby assisted in the successful opposition by Teraoka Seiko to Digi’s application for a similar mark in respect of goods and services related to the Internet of Things (IoT).
  • Ozone Community Corp v Advance Magazine Publishers Inc [2010] SGHC 16 in which Ruby represented Ozone Community Corp in the Trade Marks Registry, High Court and Court of Appeal, where she successfully secured the registration of Ozone’s “HYSTERIC GLAMOUR” trade mark.
  • Pierre Fabre Medicament v Dabur Pharma Limited [2009] SGIPOS 15 in which Ruby successfully represented Pierre Fabre in opposing Dabur’s trade mark application for the “VINELBINE” trade mark. This was a landmark decision as this was the first time that a local tribunal considered the issue of whether a brand which was similar to an International Non-Proprietary Name (the active ingredient “VINORELBINE” in this case) could be registered as a trade mark.

World Trade Mark Review 1000

Prosecution and Strategy 2020 – Endorsed Individual

Ruby Tham is a stalwart in the prosecution practice and a force to be reckoned with in opposition and invalidation proceedings.”

  • Assessor, Panel of Assessors for COVID-19 Temporary Relief, Ministry of Law
  • Member, Law Society of Singapore
  • Member, Singapore Academy of Law
  • Member, Law Society of England and Wales
  • Member, Licensing Executives Society (LES)
  • Member, Institute of Singapore Trade Mark Agents