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April 27, 2017

RHTLaw Taylor Wessing Partner (Foreign Lawyer) Erwan Barre invited to speak at Financial Times Asia Healthcare & Life Sciences Summit

RHTLaw Taylor Wessing Partner (Foreign Lawyer) Erwan Barre was invited to speak at the Financial Times (FT) Asia Healthcare & Life Sciences Summit: Shaping the future of healthcare. Erwan was interviewed by FT’s Singapore Correspondent on his expert opinion regarding the “Legal implications of health tech”, as health technology is a rapidly growing industry in Asia, with more and more investments across the region. RHTLaw Taylor Wessing was the only law firm to be represented at the Summit. With technological innovations increasingly shaking up the practice of healthcare, this raises legal concerns among stakeholders about intellectual property rights, data privacy, and the legal ramifications of financing health tech products and services, among other issues. He discussed about the legal stumbling blocks for health tech companies, regulators and investors, and shared how the relevant stakeholders can best protect themselves. The Summit on 25 April 2017 was held in Singapore. Various industry experts from the government as well as private sectors convened to address the latest developments of the transforming healthcare landscape and what the future holds for Asia. Chief Executive Officers, Chief Medical Officers and other senior business and government leaders were invited to examine how initiatives taken today will change the healthcare geography of tomorrow. The keynote address was given by CEO of Integrated Health Information Systems and CIO of Ministry of Health, Bruce Liang.
April 27, 2017

Head of Intellectual Property & Technology Practice Jonathan Kok quoted in The Straits Times on the potential legal liabilities application companies could face

RHTLaw Taylor Wessing Head of Intellectual Property & Technology Practice Jonathan Kok was quoted in The Straits Times on the topic of measures to keep live streaming applications’ content in check. The article was first published in The Sunday Times on 26 April 2017. Measures in place to keep content in check Source: Straits Times © Singapore Press Holdings Ltd. Date: 27 Apr 2017 Author: Lester Hio When Bigo Live launched last year, the app quickly gained notoriety from streamers dressing provocatively and toeing the fine line between performing and explicit content. Now, both Bigo Live and BeLive, aware that people will abuse the adage that sex sells for the prospect of easy money by strutting their stuff in front of a camera, have measures in place to keep content clean. Both apps have age restrictions in place. Streamers who show explicit content are banned, as are users who use profanity or make abusive and derogatory remarks. "Censorship moderators and artificial-intelligence censors are available 24/7 to monitor content, and live streamers who fail to abide by the rules risk a permanent ban," said a Bigo Live spokesman. BeLive takes it one step further by banning the mobile phones of repeat offenders, using the phone's Unique Device Identifier so that banned users can't access the app. BeLive moderators are also alerted each time a new stream is started, and will monitor it for unsavoury content. "It can be quite obvious from the first five minutes of the streamer's opening act what he or she is up to," said BeLive co-founder Lim Kim Hui. Such concerns are potential legal pitfalls that both companies want to avoid in order to sustain the business. "If an app company comes to know about an obscene video but does nothing about it, then the app company could be liable," said lawyer Jonathan Kok, head of intellectual property and technology at RHTLaw Taylor Wessing. "An app company that wants to be a credible social media site would impose rules and regulations to ensure that the user-generated content is kept clean."
April 26, 2017

RHT Subhas Anandan Bursary Award Supports Children of Employees in Meeting Education Expenses

Into its 2nd year, the RHT Subhas Anandan Bursary Award was presented to four of our colleagues’ children today. All of them are students pursuing either their secondary or post-secondary education. The quantum awarded to each student ranges from $400 to $500, with a total of $2400 being awarded in all. Established in 2015, the Bursary Award helps children of the staff of RHTLaw Taylor Wessing and RHT Group of Companies to meet education expenses. Named in honour of the late Subhas Anandan, a Senior Partner at RHTLaw Taylor Wessing, the Bursary Award is a tribute to his legacy of helping others in need.  A man for others, Subhas cared not only for the unprivileged and unrepresented, but for fellow colleagues as well. A bursary scheme was an initiative he had wanted to start. Last year, the RHT Subhas Anandan Bursary Award supported six students with a total awarded amount of $2000.   RHT Subhas Anandan Bursary Award ceremony was featured in The Straits Times Online. The article was first published in The Straits Times Online on 26 April 2017. Five students receive RHT Subhas Anandan Bursary Award in honour of late criminal lawyer Source: Straits Times Online © Singapore Press Holdings Ltd. Date: 26 Apr 2017 Author: Camillia Deborah Dass It was supposed to be one of the biggest days of any mother's life - her daughter's wedding day. However, that morning, Huzaimah Haji Tanon, 53, suffered a stroke and died two weeks later. Since then her family has struggled to manage on a single income, but on Wednesday (April 26), her son Muhammad Irman Abdul Aziz, 18, got help with his educational expenses through the RHT Subhas Anandan Bursary Award. He was one of the five students who received the bursary, which was established in 2015 and launched in 2016. It was named in honour of the late Subhas Anandan, who was a notable criminal lawyer and a senior partner at RHTLaw Taylor Wessing. The award, which is sponsored by RHTLaw Taylor Wessing and RHT Group of Companies, aims to help children of staff meet their educational expenses by awarding deserving recipients with amounts between $200 and $600, depending on their educational level. Students are selected based on both academic as well as extra-curricular performances. Deputy managing partner at RHTLaw TaylorWessing, Mr Azman Jaafar, 52, said at the ceremony: "Subhas was a man for others. He had a heart of gold not just for the underprivileged and underrepresented, but also for the people in our midst - our staff who have worked tirelessly through these years." Irman is currently in his final year at the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) where he is pursuing a career in opticianry. He intends to apply to a polytechnic, after graduating from ITE, and eventually go to a university. "I'm going to use the money for food and transport and things like that so I don't have to keep asking my dad for money," he said. His father, Abdul Aziz Latiff, 49, who is a dispatch clerk at the firm, said: "I want him to be a successful person and I want him to make the family proud."
April 18, 2017

RHTLaw Taylor Wessing nominated as a finalist in seven categories by Asian Legal Business Southeast Asia Law Awards 2017

RHTLaw Taylor Wessing has been nominated as a finalist in seven categories by Asian Legal Business Southeast (ALB SE) Asia Law Awards 2017. The nominated categories are: Banking and Financial Services Law Firm of the Year Corporate Citizenship Law Firm of the Year Matrimonial and Family Law Firm of the Year Real Estate Law Firm of the Year Singapore Intellectual Property Law Firm of the Year Singapore Managing Partner of the Year Technology, Media and Telecommunications Law Firm of the Year This year's awards mark the brave move of ALB towards transforming the prestigious event into a regional platform to foster friendly ties and mutual support among the finest legal practitioners. New categories and mechanics were introduced to make the contest more inclusive, engaging and truly reflective of the stellar leadership and expertise that have changed and influenced today's legal landscape. The event promises to bring together the elites from the different sectors of the legal profession across the SE Asian region and India, including the crème de la crème from the country awards in Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines.