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GLOBAL SOURCES INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS PROTECTION POLICY

1Intellectual Property Rights Protection Policy and Alleged Infringements
1.1This document outlines Global Sources’ policy (“Policy”) for dealing with notifications of alleged infringements of intellectual property rights (“IPR”), in relation to materials available on Global Sources’ websites or servers (each such alleged infringement, an “Alleged Infringement”), by visitors and users of this website (“Users”).
For the purposes of this Policy, “Global Sources” means the publisher and operator of this website, Media Data Systems Pte Ltd (a company incorporated in Singapore, with company registration number: 199001601W)) and its parents, subsidiaries, related corporations and affiliates, collectively.
1.2Global Sources has established these procedures to facilitate the co-operation between Global Sources and Users.
1.3Global Sources is not an arbiter or judge. In carrying out any action instigated by Users in respect of IPR, Global Sources does not intend to make any decisions on whether such IPR are valid and subsisting. Conversely, should Global Sources decide not to carry out any action in respect of an Alleged Infringement, Global Sources is not endorsing the display of such materials on this website.
2Our Handling of Alleged Infringement
2.1An IPR owner (or exclusive licensee, for the purpose of the Copyright Act (Chapter 63) of Singapore (“Singapore Copyright Act”)) or the agent thereof (the “Complainant”) may (and shall, if requested by Global Sources) complete and sign the relevant form to notify Global Sources of the Alleged Infringement (the “IP Complaint Notice”).
2.1.1The Complainant (other than one relying on the Singapore Copyright Act) shall complete and sign the IP Complaint Notice in the form as attached in Schedule 2A.
2.1.2The Complainant (relying on the Singapore Copyright Act) shall complete and sign the IP Complaint Notice in the form as attached in Schedule 2B.
2.2Global Sources shall deal with the IP Complaint Notice in accordance with the procedures as set out in Schedules 1A and 1B hereto (the "Procedures"), as the case may be.
2.3Global Sources reserves the right to amend the Procedures from time to time.
2.4Global Sources reserves the right not to take any further action in respect of the Alleged Infringement if:
2.4.1(where the Singapore Copyright Act is not being relied upon) the IP Complaint Notice as prescribed in Schedule 2A is not submitted, is insufficient or is incomplete, and/or the Relevant Information (as defined in Clause 3.1 below) is not provided as required or is insufficient or is incomplete, and/or any of the Procedures stipulated in Schedule 1A are not complied with by the Complainant; or
2.4.2(where the Singapore Copyright Act is being relied upon) the IP Complaint Notice as prescribed in Schedule 2B is not submitted, is insufficient or is incomplete, and/or any of the Procedures stipulated in Schedule 1B are not complied with by the Complainant.
3Relevant Information
3.1The Complainant (other than one relying on the Singapore Copyright Act) shall provide Global Sources with all the necessary documentation and other relevant information in respect of the Alleged Infringement (the “Relevant Information”), including, inter alia:
3.1.1 Evidence of the Complainant's ownership of the IPR which is being relied upon and alleged to have been infringed:
a.In the case of copyright, this would include (where applicable): registration certificates, and evidence of the original creation, initial publication and the Complainant's ownership of the copyright concerned.
b.In the case of trademark rights, this would include (where applicable): the certificate of trademark registration and other relevant documents issued by the applicable authorities in the Relevant Territory (as defined in Clause 4 below) relating to the trademark rights concerned.
c.In the case of patent rights, this would include (where applicable): the certificate of patent grant (complete with all relevant claims, specifications and drawings), and other relevant reports, issued by the applicable authorities in the Relevant Territory (as defined in Clause 4 below) relating to the patent rights concerned.
d.In the case of registered design rights, this would include (where applicable): certificate of registration of design issued by the applicable authorities in the Relevant Territory (as defined in Clause 4 below) relating to the registered design rights concerned.
e.Any other evidence that Global Sources may require depending on the specific facts and circumstances of the case. For the avoidance of doubt, Global Sources shall have the sole and absolute discretion to determine what shall constitute appropriate evidence of the Complainant's ownership (or exclusive licence, for the purpose of the Singapore Copyright Act) of the IPR concerned.
3.1.2Certificate of due incorporation or registration of the Complainant company (where applicable).
3.1.3Evidence of the infringement complained of in the IP Complaint Notice including, but not limited to, website locations/links, photographs, samples, brochures, sales contracts and invoices relating to the allegedly infringing material or activity concerned.
3.1.4Any final court or arbitration judgment, order, decision or award against or any binding settlement with the alleged infringer (“Alleged Infringer”) in relation to the subject matter complained of, and/or (if applicable and available) any other legally valid and binding evidence, in each case either originating from or legally recognised in the Relevant Territory (as defined in Clause 4 below), evidencing that the relevant material or activities concerned have infringed the Complainant's IPR.
3.1.5Such other relevant documents and information as Global Sources may require.
3.2A Complainant relying on the Singapore Copyright Act may provide Global Sources with the Relevant Information in accordance with Clause 3.1 above, in which case, references to the Complainant’s “ownership” in Clause 3.1.1 shall be deemed to also include a reference to the Complainant’s “exclusive licence”, where applicable.
4Relevant Territory
4.1For the purpose of this Policy, "Relevant Territory" shall mean the country / region where (i) the Alleged Infringement takes place or is likely to take place; (ii) the allegedly infringing products are manufactured; or (iii) the allegedly infringing products are advertised, offered or sold.
5Indemnity
5.1Global Sources does not have the power or duty to verify the identities of each individual Complainant submitting an IP Complaint Notice and/or Alleged Infringer submitting a Counter Notice (as defined in Section 4 of Schedule 1B below) (as the case may be), the subject matter complained of or the source of the allegedly infringing material.
5.2By submitting an IP Complaint Notice or Counter Notice (as the case may be) and asking Global Sources to take action in accordance with this Policy in respect of the Alleged Infringement, each individual Complainant submitting the IP Complaint Notice and Alleged Infringer submitting the Counter Notice (as the case may be) agree:
5.2.1to hold harmless, defend and fully indemnify Global Sources and its agents, representatives, contractors, directors, officers and employees (as well as their legal and other advisors and consultants) (collectively, the “Global Sources Indemnitees”) from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, suits, actions, proceedings, judgments, fines, penalties, costs and expenses (including legal fees and expenses), of any nature whatsoever, incurred or suffered by any of them however arising from or in connection with any action that the Global Sources Indemnitees may take pursuant to the IP Complaint Notice or Counter Notice (as the case may be);
5.2.2that such individual Complainant submitting the IP Complaint Notice and Alleged Infringer submitting the Counter Notice (as the case may be) will not take any legal action and/or make any claim against any of the Global Sources Indemnitees in respect of any matters related to the IP Complaint Notice or Counter Notice (as the case may be);
5.2.3that the IP Complaint Notice or Counter Notice (as the case may be) and all the supporting documents may be disclosed to the parties complained of and acknowledge that such individual Complainant submitting the IP Complaint Notice and Alleged Infringer submitting the Counter Notice (as the case may be) has read, understood, accepted and agreed to Global Sources’ Privacy Policy relating to this website (which is accessible through the “Privacy Policy” link in the footer of this website) and where appropriate, has referred or will direct relevant third parties to such Privacy Policy; and
5.2.4that the IP Complaint Notice or Counter Notice (as the case may be) and any or all of the Relevant Information and other supporting documents and information provided (or any portions or extracts thereof) may be reproduced, used, disclosed and/or published by Global Sources in the manner and to the extent deemed necessary or appropriate by Global Sources. Specifically (but without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing), Global Sources reserves the right to disclose any information contained in the IP Complaint Notice or Counter Notice (as the case may be), or any Relevant Information or other supporting documents and information provided, in circumstances where Global Sources believes that disclosure is required under any law or regulation, or to cooperate with regulators or law enforcement authorities, or to protect or enforce Global Sources’ rights and/or interests.

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