Journal Article

Should Singapore follow the EU in creating <i>sui generis</i> protection for databases?

Md. Rizwanul Islam

in Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice

Volume 4, issue 9, pages 665-672
Published in print September 2009 | ISSN: 1747-1532
Published online July 2009 | e-ISSN: 1747-1540 | DOI:
Should Singapore follow the EU in creating sui generis protection for databases?

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Legal context

The protection of databases has been a debatable issue. There is little doubt that databases are important for modern society and deserve protection from slavish copying. But to what extent and how they should be protected has been a matter of intense debate for the last few years.

Key points

This article discusses the protection available to databases in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Australia and then endeavours to suggest how Singapore, seeking to be a hub for research and innovation, should react to this issue.

Practical significance

The author argues that Singapore should offer more protection to the database along the line of the sui generis right in the European Union.

Journal Article.  5639 words. 

Subjects: Arbitration ; Intellectual Property Law

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