A PHR is a meeting between the parties and the Registrar conducted under
Rule 36A of the Trade Marks Rules. The Registrar will ascertain from the
parties whether there is any possibility of settlement or whether they wish to
proceed to an Opposition Hearing.
If the parties are exploring settlement, the Registrar will give them
time to do so.
If the parties wish to proceed to an Opposition
Hearing, the Registrar will raise any relevant issues which need to be resolved
before an Opposition Hearing. The Opponent will also have to confirm the
grounds of opposition on which it is proceeding, so that both parties have a
common understanding on the grounds to address in their submissions.
A CMC is a
meeting between the parties and the Registrar, conducted under Rule 81A of the
Trade Marks Rules, for the Registrar to make orders or give directions for the
just, expeditious and economical disposal of the matter at hand.
Counter-Statement is filed, if parties indicate in the Notification to
Registrar that they have not communicated with each other, the Registrar will
most likely convene a CMC for parties to communicate with each other. Parties
will update the Registrar on the state of play between them. Depending on the
circumstances of the case, the Registrar will issue timelines for the filing of
evidence by both parties. For example, if there are several issues in dispute,
parties are based overseas and are negotiating, the timelines given may be
longer than in another case where there are fewer issues in dispute, the
parties are based in Singapore and are not negotiating.