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high on the shelves to topple over. One of the boxes unfortunately landed on Paul’s
shoulder, narrowly missing his head. Paul had, in the past, partially dislocated his
shoulder blade but he had since “recovered” from his injury. The impact of the falling
box on his shoulder this time round, however, caused his shoulder to be permanently
A sign-board, prominently displayed in Ah Teck’s shop, reads as follows: “The
proprietor of this shop and his employees shall not be liable whatsoever for any
damage, loss or injury sustained by anyone within the shop’s premises”.
Advise Paul of his rights, if any, against Ah Teck. Would your answer be different if
the person injured was not Paul but Dolly, a customer shopping in Ah Teck’s shop? -3- LGST101 OR
Question 2B [20 marks]
Influenced by the current e-commerce frenzy, Jim, a recent graduate, decided to
gather a few of his friends to set up a business to sell story books and comics online.
They agreed among themselves that a company be set up for this purpose and that Jim
was to be the Chief Executive Officer of the company. It was also agreed that there
will not be more than 25 members/shareholders in the company. From his Business
Law studies at the university, Jim remembered that it was important for the company
to have an “eye-catching” name. He therefore decided, after consulting his other
friends, to call his company “AMAZONE”.
Several months passed and Jim’s online business had yet to pick up. “AMAZONE”
was not making any profit from its sale of books and comics over the Internet. One
weekend, whilst Jim was visiting the Singapore Zoological Gardens with his family,
he came across a familiar exhibit. It was Ah Meng, and the zoo was appealing to the
general public for donations to help with the upkeep of the ailing orang-utan. The zoo
would erect individual commemorative plaques for display in front of Ah Meng’s
enclosure for donations above $10,000. Jim took pity on the poor animal, so he
approached the manager on duty. They exchanged name cards (Jim’s name card read:
“AMAZONE – your one-stop online bookshop; JIM SIM, Chief Executive Officer”)
and Jim informed the duty manager that “AMAZONE” would make a one-time
contribution of $20,000 to the zoo for the upkeep of Ah Meng. The duty manager
gladly accepted Jim’s generous offer and ordered his staff to immediately erect a
commemorative plaque in the name of “AMAZONE”.
With reference to the factual scenario above, write down your answers to all of the
(i) What type of company should Jim set up for his online book business? What is the
main advantage of setting up such a company?
(ii) How can Jim protect the name “AMAZONE” as an intellectual property right and
how can Jim exploit the name “AMAZONE” over the Internet? Do you foresee any
legal problems (with regard to intellectual property) that the company “AMAZONE”
may face from its bigger and more established competitor, “AMAZON”?
(iii) Is “AMAZONE” bound to donate the $20,000 promised by Jim to the Singapore
Zoo for the upkeep of Ah Meng? - END OF PAPER - -4-...
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