PATENT FILING IN SINGAPORE
Singapore joined WIPO in 1990 and passed a new Patent Act in 1994. Singapore follows a self-examination system where grants are based on search and examination reports of designated foreign patent offices or the International Search and Preliminary Examinations Authorities under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT). Legislation of Singapore has focused on boosting e-filing of patents due to which Singapore witnessed significant incline in the patent applications across the globe. IPOS is the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore. Based on the Search Report, IPOS provides the different timeframe for Request for Examination. With the vision of the Singaporean Government for boosting the patent filings, GPF is dedicated in providing the one stop solution of all the requirements of patent filings. GPF can assist in efficiently and promptly, using accurate translations, filing of patent applications. GPF along with Khurana and Khurana, Advocates and IP Attorneys (K&K) has tremendous experience in dealing with Patent Filing/Prosecution as per Singapore Patent Laws, and can assist in hand-holding through the complete prosecution lifecycle of a Patent.
- English Translation of the Priority/ PCT Document.
- Assignment Deed.
- Declaration to be executed by the Applicant
A patent can be filed in Singapore as any of the following formats:
Paris Convention based national entry.
PCT National Phase based national entry.
Publication of Singaporean patents is done within 18 months of priority date.
Request for examination has to be made within below mentioned timelines:
to file a request for a search (13 months, extendable by 18 months) and examination (36 months, extendable by 18 months);
to file a combined request for search and examination (36 months, extendable by 18 months);
to file a request for examination (36 months, extendable for 18 months) based on foreign search report;
to rely on foreign patent/results of a search and examination report of the corresponding application (54 months, extendable by 18 months). The supplementary examination may be requested.
At the time of examination, the Patent Office will issue the Examination Report (FER) / Office Action with a set of objections/requirements response to which must be filed within 5 months from the date of issue of the FER.
Annuity for 4’th year onwards is to be paid after grant of the Patent. Protection of the Patent is for 20 years from the International Filing Date.