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New Format for Singapore IP Application Numbers at IPOS

20 January 2014

Following our representations, IPOS has confirmed the new format for application numbers of registrable IP  (e.g., trade marks, patents, registered designs) filed on or after 14 February 2014.

The new application number format will not use alphabetic identifiers, but rather numeric identifiers.

This is the first time that IPOS has released details of the algorithm they use to calculate the check digit. They did so on our representations that the widespread availability of the algorithm is in the public interest.

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Patentscope Rubygem Released

9 January 2014

I am very pleased to announce that we have released a new Rubygem called “patentscope”. A Rubygem, also known as a gem, is a code library written in the Ruby language.

The Patentscope gem allows easy access to data from the WIPO PATENTSCOPE Web Service using Ruby. As provided by WIPO, the PATENTSCOPE Web Service is available through a SOAP interface. The documentation provided by WIPO uses Java.

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Board Member of IPOS Resigns After Failed Infringement Suit

8 January 2014

This article in the Business Times (via Singapore Law Watch) has an innocuous headline (“Mobile clinic inventors to drop suit against Mindef”), but contains what can only be described as a bombshell:

Dr Ting, chief executive officer of HealthStats International and a board member of the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore ((IPOS), filed the suit [against] Mindef.

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Plant Variety Protection in Singapore

8 January 2014

Update February 2014: The Plant Varieties Protection (Amendment) Bill contains a provision to extend protection to varieties in all plant genera and species.

The Plant Varieties Protection Act (Chapter 232A) allows for certificates to be obtained for protecting plant varieties in Singapore.

Section 4(1) of the Act makes clear that the Act only applies to the plant genera and species listed in the Schedule. In other words, any plant variety that is not listed in the schedule is not protectable as a plant variety in Singapore.

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Proposed New Format for Application Numbers Issued by IPOS

12 December 2013

Update: we are very pleased to report that IPOS has listened to our concerns and has amended the proposed new application number format to use numeric identifiers for IP types, instead of alphabetic identifiers (personal communication 20 January 2014). We’ll post a new blog entry to describe the new application number format in further detail.

The Intellectual Property Office of Singapore is introducing a new electronic filing system in early February next year, in time for commencement of the Patents (Amendments) Act 2012.

The new electronic filing system is part of its “integrated registries” concept, in which one single filing system will be used for all electronic filings in trade marks, registered designs and patents (as well as plant variety rights, one assumes).

Currently, Singapore patent application numbers are issued by IPOS in the form YYYYNNNNNN-C, where YYYY is a 4 digit year, NNNNNN is a six digit serial identifier, and C is a check digit.

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