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.
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.
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.
Along with the amendments to the Patents Act, IPOS (the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore, a.k.a. The Singapore Patent Office) is rolling out a new electronic filing system.
We received an email the other day, after requesting an account in the new system.
No translation is needed to enter the Singapore national phase of an International Application published in English.
For non-English PCT applications, an English translation of the specification (including any amendments) will need to be filed by 30 months from the priority date.