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.
Many patent applicants want protection not only in their country of origin, but also in other countries around the world.
It is possible to file separate applications in the countries of interest, possibly claiming priority from one or more earlier applications.
Alternatively, it is possible to make use of the Patent Cooperation Treaty.
The Singapore Patents Act has been amended by the Patents (Amendment) Act 2012. The amendments are expected to come into force on 14 February 2014.
We received an email from the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore yesterday, telling us that the Patents (Amendment) Act 2012 will have a commencement date of 14 February 2014.