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INTA Tweetup 2016 Orlando: Announcement

29 March 2016

One of the nicest things about the INTA Annual Meeting is being able to meet friends and colleagues at smallish get-togethers, where there is an opportunity to speak properly to another person and to find out what they think about the world.

If you like this sort of thing, please come along to the INTA Tweetup this year.

Details of the event are as follow:

  • Date: 23 May 2016 (Monday)

  • Time: from 3 pm to 5 pm or so

  • Venue: Baskin Robbins, 7440 International Drive, Orlando FL 32819 (Map and Directions)

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BioPharma Asia Convention 2016

3 October 2015

I’m very pleased to have been invited to be a speaker at the BioPharma Asia Convention 2016.

BioPharma Asia Convention Logo

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IPOS Proposes to Close Foreign Route for Patent Applications

22 September 2015

We’ve recently heard from the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore that it plans to close off the foreign route for Singapore patent applications and to abolish supplementary examination.

Attention Stamp

Under the proposals, it will no longer be possible to request supplementary examination to rely on the grant of a foreign corresponding application for Singapore applications filed on or after 1 January 2017 .

Only applications that have been examined for novelty and non-obviousness under Singapore patent law will be allowed to grant as patents in Singapore.

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Patents Form 8 and its Quirks

21 September 2015

Patents Form 8 is the “Statement of Inventorship and of Right to Grant of Patent (PF8)”.

The current version of the form requires the following information on each inventor to be provided to IPOS:

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Filing a Statement of Inventorship

18 September 2015

Under the Patents Act, there is an obligation for an Applicant to name the inventors in a Singapore patent application. The Applicant is also required to disclose how he derived the right to be granted a patent from the inventors.

The time limits for filing a statement of inventorship are set out in the Rules, but are different depending on the type of application involved. Failure to file a statement of inventorship could lead to the application being treated as having been abandoned.

Because of this, it is crucial that a statement of inventorship is filed at IPOS within the relevant time limt.

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