Resources for the Singapore Patent Law Amendments

This page sets out a number of useful resources for the “new” (amended) Singapore Patents Act and Rules, effective 14 February 2014. It includes links to the legislation, examination guidelines, new Patents forms and a list of relevant blog posts.

We’ll try to keep this list updated as new material comes along. If there’s something you think we should add to this page, please get in touch with us.

Legislation

As Published in the Singapore Government Gazette

These documents relate to amending legislation as originally published in the Government Gazette.

Consolidated Versions, etc (Singapore Statutes Online, AGC)

The following links are to the relevant legislation as held on the “Singapore Statutes Online” site maintained by the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC).

Practice Directions Issued by IPOS

Electronic Online System

Practice Direction 2/2014 describes the workings of the new IP2SG electronic online patent filing system.

Excluded Days

The entire period between 14 February 2014 to 23 February 2014 inclusive are excluded days for the purposes of the Singapore Patents Act and Rules.

We wrote about excluded days and what they mean in practice in this blog post.

Impact of the Changes to Singapore Patents Law

General Guide

We published a guide describing the changes to the Singapore Patents Act and Rules.

Possible Issues with Supplementary Examination

This blog post describes some potential problems applicants should be aware of when deciding whether or not to use Supplementary Examination under the new law.

IPOS Patent Examination Guidelines

IPOS published its revised and updated Examination Guidelines on 14 February 2014. The Examination Guidelines have been updated for the latest case law and this version deals with a much larger number of issues than previous set of guidelines, which were admittedly brief.

It’s well worth taking a look at this document if you want to have an idea of how the Examiners at IPOS are likely to deal with patentability issues arising during examination.

Patents Forms and Fees

You can download MS-Word and PDF versions of the Patents Forms from the IPOS website. This page also shows a with a list of the fees associated with each filing.

Online Singapore Patent Filing

The new Electronic Online System (EOS) for filings made under the new Singapore patent law is known as IP2SG. It will replace the old ePatents system.

We describe the provisions for the changeover in detail in this blog post.

IP2SG

IP2SG will replace ePatents and will be available from 0830 hours on 19 February 2014.

Telephone number for IP2SG support

  • 6705 2333

Email address for enquiries in relation to IP2SG

  • ip2sg@ipos.gov.sg

IP2SG Customer Portal Account Registration Form

IP2SG Infosheets

ePatents

ePatents ceased operating at 2359 hours on 13 February 2014. The “Notice of ePatents Ceasing Operations” and “ePatents Maintenance Notice” are now no longer available.

Miscellaneous

If there’s something you think we should add to this page, please get in touch with us.



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