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Singapore – Performance Pledge for IP Registration

A Performance Pledge for Intellectual Property Registration was introduced by the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS) on 4 August 2014.

For patents, a grant of a Singapore patent application may be obtained within 12 months from the date of filing the application if certain requirements are met. The requirements are as follows:
1.    The application is first filed in Singapore or validly claims priority under Section 17 of the Singapore Patents Act from an earlier patent  application;
2.    Required filing form and complete patent specification are filed, and prescribed fee is paid;
3.    Request for search and examination report is filed and prescribed fee is paid on the same day the application is filed;
4.    Clear Formalities Examination Report is issued;
5.    A favourable search and examination report is issued after first round of search and examination;
6.    Grant fee is paid within 2 months from the date of issuance of notice of eligibility for grant;
7.    For Singapore applications first filed at IPOS, request for early publication is filed on the same day the grant fee is paid; and
8.    The specific time limits for action are followed by the patent applicant.
Apart from the above, IPOS has also pledged to adjudicate 90% of cases within 4 months from the time they are ready for full hearings; and for straightforward cases, to issue Grounds of Decision within 6 months from the conclusion of full hearings.