India- What constitutes ‘therapeutic efficacy’ when determining patentability of ‘new forms of known substances’

The Delhi High Court recently rendered a significant decision clarifying the concept of enhanced therapeutic efficacy, when determining the patentability of new forms of known substances. The case involved an appeal by the patent applicant challenging the rejection of their patent application under Section 3(d) of the Patents Act, 1970 (as amended) (the ‘Act’). Section […]

ASEAN – Launch of Official Intellectual Property Register

On 20th August 2023, ASEAN, having collaborated with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), officially launched the ASEAN Intellectual Property Register (“ASEAN IP Register”). This ASEAN IP Register is intended to act as a consolidated one-stop information portal that allows IP professionals and interested parties to conduct trademark, patent, and design searches from all 10 […]

IPOS Extended Anew Its Patent Acceleration Initiative under ASPEC AIM Programme

The Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS) has recently further extended its patent acceleration program, the ASPEC Acceleration for Industry 4.0 Infrastructure and Manufacturing Pilot (ASPEC AIM) Programme until 26 August 2025. This extension allows patent applicants in the ASEAN region to continue benefiting from an accelerated examination procedure for their Industry 4.0 inventions. ASPEC […]

India- Pathbreaking ruling by the High Court- Patentability of an invention relation to foetal genomic analysis from a maternal biological sample

In a recent decision of the High Court of Madras, in the Chinese University of Hong Kong and Sequenom, Inc. (“Appellants”) v. The Assistant Controller of Patents and Designs (“Respondent”), CMA (PT) No.14 of 2023, the Court had the opportunity to delve into the nuances of Section 3(i) of the Indian Patents Act, 1970 (as amended) (the […]

ASEAN: Emerging trends in Southeast Asia’s autonomous vehicle patent landscape

According to data by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the World Bank, there has been an unprecedented interest in Southeast Asia as a patent filing destination, with the percentage of applicants filing in the ASEAN member states increasing each year. However, the autonomous vehicle (AV) technology patent landscape in this region remains nascent, […]

Patent-Related Strategies for Start-ups and Small Businesses in Singapore

Introduction In the current fast-paced and competitive landscape of Singapore’s business environment, intellectual property (IP) protection could contribute to the success and growth of start-ups and small businesses. In particular, patents offer significant advantages by safeguarding novel inventions, processes, and technologies. This article explores patent-related strategies for start-ups and small businesses towards protecting their innovations […]