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 […]

SINGAPORE: New Disclosure Framework Aims to Help Companies Improve Transparency Around Intangible Assets

The Intellectual Property Office of Singapore and the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority have jointly launched the Intangibles Disclosure Framework (Framework), which provides guidelines to companies for identifying and disclosing various non-physical assets or intangibles, including intellectual property (IP) rights, to various stakeholders. Strategy—helps companies share and communicate how intangibles are relevant to, and used […]

Singapore Trademark Applications – Uncommon Grounds of Objections

Brand owners usually take steps to avoid potential conflicts from other similar trademarks and also try to devise marks which are not descriptive in nature. While this is an important pre-filing consideration, there are certain other potential uncommon objections that brand owners should take into consideration before filing their trademark in Singapore. Some of these […]

IP Marketplace as an Innovation for Community Needs

In August 2022, The Directorate General of Intellectual Property (DGIP ) under the Ministry of Law and Human Rights launched the Intellectual Property Marketplace (IP Marketplace). The IP Marketplace is a platform that is created to respond to the needs of the community in making it easier for IP owners to promote, sell or license […]

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 […]

Singapore Patent Office Accepts International Applications filed in Chinese

The Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (“IPOS”), in its capacity as a receiving Office, International Search Authority (“ISA”), and International Preliminary Examination Authority (“IPEA”) under the Patent Cooperation Treaty, accepts international applications filed in the Chinese language. The Patents Rules in Singapore were amended on 1 January 2017 to allow Chinese as a language for […]

Singapore-registered design subsidiary amendments

Published by the Intellectual Property of Singapore (IPOS) on September 10, 2021, amendments have been made on the Registered Designs Rules (“RD Rules”) and the Registered Designs (International Registration) Rules (“RD(IR) Rules”), which took effect from October 1, 2021. A summary of several key amendments is highlighted below Electronic online system IPOS has always advocated […]