IPOS Extended Its Patent Acceleration Initiatives under ASPEC AIM Programme and PPH Programme with China

The Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS) has recently extended its two pilot patent acceleration programmes such as the ASPEC Acceleration for Industry 4.0 Infrastructure and Manufacturing Pilot (ASPEC AIM) Programme until 26 August 2023, and the Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) agreement with the China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) until 31 August 2026, in […]

Updates on Singapore patent practice

Following a series of public consultation and discussions, the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS) has confirmed that they will launch a formal procedure for the submission of “third party observations” under which members of the public will be able notify IPOS of information that might be of relevance to the patentability of an invention […]

TRIPS waiver in light of the COVID-19 pandemic in Philippines

The World Health Organization’s – Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property (TRIPS) is a global multilateral agreement on intellectual property (IP).1 The TRIPS Waiver refers to the October 2020 proposal by India and South Africa for a brief waiver of intellectual property rights that protect inventions that are required to prevent, contain or treat COVID-19. They […]

Favipiravir: Patent rejection in Thailand

Favipiravir (or T-705; 6-fluoro-3-hydroxy-2-pyrazinecarboxamide) is a broad-spectrum antiviral drug used in the treatment of multiple diseases, and is the first drug approved by countries around the world as an emergency option for Covid-19 cases. Thailand’s Department of Intellectual Property (DIP) has since rejected a Thai patent application filed under the compulsory license system for a […]

Vietnam – Circular No. 6959/TB-SHTT to temporarily ease the stringent signatory requirement by Circular No. 13822/TB-SHTT

The Intellectual Property Office of Vietnam (NOIP) has released a new circular, Circular No. 6959/TB-SHTT (“Circular 6959”) in order to temporarily ease the strict requirements in relation to the signatory requirements of the formal documents in relation to patent applications such as powers of attorney, deeds of assignment, etc. submitted to the NOIP previously imposed […]

A second-round victory for brand drug owners against generics who fail to declare relevant patents under Singapore’s patent linkage regime

Proprietors of brand-name drugs may heave another sigh of relief as the Singapore Court of Appeal in Zyfas Medical Co (Sued as a firm) v. Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Inc [2020] SGCA 84 re-affirmed its holding in Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Inc v. Drug Houses of Australia Pte Ltd [2019] SGCA 31 (the DHA decision) rejecting an overly-restrictive interpretation […]

Salient points concerning the law of anticipation in the case of Element Six Technologies Ltd v. IIa Technologies Pte Ltd.

On February 7, 2020, the Singapore High Court reported its decision in the case of Element Six Technologies Ltd v. IIa Technologies Pte Ltd. [2020] SGHC 26, which treated various issues pertaining to novelty, priority date and anticipation. In particular, there are several interesting points in the decision concerning the law of anticipation which will […]

New Singapore Patent Fast Track Programme to Accelerate Patent Prosecution Timeframe

The Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS) in its continuing effort to expand support to innovators, launched a new programme named the “SG Patent Fast Track”  on 4 May 2020 to replace the existing patent acceleration programmes, namely FinTech Fast Track and Accelerated Initiative for Artificial Intelligence (“AI2”), which ceased on 25 April 2020 and […]

Southeast Asia Update

A roundup of the newsworthy mentions in the Southeast Asian from the first quarter of 2020. Singapore Snagging the headlines in Singapore early March, on top of the COVID-19 coverage, is the nomination of IPOS’ current Chief Executive, Mr Daren Tang, by WIPO’s Coordination Committee, for the position of WIPO Director General. His nomination is […]