Patentability of Computer Related or Implemented Inventions (CRIs or CIIs) in Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Philippines, and India

Patent legislation and practice in the patentability assessment of computer related or implemented inventions differ from country to country. “Computer Related Inventions” (“CRIs”) or “Computer Implemented Inventions” (“CIIs”) has been given an explicit definition in some countries such as in Philippines and India. These countries both define CRIs or CIIs as those inventions involving computers, […]

Improvements in the India IP Scene

The US Chamber of Commerce Global Innovation Policy Center (“GIPC”) has recently released its 2018 Intellectual Property Index (“IPI”) in February 2019. India has improved on its previous 2017 position of 44 in 2017 and now ranks at number 36 out of 50 countries. Countries are ranked annually by the GIPC based on their trademark, […]

A Testament of Singapore’s FinTech Fast Track (FTFT) Initiative

The first patent using the FinTech Fast Track Initiative (“FTFT”) was recently granted by the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (“IPOS”) to Voyager Innovations Inc., a Philippines-based company that focuses on the delivery and development of digital technology services. The FTFT is a program designed to assist Financial Technology (“FinTech”) enterprises within the region to […]

Interpretation of Rules 610 and 611 of the Philippines’ Revised IRR for Patents and IPOPHL BOP Memorandum Circular 18-003

Following the issuance of Memorandum 18-003 on 17th September 2018 by Ms. Lolibeth R. Medrano, the Director of the Bureau of Patents (BOP), patent Applicants can now file a Voluntary Divisional Application (“VDA”) based on an earlier divisional application. Prior to the issuance of the said memorandum, an Applicant could only file a VDA based […]

Marijuana Patent Requests Suspended in Thailand

A special executive order was issued by the Thai government on 28th January 2019 directing the Department of Intellectual Property (“DIP”) to invalidate all pending marijuana-related patents applications within 90 days. This comes less than 3 months after the Thai National Legislative Assembly (“NLA”) approved the “Medical Marijuana” bill to be used for medical and […]

Late Submissions of Power of Attorney Documents for Patents and Design Now Acceptable in Vietnam

On 20th November 2018, the National Office of Intellectual Property (“NOIP”) issued Notice No. 13006/TB-SHTT (“Notice”), revising the timeline for submission of a Power of Attorney (“POA”) document in Vietnam thereby giving practitioners more time to comply with the requirement for their various patent and design filings and procedures. Prior to the implementation of this […]

Postponement Regimen on ‘Patent Working Requirements’ introduced by the Ministry of Law and Human Rights (Indonesia)

Article 20 of Law No. 13 of 2016 on patents that came into effect on August 26, 2016, requires patent holders to “work” their patents in order to support the transfer of technology, investment and/or job opportunities in Indonesia. To comply with the working requirements, patent holders need to implement their patents, for example, by […]

NON-PAYMENT OF OUTSTANDING ANNUITY OBLIGATIONS IN INDONESIA WILL RESULT IN THE REGISTRY’S NON-ACCEPTANCE OF NEW PATENT FILINGS FROM THE SAME PROPRIETOR

On 16 August 2018, the Directorate General of Intellectual Property (DGIP) issued a Circular requiring payment of all outstanding annuities due before 26 August 2016 (the enforcement date of the new Indonesian Patents Law) in respect of abandoned patent cases. This payment is to be made within six (6) months from the date of issuance […]