No. Under current practice, an applicant may authorise a registered Patent Agent to file a Singapore national phase entry on their behalf without the need to file a Power of Attorney.
Under current practice, an applicant may file a Singapore national phase entry of a PCT application after the 30th month due date, along with a request for extension of time and payment of a corresponding late fee up to 18 months from the expiry of the stipulated date. No action is required on the part of the applicant prior to the expiry of the due date.
What are the requirements and timings to file PPH (Patent Prosecution Highway) for accelerated examination in Singapore?
The request for accelerated examination via PPH should be filed along with the request for Substantive Examination. The Request for Substantive Examination (RSE) must be filed within thirty-six (36) months from the earliest claimed priority date.
• Both the Singapore application for which acceleration is requested and the foreign application forming the basis of the PPH request must be a related national phase application, a corresponding application or a corresponding international application.
In general, the applicant is required to submit the following documents when filing a request for PPH:
Would it be possible to file an opposition against registration of a confusingly similar mark even though the intended opponent does not have an earlier trade mark application/registration in Singapore, but in another jurisdiction?
Yes. However, specific requirements need to be fulfilled. Please contact us for further advice tailored to the factual matrix of your case.
Courts in Singapore have generally adopted the position that it is not necessary to have a brick and mortar premises in order to constitute ‘use’.
Use of a mark on the internet may be sufficient, provided that ‘active steps’ have been taken to offer or advertise the claimed services in the form of ‘direct encouragement or advertisement’.
In other words, there ought to be some ‘active steps’ to ‘lead, encourage or induce Singapore consumers to the website”. It is not sufficient if the web surfers simply ‘happened’ upon the website. Further, it will not constitute sufficient ‘use’ if the website is accessible from Singapore but it is not possible for Singapore-based consumers to order products off the website and get it shipped to Singapore.