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Proposed filing system to raise bar on patents

SINGAPORE - Amid the growing number of patents being granted here, the authorities are raising the bar - a move that observers believe would enhance the Republic's reputation as an intellectual property services hub at a time when legal tussles over patents are expected to intensify. Under a proposed "positive grant system", only patents which fully meet the full criteria - novelty, inventiveness and applicability to industry - will be granted by the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS). Currently, the IPOS uses a "self assessment system" which grants patents even if they do not satisfy all three criteria and there are objections raised in the examination report. Under this system, if any party, such as a competitor, has doubts over the validity of a patent, the onus is on it to challenge the patent via the IPOS or the courts. The proposed switch to the new sys...

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