31 Aug '15, 12pm

Singapore begins operations as ASEAN's first international patent search, examination authority

SINGAPORE: Local and global businesses and inventors will from Tuesday (Sep 1) be able to fast track their applications for patent protection in multiple markets via Singapore. This comes as the Republic kicks off operations as ASEAN’s first International Patent Search and Examination Authority under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT). In a press release on Monday, the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS) said that Singapore is the fifth in Asia - after China, India, Japan and Korea - to join a group of 19 IP offices worldwide that have been appointed as International Authorities for the PCT. IPOS also said that patent applicants from Brunei, Japan, Mexico, Laos and Vietnam will be the first to gain access to Singapore’s new service offerings as an International Searching Authority and International Preliminary Examining Authority in the coming months. These a...

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