Legal Bulletin August 2016

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Published date: 30 Aug 2016

IPOS postpones date for closure of foreign route to 1 January 2020

The Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (“IPOS”) had announced previously that it would be closing the foreign route for Singapore patent applications (which allows a patent to be granted by reliance on the allowance/grant of a relevant corresponding patent application or the International Preliminary Report on Patentability (IPRP)), no earlier than 1 January 2017. IPOS had also intended to introduce a fee for going under the foreign route, for requests filed on or after 1 January 2017. An article about this announcement was featured in a previous issue of the Allen & Gledhill Legal Bulletin (September 2015). To read the article entitled “Changes to Singapore patent regime in the pipeline”, please click here.
IPOS has now announced that the foreign route will be closed (requiring that substantive examination be requested with the IPOS for all Singapore applications) with effect from 1 January 2020. IPOS has also decided not to introduce a fee for the foreign route.
Patent applications with a date of filing and all divisional patent applications with a lodgement date on or after 1 January 2020 will not be eligible to proceed under the foreign route. Applications filed under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) with an international filing date before 1 January 2020, but which enter national phase after 1 January 2020, will still be eligible to proceed under the foreign route.
This move by IPOS to delay the closure of the foreign route will allow Singapore IP practitioners and owners more time to adjust to the closure and the changes in practices that will follow.
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