30 March 2023

On 1 March 2023, the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (“IPOS”) launched the Collaborative Search and Examination (“CS&E”) Programme between Singapore and Vietnam which aims to speed up the patent search and examination process for innovators interested to obtain patent protection in both countries.

The CS&E programme is complimentary during the pilot duration from 1 March 2023 to 28 February 2025, but official patent filing fees still apply. The applicant will receive the CS&E report within 10 months from the date of receipt of the CS&E request.

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For further information, including key features, benefits and qualifying criteria, please refer to the factsheet on the IPOS website www.ipos.gov.sg.