AMENDMENT OF SINGAPORE PATENT LAW WITH EFFECT FROM 14 FEBRUARY 2014
The most significant changes are:
the switching from the current "self-assessment" patent system, wherein a patent is granted regardless of whether its claimed subject-matter is patentable, to a "positive grant" patent system, wherein grant of a patent will only occur if the claimed-subject matter is considered patentable.
a Singapore application relying on the final examination results from a corresponding application, a corresponding national phase application or the PCT international phase will now be subjected to a supplementary examination.
the switching from the current two-track prosecution system (slow track or fast track) to a single track prosecution system.
These changes will be effective on 14 February 2014.
A Singapore national application, a PCT Singapore national phase application, or a divisional application filed/entered on or after 14 February 2014 will be prosecuted under the new patent system.
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Publication date : January 2014