The Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS) has recently introduced some amendments to the Singapore Patents Act and Rules that took effect from 1 October 2021. The amendments mainly focus on enhancing the Dispute Resolution Processes of Singapore’s patents regime, as summarised below.
Pre-Grant Third Party Observation
The IPOS introduced a new pre-grant third party observation process that allows third parties to formally submit observations regarding the patentability of a patent application at any time between the publication of the application and the issuance of the relevant examination report.
Prior to the introduction of this process, there was no formal mechanism to submit third party observations and the Examiner was not obliged to consider the observations even if they were made. Following the formalisation of the process, the Examiner is now obliged to consider the third party observations, if any, during the examination of the application. Read more