IP Update – IPOS appointed as International Authority in Patent Search and Examination under the Patent Cooperation Treaty

The Intellectual Property Office of Singapore’s (“IPOS”) appointment as an International Authority in Patent Search and Examination under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (“PCT”) has taken effect.

The appointment was made on 25 September 2014 by the Assembly of the PCT Union during the 54th World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Assemblies. The appointment will see IPOS becoming an International Searching Authority (“ISA”) and International Preliminary Examining Authority (“IPEA”) under the PCT. PCT Applicants who use IPOS as their ISA and IPEA may avail themselves of the technical expertise of IPOS’s examiners, 95% of whom hold PhDs. IPOS is also equipped to conduct searches in English and Mandarin, a service which has become increasingly vital with the ever-growing number of patent applications in China.

IPOS’ appointment allows deserving inventions to obtain protection in a cost-effective manner. This will offer businesses and individuals greater opportunity to use the PCT system to acquire patent protection in foreign markets.

If you require more information on IPOS or the PCT, or require advice on patents, please contact one of our experts:

Tan Tee Jim, S.C.

Boo Yee Swan