1. Completion and filing of application forms with all required information;
2. Provision of written descriptions and explanations of your invention or technology;
3. Writing of an abstract for your invention or technology;
4. Submission of drawings (if any);
5. Ensuring the submission satisfies formality requirements;
6. Publication of patent details in Patents Journal;
7. Search and examination of similar inventions in the same field;
8. Filing of request for Certificate of Grant within 2 months after the Notice of Eligibility to Proceed to Grant;
9. 20-year protection period from the Date of Filing, with yearly maintenance starting from the 5th year.
Enjoy a fuss free patent filing process in Singapore. On top of the completion of the required forms, you will also get written descriptions and explanations of your invention or technology. We will also provide a written abstract and the submission of any drawings that may be required.
A patent grants you exclusive rights to your invention, and excludes others from making, using or selling your invention. Without a patent, competitors can easily copy your invention, thus robbing you of valuable first-to-market advantage and monopoly power. Registering your patent in Singapore via PCTSG is a smooth process taking as little as 12 months from the filing of application to the issue of grant. By starting your patent registration in Singapore via PCTSG before taking your patent international, you will have the advantage of claiming priority of the patent application from the first date of filing. This will ensure that patent shall not be invalidated by reasons of any acts accomplished in the interval, such as another filing, the publication or sale of the invention. This route is also faster than the normal PCT route which normally takes 30 months to be cleared in the National phase.
The IPOS is a forerunner in intellectual property rights, having pushed Singapore to the 4th position in the International Property Rights Index 2019, which measures the strength of a country’s property rights regime. The IPOS is also globally renowned, with its CEO, Mr Darren Tang, recently appointed as the next Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (“WIPO”).
What we will deliver for the deposit
1. Successful filing of the technology or invention on IPOS;
2. Written description of the invention, including one way of carrying out the invention or technology;
3. Explaining the claim of the invention or technology;
4. Written abstract of the invention or technology;
5. Submission of drawings (if any)
Who this is for
Business owners who want to protect their ideas, innovations and brand names, and secure a monopoly over them.
Why you should get it
A patent provides the owner with the following benefits
1. Exclusive rights to the use of your ideas;
2. Opportunity to license or sell your ideas;
3. Strong market position in your industry;
4. Demonstration of the high level of expertise, specialisation and technological capacity within your company, which makes the technology attractive to investors.
What else will be included
Depending on eligibility, all PCTSG will undergo the following steps;
Step 1 – Application
Step 2 - Provision of a "Date of Filing"
A preliminary examination on the application will be conducted to ensure that;
1. the priority claim is correct;
2. there are no missing drawings or missing part of description;
3. application complies with formal requirements.
If requirements are not met, you will be notified by the Registrar to submit what is lacking.
Step 3 - Publication
1. If preliminary examination passes, details of the patent will be published in the Patents Journal, after 18 months approximate. Early publication is possible via a written request;
2. Once the patent is published, you may be able to take action for infringement of the patent and seek damages against an infringer that occur from the date of publication.
Step 4 - Search and Examination
1. IPOS examiners will search for similar earlier inventions in the same field, aka "prior art";
2. IPOS examiners will examine and compare the prior art to the patent application and determine if the prior art destroys the novelty of the patent application. The patent examiner will also determine if the other patentability criteria (such as inventive step and industrial application) are met;
3. After the search and examination process, an examination report or a supplementary examination report will be issued to you. The examination report will detail the patent examiners’ opinion on the registrability of the patent application;
4. If there are no unresolved objections, you will be issued a notice of eligibility to proceed to grant;
5. If there are one or more unresolved objections, you are required to respond to the written opinion within a maximum of 5 months. If the outstanding issues cannot be resolved within 18 months from the date of the first written opinion, you will receive a Notice of Intention to Refuse from the Registry of Patents.
Step 5 - Grant
1. We will file a request for the issuance of the Certificate of Grant within 2 months after the Notice of Eligibility to Proceed to Grant;
2. Once the request is filed and the conditions for grant are satisfied, the Registrar will issue the Certificate of Grant;
3. Once the patent is granted, it will be protected for 20 years from the Date of Filing. Thereafter, the patent is to be maintained yearly, starting from the 5th year.