If you wish to apply for plant varieties protection, you should do it at the earliest opportunity as the system in Singapore operates on a first-to-file basis (the first person to file an application will, in general, have priority over others for the same design).
Singapore, is a member of the UPOV Convention , hence if you have a corresponding application filed earlier in a UPOV Convention member country , you may claim priority from this first-filed application, provided your Singapore application is filed within 12 months from the date of the first filing. Similarly, if your application is first filed in Singapore, it can be used to claim priority in a corresponding application filed in a UPOV Convention member country, provided that the corresponding application is filed within 12 months from the date of the first-filed Singapore application.
Although it is not a requirement that a plant varieties protection application be filed through an agent, an applicant may wish to appoint an agent to act on his behalf. The Registry recommends that applicants seek legal advice to determine the scope of their rights.
To file your application, you must complete the application form and the technical questionnaire and submit your application and payment to:
Registrar of Plant Varieties, Registry of Plant Varieties
Intellectual Property Office of Singapore
51 Bras Basah Road
#04-01 Manulife Centre
Payment can be made by NETS, cashcard, GIRO, cheque (crossed), money order or bank draft (in Singapore dollars) to Intellectual Property Office of Singapore. For submission by mail, the application form must be completed and duly signed together with all the required documents and a cheque, money order, bank draft or request for GIRO payment.
How your plant varieties protection application is processed
The examination of the application will be administered by IPOS and the technical examination of the new plant variety will be conducted locally by the Agri-Food Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA).
This flowchart outlines what happens after you have submitted your application.
Applying for plant variety protection outside Singapore
Protection for plant varieties is territorial in nature. If you wish to obtain protection in countries other than Singapore, you will need to file separate applications in each of these countries as there is no international registration system for filing of an application for the grant of plant varieties.