If you wish to understand the procedure relating to the hearing of disputes before HMD and to find out how to object to the registration of any IP right, please refer to the tables below.
Opposition to National Trade Mark Applications
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Rules 29-40, 72-76 of the Trade Marks Rules
Opposition to International Trade Mark Applications in
Rules 13-18 of the Trade Marks (International Registration) Rules & Rules 72-76 of the Trade Marks Rules
Applications for Revocation
Declaration of Invalidity
Rules 57-60, 72-76 of the Trade Marks Rules
Trade Marks Dispute Resolution Regime for Disputes before IPOS – A Review
One of the three strategic outcomes that the IP Steering Committee has identified in the IP Hub Master Plan released on April 2013 is for Singapore to be a hub for IP dispute resolution. In line with this strategic outcome, the Hearings and Mediation Department (HMD) initiated a Review of the Trade Marks Dispute Resolution Regime at IPOS (Review) in March 2014.
HMD consulted a broad spectrum of stakeholders for the Review, including IP associations as well as IP users. A list of stakeholders consulted is set out in Annex A. We set out in Annex B: (i) details of the feedback received, (ii) our research and response, and (iii) the action which HMD will be taking (or proposes to take) and the approximate timeframe for implementation.
We sincerely hope that these changes will further enhance the framework for the resolution of trade mark disputes before IPOS, and enable IPOS to better serve the IP community in Singapore and beyond.
We are pleased to inform that the implementation of the Review has been formally completed on 31 March 2017.
The main salient changes introduced are as follows:
A new Section 75(3) to allow for appeals where proceedings before IPOS are brought to an end as a result of an interlocutory proceeding.
The following circulars have been issued to provide further clarity in relation to the Registrar's practice:
We have also implemented the Mediation Promotion Scheme (MPS) since 1 April 2016 whereby parties with proceedings before IPOS can apply for funding of up to SGD 5,500 per case (that is, up to SGD 2,750 per party) to attempt mediation as a means of resolving their disputes. In most cases, this amount should be sufficient to fully cover the costs of the mediator and the mediation institution.
We appreciate the feedback and continue to welcome comments and suggestions for improvements.
Application for Revocation of Patents
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Rules 80-85, 5-7 of the Patents Rules
Application for Revocation of Registered Designs
Rules 40-51, 56A-58 of the Registered Designs Rules
Plant Varieties Protection
Objections to Application or Registration of Denominations
Rules 19-33, 61-66, 77 of the Plant Varieties Protection Rules
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