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PATENTS

A patent can help you to protect your new product, process or technical improvement to existing technology. Read on to find out more about registering and managing your patents.

How to Register

Read on for more information on the registration process – including registration criteria, application options, forms and fees, as well as our service commitment. 

Here is a quick example of the registration process. Your registration process may vary, depending on your application requirements or if there are opposition proceedings.
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The details of each stage of the registration process can be found below.

Step 1: Check Registration Criteria for a Patent

Before applying to register your patent, you should check if your patent fulfils the registration criteria. Here are four quick questions to guide you on determining the registrability of your patent:

a. Is Your Invention Patentable?
For an invention to be patentable, it must, in general, satisfy three key criteria:
  1. New – The invention should not be publicly known in any way, anywhere in the world. Owners of inventions should be careful to keep the invention secret until a patent application has been successfully made. If the idea has already been talked about, commercially exploited, advertised or demonstrated, then the novelty of the invention may be compromised.
  2. Inventive step – The invention must be an improvement over any existing product or process that is already available. The improvement must not be obvious to someone with technical skills or knowledge in the field of the invention.
  3. Industrial application – The invention must be useful and have some form of practical application. It should be capable of being made or used in some form of industry.

A method of treatment of the human or animal body by surgery, therapy or diagnosis practised on the human or animal body is not patentable.

An invention that is generally expected to encourage offensive, immoral or anti-social behaviour will not be published or patentable.

b. Did You Disclose Your Invention to Anyone?
Disclosing your invention may compromise the novelty and affect your patent application.

If your invention needs to be disclosed to a third party before a patent application is made, it is a good idea to draw up a non-disclosure agreement (NDA). Disclosure to the invention can be made after a date of filing has been obtained for the application.
c. Did You Check Whether There are Existing Inventions Similar to Yours?
Before you apply for a patent, it is a good idea to run a search on existing patents to see if your invention already exists. You can also avoid scenarios where there might be possible infringement of other patents filed or granted.

You may tap on online databases such as IP2SG  to search or engage professional services.
d. Are You Entitled to Register for the Patent?

You are entitled to register the patent if you are:

  1. An employer and the invention was made by your employee in his normal course of duties;
  2. A person who has entered into an agreement with the inventor before making the invention, such that you are entitled to the invention; or
  3. The inventor.
Step 2: Apply for a Patent

Before you apply to register a patent, learn more about the different options available.

Registering a Patent in Singapore

Pre-filing Checklist

When applying for patent in Singapore, use this pre-filing checklist:

  • Determine what countries you intend to file for protection – The scope of patent protection, and the cost of protection, varies from country to country. Generally, protection should be sought in the countries which are your key markets.

  • Prepare a technical and accurate description of your patent – For your invention to be granted a patent protection that is effective, it is important that your patent applications are technically and legally accurate. This will save you time, money and increase your chance for a favourable patent application. You can consider engaging the services of a registered patent agent to assist with the submission of your patent application. Alternatively, you can refer to the PDF icon information sheet on requirements for filing patent applications with IPOS.

  • Ensure your claims are ready – If your claims are not fully ready, you may apply for a Provisional Application to secure an early filing date for your invention. However, as claims are essential in defining the scope of protection sought, it should be furnished within 12 months* to complete the patent application. Failure to do so would result in the patent application being treated as having been abandoned.

  • Obtain a written authorisation from IPOS – If you are residing in Singapore and plan to apply for a patent outside of Singapore first, you need to obtain a written authorisation from IPOS for national security clearance before doing so. Failure to do so would result in you being liable to a fine and/or imprisonment.

There are two routes of applying for a patent in Singapore – directly with IPOS via domestic route, or through PCT National Phase Entry route.

Registry of Patents Quality Policy

We strive to work effectively with all interested parties to provide quality products and services to the satisfaction of our customers and meet the applicable requirements. We are committed to improving our systems and processes for greater validity, reliability and timeliness of our products and services.

The Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS), Registry of Patents has been ISO certified for the management of national patent search and examination process, and payment.

Registering a Patent Outside of Singapore
Patent protection is territorial in nature. This means that if you wish to protect your patent in another country outside of Singapore, you must also file for patent registration in that country.

To obtain patent protection overseas, you can either:

  1. File individual applications in the countries concerned; or
  2. Use the Patent Co-operation Treaty (PCT), which facilitates the filing of International Applications.

IMPORTANT NOTE: If you are a Singapore resident, you are required to obtain written authorisation from IPOS before filing an application for a patent outside of Singapore. This is called a National Security Clearance.

Step 3: Forms & Fees for New Applications
Filing for a Patent in Singapore

Please proceed to our e-services portal, IP2SG , to file your forms online. The acceptable modes of payment can be found here.

We will only accept FormSG for forms/requests that are not available for e-filing in IP2SG. However, in respect of national security clearance, submissions could be made via IP2SG or FormSG

If filing via FormSG,

  • Please provide your email address and Singapore contact number in your submission so that we can provide you with the payment instructions.
  • Payment shall be made via IP2SG's payment platform. You can expect to receive payment instructions via email within 3 working days after we receive your submission.

 

General Forms

Description

Form

Standard List of Country Codes

Word Icon Country Codes  (85KB)

PDF icon Country Codes  (161KB)

Application For Clearance Under S34

Word Icon Section 34  (157KB)

PDF icon Section 34  (272KB)

GST Form (wef 1 Apr 2017)

Word Icon GST  (46KB)

PDF icon GST  (6KB)


Patent Forms

Form

Description 

Fee

PF1_8

Request for the Grant of a Patent / Statement of Inventorship and Right to Grant of Patent

S$160

 PF2

Reference to Registrar on Determination of Entitlement to Patent Before or After Grant

S$450

 NA

Application for Authorisation by Registrar to Carry out Act on Behalf of Person to whom Directions were Given

S$50

 NA

Request for Directions on Handling of Dispute Between Joint Applicants

S$450

 NA

Reference to Registrar to determine the question of a licence

S$450

 PF7

Application to Add and/or Remove Inventors

S$450

 PF8

Statement of Inventorship and of Right to Grant of Patent

No fee

 PF9

Request for Early Publication

S$50

 PF10

Request for Search Report or Supplementary

S$1,650

 PF11

Request for Search and Examination Report

    (a) In a case where the International Search Report/International Preliminary Report has been established by IPOS (for PCT application entering national phase)

S$1,650 plus S$40 for each claim in excess of 20 claims

 
    (b) In any other case

S$1,950 plus S$40 for each claim in excess of 20 claims

 PF11A

Furnishing of Prescribed Details

No Fee

 PF11B

A request for Patent Prosecution Highway is no longer available via Patents Form 11B. Please disregard Part 7 of the form

Furnishing of Prescribed Information

No Fee

 PF11C

Notice of Intention to Rely on International Preliminary Report on Patentability

No Fee

 PF12

Request for Examination Report

S$1,350 plus S$40 for each claim in excess of 20 claims

 PF12A

Request for Supplementary Examination Report

No Fee

 PF12B_13

Request for an Examination Review Report with the Request to Amend Application Before Grant

S$1,350

 PF13

Request to Amend Application Before Grant

No Fee

 PF13A

Response to Written Opinion

No Fee

 PF14

Payment of Fee for Grant of Patent

 
 

 

    (a) Where the application for a patent is lodged before 14 February 2014 and has a date of filing before 1 July 2004

 

S$170

 

 

    (b) Where the application for a patent is lodged on or after 14 February 2014 and has a date of filing before 1 July 2004

     

S$200 plus

i) S$40 for each claim in excess of 20 claims, where a Supplementary Report is relied upon for the issue of the certificate of grant; or

ii) in any other case, S$40 for each claim in excess of the higher of 20 claims in the patent specification for which the Search and Examination Report or Examination Report (as the case may be), relied upon for the issue of the certificate of grant, was requested

 

 

    (c) Where the application for a patent has a date of filing on or after 1 July 2004

 

 PF15

Payment of Renewal Fee and Any Additional Fee

 
 

Renewal Fee

    (a) For each year of renewal in respect of the 5th, 6th or 7th year of the patent

     

S$140

 

 

    (b) For each year of renewal in respect of the 8th, 9th or 10th year of the patent

     

S$370

 

 

    (c) For each year of renewal in respect of the 11th, 12th or 13th year of the patent

     

S$520

 

 

    (d) For each year of renewal in respect of the 14th, 15th or 16th year of the patent

     

S$670

 

 

    (e) For each year of renewal in respect of the 17th, 18th or 19th year of the patent

     

S$820

 

 

    (f) For renewal of the 20th year of the patent

     

S$970

 

 

    (g) For each year of renewal after the 20th year of the patent

     

S$1,200

 

Additional Fee

    (a) For late payment of renewal fee not exceeding one month

     

S$50

 

 

    (b) For late payment of renewal fee for each succeeding month (but not exceeding 6 months)

     

S$100

 PF17

Application Amend Specification After Grant

S$1,250

 PF19

Application for Restoration of Patent

S$500

 PF20

Payment of Additional Fee and Renewal Fee for Restoration of Patent

S$300 plus

 

 

    (a) For each year of renewal in respect of the 5th, 6th or 7th year of the patent

     

S$140

 

 

    (b) For each year of renewal in respect of the 8th, 9th or 10th year of the patent

     

S$370

 

 

    (c) For each year of renewal in respect of the 11th, 12th or 13th year of the patent

     

S$520

 

 

    (d) For each year of renewal in respect of the 14th, 15th or 16th year of the patent

     

S$670

 

 

    (e) For each year of renewal in respect of the 17th, 18th or 19th year of the patent

     

S$820

 

 

    (f) For renewal of the 20th year of the patent

     

S$970

 

 

    (g) For each year of renewal after the 20th year of the patent

     

S$1,200

 PF28

Application for Entry to be Made, or for Cancellation of Entry, in Register to Effect that Licences under Patent are to be Available as of Right

S$40

 NA

Application for Settlement of Terms of Licence of Right

S$380

 NA

Reference to Registrar of Dispute as to Infringement

S$280

 NA

Application for Declaration of Non-Infringement

S$280

 PF34

Application for Information on Corresponding Applications for Patent

S$100

 PF35

Application for Revocation of Patent

S$500

 PF36

Request for Re-examination of Patent 
(a) In Response to Direction of Registrar


(b) Request for a Post-grant Ex Parte Re-examination of the Patent

S$900


S$3,200

 PF37

Entry into National Phase

S$200

 PF38

Payment of Fee for Publication of Translation of International Application and/ or any Amendment to International Application

S$70

 NA

Application to Registrar for International Application to be Treated as Application under Act

S$160

 NA

Payment of Additional Fee for Advertisement of Proposed Correction

NA

 PF45/46/47

Request for Extension of Time or Period

 
 

For an application for a patent lodged before 14 February 2014

    (a) Request under rule 108(3)

     

S$200 for each time or period, and each month or part of a month

 

 

    (b) Request under rule 108(4) or (4A)

     

S$200

 

 

    (c) Payment of additional fee under 108(6)

     

S$200 for each time or period, and each month or part of a month

 

For an application for a patent lodged on or after 14 February 2014

    (a) Request under rule 108(3) or (4)

     

S$200 for each time or  period, and each month or part of a month

 

 

    (b) Request under rule 108(5)

     

S$200 for each time or period, and each month or part of a month

 PF45A

Request for Extension of Periods for Search and Examination and Fee for Grant of Patent

    (a) Where the application is NOT an international application for a patent that has entered the national phase in Singapore;

    (b) Where the application is an international application for a patent that has entered national phase in Singapore

       

 

S$1,800

 

No Fee

 NA

Payment of Transmittal Fee under Patent Co‑operation Treaty

S$150

 NA

Request for Certificate Authorising Release of Sample of Micro-organism

NA

 NA

Notice of Intention to Restrict Availability of Samples of Micro-organisms to Experts

NA

 NA

Notice of objection to Release of Sample of Micro-organism to Expert

S$100

 PF53

Payment of Renewal Fee and Any Additional Fee after Entry is Made in Register to Effect that Licences under Patent are to be Available as of Right

 
 

Renewal Fee

    (a) For each year of renewal in respect of the 5th, 6th or 7th year of the patent

     

S$70

 

 

    (b) For each year of renewal in respect of the 8th, 9th or 10th year of the patent

     

S$185

 

 

    (c) For each year of renewal in respect of the 11th, 12th or 13th year of the patent

     

S$260

 

 

    (d) For each year of renewal in respect of the 14th, 15th or 16th year of the patent

     

S$335

 

 

    (e) For each year of renewal in respect of the 17th, 18th or 19th year of the patent

     

S$410

 

 

    (f) For renewal of the 20th year of the patent

     

S$485

 

 

    (g) For each year of renewal after the 20th year of the patent

     

S$600

 

Additional Fee

    (a) For late payment of renewal fee not exceeding one month

     

S$50

 

 

    (b) For late payment of renewal fee for each succeeding month (but not exceeding 6 months)

     

S$100

 PF54

Application for Extension of Term of Patent

S$950

 PF56

Filing of Drawing(s), Description or Part of Description

No Fee

 PF57 

Addition, Correction or Late Declaration of Priority

    (a) For declaration under rule 9(2) or request under rule 9(3)

    (b) For request under rule 9A(2)

       

 


S$120


S$250

  

Notice of Opposition –

    (a) To an application under section 24

    (b) To an amendment of a specification after grant

    (c) To an application under section 54(1) or (3) for cancellation of an entry in the register

    (d) To the correction of an error, clerical error or mistake 



S$40

S$480


S$90

S$100

 CM1

Request to Appoint, Change or Remove Agent

No Fee

 CM2 (Only e-filing available)

Request to Change Name, Address and Singapore Address for Service of Agent, Applicant, Proprietor or Other Interested Person

No Fee

 CM3

Request to Surrender Patent

No Fee

 CM4

Request for Correction of Error

    (a) For the correction of form, correction of register of Patents, or correction of documents other than form or specification of a patent or of an application for a patent

    (b) For the correction of specification of a patent or of an application for a patent 

       

S$50

 


S$120

 CM6

Application to Register, Amend or Terminate Licence

S$60 per application number

 CM7

Application to Register, Amend or Terminate Security Interest

S$50 per application number

 CM8

Application to Register Transfer of Ownership

S$70 per application number

 CM9

Request for Withdrawal of Application

No Fee

CM10 (Only e-filing available) 

Request for File Inspection

S$30

 NA

Application to Record Order of Court

NA

 CM12

Request for Certified Copy of Entry in Register or Certified Extract from Register/ Request for Certified Document Relating to Patent or Application for Patent

    (a) For certificate in electronic form (i.e. soft copy)

    (b) For certificate in paper form (i.e. hard copy)

       

 


S$28 per copy

S$35 per copy

HC1

Notice of Attendance at Hearing

S$715

HC2

Request to Extract Registrar's Certificate of Taxation
(for award of costs made before 1 October 2021)

S$80

HC3

Request for Extension of Time

    (a) first extension of that period

    (b) second or subsequent extension of that period

       

No Fee for 1st Request

S$100 for each Subsequent Request

HC4

Request for Ex Parte Hearing

S$100

HC5

Request for Grounds of Decision for Ex Parte Hearing

S$700

HC6

Counter-Statement

S$360

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