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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.

Managing Patents

If you have submitted a patent application, or already obtained your patent registration, learn more on how you can renew or restore your patent registration.

Renew or Restore Your Patent

Patent Renewal
The term of a patent is 20 years from the Date of Filing of the patent application or, in the event that a patent term extension is granted, up to the end of the extended term, subject to the payment of annual renewal fees.

The proprietor is required to renew the patent annually, starting from the fourth anniversary. This renewal is intended to maintain the patent in force for the upcoming year. This allows the proprietor to review and determine whether it is of commercial interest to maintain the patent. Subsequent renewal will be due on the anniversary of the Date of Filing. The patent will lapse if the renewal fee is not paid within the prescribed period. This allows public access to the invention disclosed in the patent.

A patent can be renewed 3 months before the renewal due date. If a patent is not renewed by the renewal due date, it may be renewed within 6 months with additional late payment fees.

The patent may be renewed using Patents Form 15. If the patent has been endorsed with License as of Right (LOR), the patent can be renewed with Patents Form 53, with renewal fees halved. Bearing in mind that once a request to cancel the LOR is approved, the balance of the previously halved renewal fees will have to be paid to the Registry.

If the patent has lapsed due to non-payment of renewal fees, the Formalities officer will refuse the application and invite the applicant to Request for Restoration by filing Patents Form 19 together with a Statutory Declaration. Upon refusal, a refund request will be initiated. 

Patent Restoration
A patent will cease to have effect at the end of the prescribed period for the payment of renewal fee if it is not paid within that period. The status of the patent will be updated as “Lapsed (“Restoration possible)” once the due date to pay for renewal fees with late payment fees has expired (i.e. within 6 months after the renewal due date).

It is possible to restore the patent within 18 months (for patents lapsed on or after 14 Feb 2014) if the proprietor is able to demonstrate that the lapse of the patent was unintentional. Third parties’ rights which can accrue would be protected. 

The proprietor may request for Restoration of Patent by filing Patents Form 19 together with a Statutory Declaration. 

For patent lapsed on or after 14 Feb 2014, restoration is allowed if the Registrar is satisfied that the failure to pay renewal fees within the prescribed period is unintentional. The unintentional test is applied on the proprietor of the patent or any person entitled to the patent at the time when renewal fees was payable.

The proprietor may proceed to make the payment of additional fee and renewal fee for Restoration of Patent by filing Patents Form 20 within 2 months from date of the Registrar’s notification.

 

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