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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.

Practice Guidelines & Circulars

Circulars

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2021

10 Sep 2021 PDF icon Circular No. 4/2021 Potentially Misleading Business Names of Non-official Entities 
10 Sep 2021 PDF icon Circular No. 3/2021 Introduction of Amendments to the Patents Rules and Electronic Filing and Service of Documents 
15 Jul 2021  PDF icon Circular No. 2/2021  Public Consultation on Intellectual Property (Amendment) Bill 2021 
1 Feb 2021 PDF icon Circular No. 1/2021 New IP2SG website address


2020

25 Aug 2020 PDF icon Circular No. 6/2020 Expansion of SG Patent Fast Track Programme on 1 September 2020
17 Aug 2020 PDF icon Circular No. 5/2020 Public Consultation on Proposed Changes to Simplify and Streamline Intellectual Property Processes and Improve User Experience with Digital Initiatives
2 Jun 2020 PDF icon Circular No. 4/2020 DOCX (Microsoft Word) File Format as an Alternative Format to File Patent Specifications
2 Jun 2020 PDF icon Circular No. 3/2020 Introduction of Amendments to Subsidiary Legislation in Response to COVID-19
27 Apr 2020 PDF icon Circular No. 2/2020 Launch of the SG Patent Fast Track Programme on 4 May 2020
17 Apr 2020 PDF icon Circular No. 1/2020 COVID-19: Further Information on Excluded Days


2019

31 Oct 2019

PDF icon Circular No. 3/2019

New Online Payment Platform on IP2SG and Revised Patents Formalities Manual

26 Apr 2019

PDF icon Circular No. 2/2019

Launch of AI2 : Accelerated Initiative for Artificial Intelligence - An Accelerated Application-to-Grant Service for Patent Applications in Artificial Intelligence

4 Mar 2019

PDF icon Circular No. 1/2019

One Year Extension of FinTech Fast Track till 25 April 2020


2018

21 Sep 2018

PDF icon Circular No. 10/2018

Electronic filing of Form CM12 for PCT applications and Clarification of PCT Operational Procedures

14 Sep 2018

PDF icon Circular No. 9/2018

100% e-Payment with effect from 1 November 2018

8 Aug 2018

PDF icon Circular No. 8/2018

Decommissioning of Email-Based IP2SG Accounts on 1 September 2018

1 Aug 2018

PDF icon Circular No. 7/2018

Revised Patents Formalities Manual and Formalities Procedures for Voluntary Amendments and Response to Written Opinion

18 Jul 2018

PDF icon Circular No. 6/2018

Updated Guidelines on Request for Correction of Error (Form CM4)

1 Jun 2018

PDF icon Circular No. 5/2018

Contact Information for Patent-related Enquiries

18 May 2018

PDF icon Circular No. 4/2018

Updated Guidelines on Request for Correction of Error 

26 Apr 2018

PDF icon Circular No. 3/2018

Launch of FinTech Fast Track Initiative: An Accelerated File-to-Grant Service for Financial Technology Patent Applications

19 Apr 2018

PDF icon Circular No. 2/2018

New Electronic Services on IP2SG for Managing International Applications filed under the PCT

3 Apr 2018

PDF icon Circular No. 1/2018

Changes Pertaining to Form CM8 wef 21 April 2018



2017

21 Nov 2017 PDF icon Circular No. 8/2017 Enhancements to Patent Application Process
6 Oct 2017 PDF icon Circular No. 7/2017
Amendment to Patents Act and Rules To Enter Into Force On 30 October 2017 
22 Aug 2017  PDF icon Circular No. 6/2017
Examiner-initiated Informal Communications wef 15 September 2017
24 Jul 2017 PDF icon Circular No. 5/2017
Launch of Patents Open Dossier on IP2SG and Patents Formalities Manual
5 Jul 2017  PDF icon Circular No. 4/2017
Unsolicited IP Services - Requests for Payment of Fees
17 Mar 2017 PDF icon Circular No. 3/2017
Slides used in the Information Sharing Session relating to the Implementation of Goods and Services Tax (“GST”) conducted on 10 Mar 2017
2 Mar 2017 PDF icon Circular No. 2/2017
Information Sharing Session relating to the Implementation of Goods and Services Tax
3 Feb 2017 PDF icon Circular No. 1/2017 Revised Fees, Implementation of Goods and Services Tax and Change in Procedure for Amendment and Correction of Patents documents with effect from 1 April 2017

2016

23 Dec 2016  PDF icon Circular No. 6/2016
IPOS as the receiving Office under the PCT will be accepting International Applications in Chinese from 1 January 2017
7 Dec 2016 PDF icon Circular No. 5/2016
Circular No. 5/2016: Closure of Supplementary Examination Route as of 1 January 2020
1 Nov 2016 PDF icon Circular No. 4/2016
Launch of eAlert facility in IP2SG
27 Oct 2016 PDF icon Circular No. 3/2016 Circular No. 3/2016: Public Consultation on Proposed Amendments to Singapore's Patents Legislation
3 Oct 2016 PDF icon Circular No. 2/2016
Circular No. 2/2016:Two Pieces of PatentsLegislation to be brought into Force on 1 November 2016
30 Jun 2016 PDF icon Circular No. 1/2016
Updated Guidelines on the Assessment of Patent Post-Grant Amendments

For pre-2015 circulars, please click here.

Practice Directions

2021

PDF icon IP2SG Practice Direction No. 1 of 2021
Electronic Online System (EOS)
PDF icon Registries Practice Direction No. 1 of 2021Alternative Filing Modes and Service of Documents

2020

PDF icon IP2SG Practice Direction No. 1 of 2020
Electronic Online System (EOS)
PDF icon Registries Practice Direction No. 3 of 2020Alternative Filing Modes and Service of Documents 
PDF icon Registries Practice Direction No. 2 of 2020 Excluded days
PDF icon Registries Practice Direction No. 1 of 2020 Excluded days


2019

PDF icon IP2SG Practice Direction No. 2 of 2019  Electronic Online System (EOS) 
PDF icon Registries Practice Direction No. 1 of 2019 Excluded days
PDF icon IP2SG Practice Direction No. 1 of 2019 Electronic Online System (EOS)

2018

PDF icon IP2SG Practice Direction No. 1 of 2018
Electronic Online System (EOS)
PDF icon Practice Direction No. 3 of 2018 Day of Interruption to the Electronic Online System, IP2SG
PDF icon Practice Direction No. 2 of 2018 Day of Interruption to the Electronic Online System, IP2SG
PDF icon Practice Direction No. 1 of 2018 Day of Interruption to the Electronic Online System, IP2SG

2017

PDF icon IP2SG Practice Direction No. 1 of 2017  Electronic Online System (EOS) 

2015

PDF icon Practice Direction No. 2 of 2015   Excluded days
PDF icon Practice Direction No. 1 of 2015  Excluded days

For pre-2015 practice directions, please click here.




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