IPOS and World Intellectual Property Organization discuss developments in the innovation & IP ecosystem

27 Feb 2017 – IPOS had the honour of hosting Deputy Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Mr John Sandage, on 22 Feb 2017. Mr Sandage shared with Chief Executive of IPOS, Mr Daren Tang, as well as members of the senior management on the future developments of the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) – an international patent filing system that assists businesses and inventors to seek patent protection amongst the 151 countries through a single international patent application. Mr Sandage also discussed key issues raised at the Standing Committee on the Law of Patents (SCP), pertaining to the progressive international development of patent law. Additionally, Mr Sandage provided updates on WIPO’s Arbitration and Mediation Center, a neutral, international and non-profit dispute resolution provider that offers time- and cost-efficient alternative dispute resolution options.


IPOS took the opportunity to share recent developments in Singapore’s innovation and IP ecosystem, including related recommendations set out in the Committee on Future Economy (CFE) report. In addition, IPOS reported on the progress made since her appointment as an International Searching Authority (ISA) and International Preliminary Examining Authority (IPEA) under the PCT, and the factors that contributed to her consistent timeliness in the production of high quality reports. The search and examination of PCT applications can only be conducted by appointed ISAs and IPEAs. IPOS is the first IP Office in the ASEAN region to receive this appointment in 2014.


As a global IP hub serving the cross-border flow of ideas and technology, IPOS has shifted from her role as a regulatory agency to that of an innovation agency, and will continue to harness the power of our networks to strengthen Singapore’s innovation ecosystem.