Patents and Designs legislative amendments to enter into force on 30 Oct 2017

As part of IPOS’ effort to provide a fit-for-purpose legal and policy framework to support innovative individuals and businesses, the Patents (Amendment) Act 2017 and the Patents (Amendment No.2) Rules 2017 will enter into force on 30 Oct 2017. The revised Examination Guidelines for Patent Applications at IPOS (Oct 2017 version) (“Guidelines”) will also be published on the same day on the IPOS Website. 
 
Key features of the amendments include:-
  1. broadening of grace period;
  2. changes to supplementary examination; and
  3. amendments to the Guidelines on isolated products from nature and the assessment of post-grant amendments.
Read more in our Patents Circular No.7/2017
 
As part of IPOS’ effort to provide a conducive legal and policy framework to support the growth of the local design industry as well as to take into account latest trends in design and technology, the Registered Designs (Amendment) Act 2017 (“RDAA 2017”) and its corresponding subsidiary legislation amendments, will enter into force on 30 Oct 2017.
 
Key features of the amendments include:
  1. broadening the scope of designs that can be registered;
  2. changing default ownership position of a commissioned design;
  3. broadening and lengthening of grace period; and
  4. allowing multiple designs to be filed in a single application.