Enterprises to Benefit as IPOS Obtains ISO 9001 Certification for All Key Patent Processes
Singapore, 6 April 2020 – The Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS) has successfully renewed its International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 9001:2015 certification.1 Singapore is amongst the International Authorities under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) with this certification.2
Innovators can be confident in using IPOS’ high quality and timely patent services to launch their patented products or services from Singapore and through Singapore to new markets effectively. In addition, with IPOS’ multilateral and bilateral agreements internationally and in ASEAN, innovators can leverage on IPOS’ patent reports to accelerate their patent application processes in more than 30 markets.3
This is a testimony of IPOS’ commitment to a continuous pursuit in delivering quality improvements to meet the expectations and growing needs of the international innovation community. In 2018, IPOS achieved the ISO certification for its patent search and examination administration. The latest renewal extends the certification to its full suite of key patent processes for both national and international patent applications.
IPOS’ efficient patent system and hyper-connectivity to important markets anchor Singapore’s reputation in offering one of the best pro-business IP regimes in the world, including being second in the world and top in Asia for best IP protection in the World Economic Forum Global Competitiveness Report 2019 and other international rankings.
1 ISO (the International Organization for Standardization) is an international agency composed of the national standard bodies of more than one million organisations from more than 160 countries. The latest version of ISO 9001:2015 which defines the international standard that specifies requirements for a quality management system was released in September 2015.
2 International Authorities under the PCT with ISO 9001:2015 certification include Canadian Patent Office, European Patent Office, and Swedish Patent and Registration Office.
3 These markets include China, Germany, Japan, Korea, Mexico, United States and Viet Nam via our Global Patent Prosecution Highway (GPPH), Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) and regional ASEAN Patent Examination Cooperation (ASPEC) networks. IPOS has also established bilateral cooperation with Department of Industrial Property, Ministry of Industry and Handicraft, Cambodia and Department of Intellectual Property, Ministry of Science and Technology, Lao People’s Democratic Republic to allow patent granted in Singapore to be re-registered in Cambodia and Laos respectively.
The Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS) is a government agency under the Ministry of Law. Our mission is to use our intellectual property (IP) expertise and networks to drive Singapore’s future growth, and build Singapore into a hub where innovative enterprises use IP and intangible assets to grow. More information on IPOS can be found at www.ipos.gov.sg.
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