Singapore's New FinTech Fast Track Initiative Accelerates Patent Application-To-Grant Process
Singapore, 26 April 2018 – To support the growth of Singapore’s financial technology (FinTech) sector and help businesses bring their FinTech innovations to the market more rapidly, the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS) has launched a new FinTech Fast Track initiative (金融科技专利优速) which provides expedited patent application-to-grant process for FinTech inventions. Under this initiative, FinTech patents can be expected to be granted in as quickly as six months, compared to at least two years for normal applications.
2. In line with the industry transformation map for financial services and to advance the Republic’s Smart Nation agenda, IPOS’ FinTech Fast Track initiative looks to encourage innovative FinTech enterprises and start-ups to develop solutions to meet the surging demand for FinTech solutions in ASEAN, as well as operate effectively within the ambit of Singapore’s well developed financial infrastructure and supportive regulatory policies.
3. This new initiative was announced by Ms Low Yen Ling, Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Ministry of Trade and Industry and Ministry of Education, at the 2018 World Intellectual Property Day (World IP Day) Event held earlier today which saw more than 200 participants from the creative and innovation community gather to celebrate World IP Day alongside 191 member states across the world.
4. A global leader in FinTech, Singapore alongside London, is the top-ranked FinTech hub in the world according to a Deloitte study of 44 hubs across the globe. The FinTech Fast Track initiative will complement the Monetary Authority of Singapore’s S$225 million Financial Sector Technology and Innovation (FSTI) funding scheme which is designed to boost FinTech development in Singapore.
5. Mr Daren Tang (邓鸿森), Chief Executive of IPOS (新加坡知识产权局局长), said, “Singapore is a place where great ideas from anywhere in the world can be commercialised. By significantly reducing the time needed for grant of a FinTech patent, our innovative enterprises will be able to compete effectively through their intellectual property and use these intellectual assets to scale up and enter the world’s market. At the same time, we hope to see the emergence of more FinTech innovations that will improve the way we transact in our daily lives, bringing greater value and convenience to our people, and paving the way to achieve our national goal of becoming a Smart Nation”
6. Mr Sopnendu Mohanty (莫汉帝), Chief FinTech Officer of MAS (新加坡金融管理局首席金融科技官), said, “In an industry where time-to-market is critical, the expedited process for FinTech patents will enable businesses to commercialise their products and services more quickly. The FinTech Fast Track will make Singapore more attractive as a destination for FinTech firms, and help further strengthen Singapore’s FinTech ecosystem.”
7. Mr Chia Hock Lai (谢福来), President of the Singapore FinTech Association (新加坡金融科技协会会长), said, "The Singapore FinTech sector is growing rapidly. With innovation at its heart, a swifter patent application process will help companies come to market faster. The FinTech Fast Track is an excellent initiative, and one that will support and aid in further growing our community."
8. Mr Branson Lee (李璟宽), Co-Founder of Morpheus Labs (摩耳甫斯实验室联合创办人), said, “This is great news for the FinTech community and we appreciate such a pro-business and forward-looking initiative. As we develop more sophisticated FinTech solutions, the expedited patent application process will help companies with rich innovations, such as ours, gain a headstart in bringing our technology and brand to the market.”
9. Details on FinTech Fast Track are available on Circular No. 3/2018 and in ANNEX A.
 Source: Monetary Authority of Singapore, Press Release, 30 October 2017
 Source: Deloitte, A tale of 44 Cities, Connecting Global FinTech Interim Hub Review 2017, April 2017