Patent Prosecution Highway
The Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) is a programme between IP Offices where the examination process of a patent application in one IP Office can be accelerated by referencing the examination results from another IP Office. Such a work-sharing arrangement allows applicants to obtain corresponding patents faster and more efficiently.
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Corresponding or related patent applications for the same invention filed in the IPOS and in any of IPOS’ PPH-partner offices; and
Claim(s) that are determined to be allowable in application(s) filed in IPOS or in any of IPOS’ PPH-partner offices.
IPOS has PPH pilot programmes with the State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO), Mexican Institute of Industrial Property (IMPI) and the European Patent Office (EPO).
IPOS is also a participating office of the Global Patent Prosecution Highway (GPPH) pilot programme.
Under the GPPH pilot, a request for accelerated examination of an IPOS patent application can be made by relying on the patent search and examination results (national work products) or international search and/or examination results under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) (PCT work products) established by any of the other GPPH participating offices.
network has 25 participating offices including the Japan Patent Office, United States Patent and Trademark Office, Korean Intellectual Property Office and the German Patent and Trademark Office.
- GPPH Pilot
- PPH (IPOS-SIPO) (launched on 1 September 2013)
- PPH (IPOS-IMPI) (launched on 14 April 2014)
- PPH (IPOS-EPO) (launched on 6 January 2015)
ASEAN Patent Examination Co-operation
The ASEAN Patent Examination Co-operation (ASPEC) was launched on 15 June 2009.
It is the first regional patent work-sharing programme among 9 participating ASEAN Member States (AMS) IP Offices of Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Viet Nam.
The purpose of ASPEC is to share search and examination results between the participating IP Offices to allow applicants in participating countries to obtain corresponding patents faster and more efficiently.
ASPEC is intended to reduce duplication on the search and examination work done, thereby saving time and effort. Additionally, search and examination work done on a corresponding application serves as a useful reference in producing quality reports.
ASPEC operates in the English language in all participating AMS IP Offices and is free-of-charge to the applicant at any participating AMS IP Office. However, the search and examination fees at the respective AMS IP Offices will still apply.
All ASPEC requests to all participating AMS IP offices can now be made electronically through the ASEAN IP Portal
ASPEC statistics are also available on the ASEAN IP Portal.
ASPEC Brochure ASPEC Brochure (Updated Aug 2015)
Notice and Procedures ASPEC Notice and Procedures (Revised 5 Oct 2017)
ASPEC Request Form ASPEC Request Form (Revised 12 Feb 2014)
ASPEC Claims Correspondence Table (12 Feb 2014)
ASPEC Request Form (Revised 12 Feb 2014) - Sample
Patent Cooperation with Cambodia
Under the cooperation between IPOS and the Ministry of Industry & Handicraft (MIH) of Cambodia, patent owners or applicants in Singapore will be able to:
A Singapore patent can be re-registered in Cambodia subject to the following conditions:
- The Singapore patent must be in force at the time of lodgement of re-registration request;
- The Singapore patent must have a filing date on or after 22 January 2003; and
- The Singapore patent must meet the Cambodian requirements for patentability
Applicants without an address for service in Cambodia may submit their request through a Cambodia patent agent firm or law firm.
A detailed guide on the re-registration process can be found here.
The official form and continuation sheets for re-registering a Singapore patent in Cambodia are as follows: Official Form and Continuation Sheet
Patent applicants in Singapore who have a Cambodia related patent application may request IPOS to submit a copy of the (i) final S&E report issued by IPOS and (ii) final specifications of the Singapore related patent application to MIH for the grant of the Cambodia related patent application. To facilitate the grant of the Cambodia related patent application, the applicant may also request for the specifications of the Cambodia related patent application to be amended accordingly to the final specifications of the Singapore related patent application.
The detailed procedure for the submission process, including a non-exhaustive list of examples of related patent applications, can be found here