Accelerated Programmes


To secure a patent right, there are several options that applicant may explore to speed up the patent grant process.

This will help:
  1. to provide early certainty to the patent application that you wish to protect;
  2. to facilitate discussion promptly with interested investors;
  3. to strengthen your company’s position in the market space ahead of time; and
  4. to allow ease of synchronisation of your patent rights formation with product development
For more information on how to file a patent, please check out the filing procedure for a patent application.

Technology Field Specific Accelerated Programmes

 

FinTech Fast Track

The Fintech Fast Track (FTFT) initiative was launched on 26 April 2018 to expedite the application-to-grant process for FinTech patent applications to as fast as 6 months. This programme is stipulated to end on 25 April 2020.
 
The objective of this initiative is to support the growth of Fintech innovations in Singapore, as well as to enable businesses to market and commercialise their products and services more rapidly. Businesses can also use this expedited service as a Launchpad to obtain patent protection globally.

Find out more about patenting in FinTech from our Infokit, as well as the FTFT initiative from our FinTech Fast Track Circular and FinTech Fast Track Process Infographic. More information about FinTech Statistics in 2018 can be found here

You may register your interest with us if you have a FinTech invention to be filed.


Accelerated Initiative for Artificial Intelligence

Accelerated Initiative for Artificial Intelligence (AI2) was launched on 26 April 2019 to expedite the application-to-grant process for AI patent applications to as fast as 6 months^.
 
The initiative will strongly complement Singapore’s shift towards a digital economy, and supports innovative enterprises that are looking to bring their AI products faster to the global market.
 
Find out more about the AI2 from our Accelerated Initiative for Artificial Intelligence Circular and AI2 infographic. To understand IPOS’ examination practice for AI inventions, please refer to the Examination Guides for Patent Applications at IPOS: Chapter 8 under heading ii. Scientific theories and mathematical methods.
 
You may also register your interest with us if you have an AI invention to be filed.
 
^ This initiative will be launched for a period of two years and it will be limited to the first 50 applications filed. IPOS will have to discretion to adjust the cap and/or the criteria as deemed fit thereafter and prior notice will be given.


12 Months File-to-Grant

As part of the performance pledge for IP registration for patents, patent applicants can obtain a grant of their Singapore application within a period of 12 months from the filing of the application, subject to fulfilment of certain requirements.

Read the requirements for 12 months file-to-grant to qualify.


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.

Please click here for PPH statistics

How to qualify for PPH

  • 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.

Who are the IPOS PPH-partner offices?

  • IPOS has PPH pilot programmes with the China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA), 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.
  • The GPPH 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.

How to initiate PPH

  • PPH is to be initiated by the applicant. A PPH request is to be filed with the IP Office where the examination process of the patent application is to be accelerated.
  • Details of the PPH programmes (including the procedures and requirements) with the respective offices can be found here.


05 ASPECTF15 - ASPEC Brochure (ASPEC-AIM and ASPEC-PCT)

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.

ASPEC statistics are available on the ASEAN IP Portal.

For more information on ASPEC:

ASPEC Brochure  PDF icon ASPEC Brochure (Updated Aug 2015)
Notice and Procedures  PDF icon ASPEC Notice and Procedures (Revised 5 Oct 2017)
ASPEC Request Form  Word Icon ASPEC Request Form (Revised 12 Feb 2014)
  Word Icon ASPEC Claims Correspondence Table (12 Feb 2014)
  PDF icon ASPEC Request Form (Revised 12 Feb 2014) - Sample



All ASPEC requests to all participating AMS IP offices can now be made electronically through the ASEAN IP Portal.  


ASPEC Acceleration for Industry 4.0 Infrastructure and Manufacturing (ASPEC-AIM)

ASPEC Acceleration for Industry 4.0 Infrastructure and Manufacturing (ASPEC-AIM)

ASPEC AIM prioritises Industry 4.0 patent applications and enables first office actions to be issued within six months. The pilot will run for a period of two years starting from 27 August 2019, and is limited to 50 applications a year.

To make an ASPEC AIM request:

Please indicate on the ASPEC request form the request for ASPEC AIM under remarks or submit a cover letter indicating the intent to use ASPEC AIM pilot for offices where ASPEC request form is not mandatory.

For any further questions on ASPEC-AIM, please direct them to aspec@ipos.gov.sg.


Patents Cooperation Treaty-ASPEC (PCT-ASPEC)

Patents Cooperation Treaty-ASPEC (PCT-ASPEC)

The scope of ASPEC has been broadened to include Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) reports issued from an ASEAN International Searching Authority and International Preliminary Examining Authority (ISA and IPEA)^. This is in addition to the search reports and the examination reports issued by participating AMS IP Offices. The pilot will run for a period of three years starting from 27 August 2019.

To make a PCT-ASPEC request:

(i)     please indicate on the ASPEC request form the request for PCT-ASPEC under remarks or submit a cover letter indicating the intent to use PCT-ASPEC pilot for offices where ASPEC request form is not mandatory; and

(ii)     email the monitoring authority (aspec@ipos.gov.sg) and PCT-ASPEC focal point of the requisite details:

I.     PCT application no;
II.    Desired 2nd AMS and application no. in the 2nd AMS;
III.   Date of request;
IV.   Title of invention;
V.    Applicant.

For any further questions on PCT ASPEC, please direct them to aspec@ipos.gov.sg.

^ Administered by the World Intellectual Property Organization, international search and international preliminary examination can only be carried out by appointed International Authorities known as ISA and IPEAs. As of date, Singapore and the Philippines are among the 23 IP Offices around the world that are appointed as ISAs and IPEAs.

 


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:

1) Re-register their Singapore patents at the MIH


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



2) Submit an IPOS-issued Search and Examination (S&E) report to MIH for the grant of a Cambodia-related patent application


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.