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  • Patent fees

Fees associated with filing patent applications in Singapore, as well as other patent fees, are available in the fee calculator.

  • The term for filing patent applications in Singapore

The term for filing application claiming priority is 12 months from the date of priority. This term may be restored within 14 months from the date of priority.

  • Minimum filing requirements in Singapore

To obtain the date of filing a Singaporean patent application should contain:
- a request to grant a patent with applicant's and inventor's details such as name, nationality, address and country of incorporation (for a company), priority date and number (if any);
- a description of the invention
- any drawing(s) referred to in the description or any claim(s);
- an abstract.
Claims are not required to be furnished at the time of filing a patent application to obtain a date of filing, but should be furnished within 12 months to complete the application.

  • Language of the Singaporean patent application

The official language of the Singaporean patent application is English. Filing an application in any other foreign language is not possible. A verification statement is required and can be submitted after filing.

  • Priority document

Submission of the priority document is not required for filing patent applications in Singapore.

  • Power of Attorney requirements

Submission of the Power of Attorney is not required for filing patent applications in Singapore.

  • Substantive examination request

An applicant of the Singaporean patent application has several options of patent registration (timeframe for filing corresponding requests is indicated in brackets and counted from the date of filing, or if priority is claimed from the date of priority):
- to file a request for a search (13 months, extendable by 18 months) and examination (36 months, extendable by 18 months);
- to file a combined request for search and examination (36 months, extendable by 18 months);
- to file a request for examination (36 months, extendable for 18 months) based on foreign search report;
- to rely on a foreign patent results of a search and examination report of the corresponding application (54 months from the priority date, extendable by 18 months) in Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea, the UK, the USA and the EPO. The supplementary examination may be requested for applications filed in Singapore before January 1, 2020.

It is possible to file a request for use of the search and examination results from the ASPEC member-country, and thus expedite the examination process. 

  • Novelty grace period

A 12 month novelty grace period before filing the application, or, if priority is claimed before the priority date provided that the disclosure was made as a result of a breach of confidence or where the inventor revealed the invention at an International Exhibition or before a learned society.

  • Maintenance fees

Patent applications are subject to the payment of the grant fee in Singapore. The first annual fee is due on the fourth anniversary of the Singaporean filing date (for the fifth year).

  • Representation by a patent attorney

Foreigners must perform the patent prosecution in Singapore through an agent, a Singaporean-registered patent attorney.

  • Notes

1. Online database for Singaporean Patents.
2. Patents filed in Singapore on or after January 22, 2003 may be reregistered in Cambodia and obtain effect without examination.
3. Patents granted in Singapore may be reregistered in Lao People's Democratic Republic. The patent must be in force at the time of lodgement of reregistration request.
4. Protection of the inventions as utility models in Singapore is not possible.

Brief summary is based on the information provided by Soroker, Agmon, Nordman on 05.03.2020
Please contact us if the above information is not in conformity with Singaporean IP Laws.