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The IP Office of Singapore (IPOS) is one of the nine IP offices in the world recognized by WIPO as a Supplementary Search Authority (SSA).
The purpose of the SIS is to provide applicants the option of requesting a supplementary search (second opinion) to be carried out by a different International Searching Authority (ISA) other than the Authority, in charge of handling the PCT application.
By expanding both the linguistic and technical scopes of searched documentation, the SIS has tremendous potential to reduce the risk of new prior art being cited in the national phase.
A robust IP rights regime is essential to encourage innovation and growth of commerce. IPOS provides various services during patent prosecution to enhance patent portfolio management.