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Obtaining and protecting intellectual property rights is a strategic necessity for businesses. The IP Office of Singapore (IPOS) International and its patent examiners help businesses innovate and grow by ensuring the grant of high-quality patents.
The IP Office of Singapore (IPOS) International was founded to provide high quality patent search and examination and patent analytics services. The parent IPOS, is a statutory board established in 2001 under the Ministry of Law in Singapore. At present, IPOS has more than 300 people including its subsidiaries.
IPOS has been appointed as an International Authority under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) by the World Intellectual Property Office (WIPO) in 2014. To date, IPOS has been recognized as a competent International Authority by IP offices around the world including USA, Japan, Mexico, Indonesia, Vietnam and Thailand. In order to reduce time taken for patent applications to grant, IPOS is a member of numerous patent acceleration initiatives, covering a network of more than 30 countries.
Our Quality Policy | We strive to work together with our customers to provide high quality products and services which are delivered in an efficient and consistent manner. We are committed to continually improve our systems, practices and programs in order to provide robust intellectual property rights that will foster a thriving and vibrant Singapore intellectual property environment.
To be the global partner for an intellectual property-driven economy
Build and sustain a world-class Patent Search and Examination capability that:
so as to foster innovation and creativity for Singapore's future growth.
Singapore’s IP regime has grown tremendously in the past 80 years. The business-friendly IP regime has been consistently ranked as one of the best in the world, and has helped bolster the confidence of leading global companies to select Singapore as their location of choice for investments in business and R&D.
IPOS International takes pride of our 100 (and growing) patent examiners who have active interests in improving the quality of patents. With our business-friendly solutions, IPOS International takes a proactive step in engaging with businesses to promote innovation and patent filing strategies for both international (PCT) and domestic (SG) patent applications.
Founding of a patent search and examination unit took place in 2011, followed by the recruitment of the first batch of patent examiners in Sep 2012.
Graduation of the first batch of patent examiners, equipped with world class training from European Patent Office (EPO), US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and Japan Patent Office (JPO).
Singapore’s appointment as an International Authority was approved by the Assembly of the PCT Union during the 54th World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Assemblies. A success for Singapore as IPOS became the first IP Office appointed in ASEAN and the fifth in Asia, after China, India, Japan and Korea.
Recognized by global offices around the world including USA and Japan as competent international search authority (ISA) and international preliminary examination authority (IPEA).
Accepting PCT patent applications in English or Chinese as of 1 Jan, 2017. A business-friendly option that enables the deferment of translation costs until the national phase entry stage.
Chairman | Daren TANG
IP Office of Singapore (IPOS)
Dr. LIM Jui
NTU Innovation and NTUitive
Co-Founder and Managing Partner
IP Policy Division, Ministry of Law
IP Office of Singapore (IPOS)
CHIAM Lu Lin
IP Office of Singapore (IPOS) International