IPOS as International Searching Authority hits the 1,000 PCT application mark in just over 2 years


The Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS) as International Searching Authority recently received its 1,000th international patent application under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) in December 2017.

This milestone was achieved in just over two years since Singapore began operations as ASEAN’s first International Searching Authority (ISA) and International Preliminary Examining Authority (IPEA) on 1 September 2015.

Under the PCT, innovators and businesses are able to simultaneously seek protection in 152 contracting states, through one single international patent application. Singapore is the fifth in Asia, and one of just 23 select offices worldwide that have been appointed as ISA/IPEA for the PCT. Singapore has also been recognised as a competent ISA/IPEA for international patent applications filed in the US, Japan, Mexico, Indonesia, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam.

With the number of applications received rising steadily each year, from 114 in 2015, to 378 in 2016 and 547 in 2017, IPOS nevertheless maintains high standards in both the quality and timeliness of its International Search Reports. According to the PCT Yearly Review 2017 published by the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), IPOS achieved a timeliness of 99.3% and 100% for establishing International Search Report in PCT Chapter I and International Preliminary Report on Patentability in PCT Chapter II respectively. 

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Executive Director of IPOS International, Mr Dexter Teo said “As a business-friendly office, IPOS recognizes the importance of providing timely and high-quality patents to applicants, in order for them to extract the maximum value out of their intangible assets.”

Contact IPOS International at or call +65 6339 8616 to find out more about accelerating your patent application through the PCT today.