The development of SEA and in particular Singapore as a patent centre continues with the appointment of IPOS as an International Search Authority (ISA) and International Preliminary Examining Authority (IPEA) under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT).
MoUs have been signed with the Directorate General of Intellectual Property (DGIP) of Indonesia, and with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Already IPOS is an ISA and IPEA for a number of countries, including in SE Asia, Vietnam, Brunei, and Laos. IPOS launched operations as an ISA and IPEA on 1 Sep 2015, so is now the first IP office in SE Asia through which businesses and inventors can fast track patent applications for protection in the 148 PCT member countries. IPOS has already received 41 PCT applications appointing IPOS as an ISA and IPEA.