On 21 January 2014, the Statutes (Miscellaneous Amendments) Bill 2013 (the “ Bill”) was passed in Parliament, Bill affecting, among others, the Trade Marks Act, Patents Act and Registered Designs Act. Although passed, the amendments arising from the Bill will only take effect on a date to be published in the Government Gazette.

Set out below are the key amendments:

  • The definition of “related national phase application” in the Patents Act will be extended so that an international application for a patent (Singapore) that has entered the national phase in a foreign jurisdiction may be a related national phase application, not just of an international application for a patent (Singapore) that has entered the national phase in Singapore, but also of an application which derived its filing date from an international application for a patent (Singapore) that has entered the national phase in Singapore.
  • There will be a set of administrative conditions that must be complied with before patents are granted.
  • The relevant Registrar may appoint a panel of intellectual property adjudicators at the Registry of Trade Marks, Registry of Patents and Registry of Registered Designs.
  • The recording of express trusts and beneficiaries of express trusts on the Trade Marks Register, Patents Register and Registered Designs Register will be introduced to improve the transparency of information relating to interests in registered intellectual property.

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