The Geographical Indications Bill 2014 (the "Bill") was passed in Parliament on 14 April 2014 following an earlier public consultation conducted by the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (the "IPOS") to seek feedback on proposed enhancements to the Geographical Indications Act. The Bill aims to enhance the existing regime for the protection of geographical indications ("GIs") as part of Singapore's commitments under the European Union-Singapore Free Trade Agreement (the "EUSFTA"). One of the key enhancements is the establishment of a new Registry of GIs. The changes under the Bill will be implemented in stages to correspond with the EUSFTA ratification timeline.
To read the Bill from the Singapore Parliament website www.parliament.gov.sg, please click here. The Ministry of Law (the "MinLaw") has posted the Second Reading Speech on the Bill by Senior Minister of State for Law, Ms Indranee Rajah, SC on its website www.mlaw.gov.sg. To read, please click here. The MinLaw has also prepared an article which has been adapted from the Second Reading Speech. To read, please click here.