The Ministry of Law and the IPOS are presently seeking feedback on proposed changes to Singapore's patents regime. These proposed changes are in line with the government's initiative of enhancing Singapore's patents regime by increasing the quality of patents and making it more user-friendly. The current public consultation covers the following proposed changes:
(1) amendments to the IPOS' Examination Guidelines on isolated products from nature;
(2) a new formal process for the submission of Third Party Observations (before patent grant) and a new re-examination option;
(3) amendments to the IPOS' patent examination guidelines on the new patents grace period arising from the Patents (Amendment) Act 2017; and
(4) amendments to the Patents Rules concerning patentable subject matter and supplementary examination. The deadline to submit your feedback and suggestions in relation to the proposals indicated above has been extended to 15 August 2017.