On 23 September 2014, the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (the “IPOS”) announced that it will launch a comprehensive Patent Prosecution Highway (the “PPH”) pilot programme together with the European Patent Office (the “EPO”) for the accelerated treatment of patent applications with effect from January 2015. The PPH pilot programme will support greater trade flow and innovation between the two regions by allowing innovators from both regions to obtain patents faster, cheaper and more efficiently.

Essentially, patent applicants whose claims have been found to be patentable by either the EPO or IPOS may request for accelerated processing of their corresponding applications that are pending before the other office. In such cases, the two offices may also refer to and share existing work results as much as possible.

According to the IPOS, details and requirements for participation in the PPH pilot programme will be announced in due course.

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The press release is available from the IPOS website www.ipos.gov.sg by clicking here.