On 16 May 2014, the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS) launched a public consultation of a review of the registered designs regime in Singapore. The review relates to the legislation of registered designs, with the objective being to adapt the Singapore design legislation due to recent trends in business and technology. The closing date for submissions to IPOS will be 6th June 2014.

The main issues that IPOS is seeking feedback from stakeholders and the public include:

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The public consultation is timely, as it provides an opportunity to address issues that have arisen during the implementation of the Registered Design Act, as well as to bring the registered designs regime in Singapore more in-line with practices that have been developed elsewhere. The proposed changes, if implemented, may potentially provide a boost to designs-related industries such as media, fashion, and consumer products.