SINGAPORE: There is now an easier way to get protection for one’s intellectual property in Singapore. Launched in February, IP2SG is a one-stop portal to apply for things such as patents.
Since its launch, over 4,400 patents have been filed and more features will be added to the website soon.
Mr Daniel Poh, a patent attorney with Marks & Clerk, has over a decade of experience helping clients get coverage for their intellectual property. Thanks to the IP2SG portal, his job has been made easier when filing patents in Singapore.
Previously, Mr Poh would have had to apply for protection using different platforms, depending on his customer’s needs. He said: "The portal definitely allows us to be more efficient and productive. Thus, we are able to actually maintain our service fees without increasing our service fees, thereby benefiting the end-clients."
The IP2SG system can help reduce time spent on patent filing by half.
If a company with an international patent application wants to seek intellectual property protection in Singapore, a key advantage of the system is that it can pull all the essential information from an international database. So there is no need to spend too much time filling forms.
In future, the system will let people apply for trademarks and designs, other forms of intellectual property protection.
Within the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Singapore has been working with member countries to boost intellectual property collaboration. The ASEAN Patent Examination Co-operation (ASPEC) is a work-sharing programme that can help open up the regional market to businesses.
Mr Simon Seow, group director and senior legal counsel for the Registries Group at the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore, said: "We provide as conducive an environment for them. So if they need protection, we want to make sure it is relatively easy to obtain and relatively fast and fuss-free, not only in Singapore, but within the region as well. We all know that companies are now increasingly regional or international."
In Singapore alone, over 9,700 patents were filed in 2013. - CNA/ms
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