Patent Application in Singapore
Secure the intellectual property of your business by filing a patent application. Send us your inquiry and an experienced patent lawyer will give you a statement on the patentability of your invention or prototype and a quote on the cost to file a patent.
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What are the requirements for patent registration?
For an invention (prototype) to be patentable in Singapore, it must satisfy three key criteria simultaneously:
Simply said, the product or method that you want to protect with a patent must really be innovative. It shouldn’t be merely a modification of an existing invention and it should have some practical purpose.
It can be hard for a person inexperienced in intellectual property and IP law to determine if an invention is indeed patentable. This is better done by an experienced patent attorney/patent agent.
Ideas alone can’t be patented. You must first implement them in a prototype by designing a product. The creation of an actual product is not necessary, but you must be able to describe the practical implementation of the invention at a minimum.
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What is the patent application procedure in Singapore?
If you want to file a patent in Singapore, prepare yourself for a long procedure. The estimated processing time is 2 to 4 years from the date the application is filed.
The patent application procedure involves four steps:
What is the cost to file a patent application in Singapore?
The total official fees for a patent application in Singapore start around S$2,100. Only part of this fee is paid upfront. Once your patent is granted, you will need to renew it on an annual basis and pay additional state fees.
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FAQ for Patents
You can file a patent application for multiple countries through the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). This can be an expensive procedure as you must pay extra fees for every additional country in which you want to include in your patent.
Singapore has a procedure like the US provisional patent application procedure. This refers to applications “without claims”. If you are interested in this option, you should add this to your inquiry.
You should consider the cost of the procedure and the fact that granting the patent will take from 2 to 4 years. If the commercial lifespan of your invention is less than that, it may not make sense to file a patent application. You may also take into consideration how much time it will take you to design your actual products.
Yes, you may. In Singapore, software products are recognized as patentable inventions. There are even certain benefits if you file applications for inventions concerning artificial intelligence (AI). These specific applications are fast-tracked by the IPOS in an attempt to support development of Singapore’s digital economy.
There are various ways to protect your intellectual property. For inventions, the more common workarounds would involve confidentiality agreements and trade secrets. You can also rely on copyright and trademark protection to secure some aspects of your invention.
Another option to consider is registering a design. If your creation is distinctive and innovative not only by its practical features but also by its appearance, then registering a design may be the better option.
It is possible to file a patent application on your own, but it is unwise considering the complexity of the documents and the cost of the procedure. Don’t risk rejection by the IPOS because of an improperly drafted application.