Singapore: change of patent law to enter into force

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According to the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS), the legislative amendments to the patent system (see also previous updates) will become effective on 14 February 2014. The former "self-assessment regime" will be replaced by a "positive grant system". Under the new system, IPOS will only grant patents for those applications which receive a fully positive examination report. Furthermore, a review procedure will be available for applicants who have received a negative examination report. More information will soon be released on the IPOS website.

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