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Singapore grants First Accelerated FinTech Patent through IPOS’ FinTech Fast Track Initiative

Singapore, Dec 6 - The Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS) has granted the first accelerated patent under its FinTech Fast Track initiative (金融科技专利优速) to Voyager Innovations, a technology company based in ASEAN. While patent grants typically take at least two to four years, and in many cases even longer, the fast track patent granted t ...
Date: 06 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Intellectual Property Office of Singapore

Singapore gets Boost as IP Hub for Innovative Russian Enterprises

Singapore, Nov 14 - Innovation-driven enterprises from Russia will soon be able to scale up and gain greater access to high growth market opportunities in Asia through Singapore. Singapore Senior Minister of State for Trade & Industry, Dr Koh Poh Koon, and Russian Deputy Prime Minister, Maxim Akimov, has witnessed the exchange of a Memorandum o ...
Date: 14 November 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Intellectual Property Office of Singapore

IPOS Assistant Chief Executive speaks at INTA Asia-Pacific Conference

Assistant Chief Executive Mr Ng Kok Wan spoke at the International Trademark Association (INTA) Asia-Pacific Conference 2018, which took place on 11 Oct in Sydney, Australia.
Date: 11 October 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Intellectual Property Office of Singapore

Update to Patents Formalities Manual

IPOS has updated the Patents Formalities Manual to include the latest practices that are in line with legislative amendments and changes to patents processes. The update aims to provide better guidance for Singapore’s innovators on their patent applications and support them on their innovation journey.
Date: 01 August 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Intellectual Property Office of Singapore

Furthering Bilateral Ties with Japan Patent Office

IPOS Assistant Chief Executive Mr Ng Kok Wan led a delegation to Japan Patent Office (JPO) from 26-31 May 2018 to further bilateral relationship between both IP offices.
Date: 07 June 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Intellectual Property Office of Singapore

New IP Adjudicators appointed from 1 April 2018

IPOS hosted a luncheon on Wednesday, 11 April, to thank the IP Adjudicators panel and welcome new members on board.
Date: 27 April 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Intellectual Property Office of Singapore

Singapore passes New Act to allow Temporary Communication Shut Off at 'Serious Incident' Vicinity

SINGAPORE, Mar 21 (Bernama) - Singapore now has an act which can stop the public from making or communicating films or pictures; text or audio messages about law enforcement operations in a 'serious incident'. Its parliament today passed the Public Order and Safety (Special Powers) Bill 2018 or POSSP Bill at its second reading. In Parliament, ...
Date: 21 March 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Registered Designs changes from 30 October

Date: 30 October 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Intellectual Property Office of Singapore

Patents and Designs Legislative Amendments to enter into force on 30 October 2017

As part of IPOS’ effort to provide a fit-for-purpose legal and policy framework to support innovative individuals and businesses, the Patents (Amendment) Act 2017 and the Patents (Amendment No.2) Rules 2017 will enter into force on 30 Oct 2017.
Date: 12 October 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Intellectual Property Office of Singapore

Government to consider New Legislation for ICOs if necessary, says Deputy Prime Minister

Deputy Prime Minister has said that the government will continue to monitor developments of Initial Coin Offerings and will consider targeted legislation if necessary.
Date: 02 October 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Monetary Authority of Singapore

Bill on Public Sector Data to be tabled in Parliament Next Year

Government agencies may soon be required to release more of their collected data to the public, under a new public sector data Bill to be tabled in Parliament next year. Deputy Chief Executive of the Government Technology Office (GovTech) Chan Cheow Hoe revealed this on Thursday (Sep 21) while speaking during a fireside chat at The Arts House ...
Date: 22 September 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Government of Singapore

Amendments to the Computer Misuse and Cybersecurity Act takes Effect

The amendments to the Computer Misuse and Cybersecurity Act (CMCA), which were passed in Parliament on 3 April 2017, has taken effect from 1 June 2017. These amendments will tackle the increasing scale and transnational nature of cybercrime, as well as the evolving tactics of cybercriminals.
Date: 01 June 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Ministry of Home Affairs

Legislative Changes introduced to update Singapore’s Registered Designs Regime

The Ministry of Law (MinLaw) has tabled the Registered Designs (Amendment) Bill for First Reading in Parliament today. The proposed legislative changes will update Singapore’s design protection regime to take into account latest trends in design and technology. It will support the growth of the design industry by making it easier for designer ...
Date: 03 April 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Ministry of Law

Computer Misuse and Cybersecurity (Amendment) Bill introduced

The Computer Misuse and Cybersecurity (Amendment) Bill was introduced for First Reading in Parliament today. The Computer Misuse Act (CMA) was enacted in 1993 to criminalise unauthorised access or modification of computer material, and other computer crimes. The Act was amended twice between 1994 and 2012 to, amongst other things, introduce ne ...
Date: 09 March 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Ministry of Home Affairs

Singapore reduces Filing Fees for IP Protection from April 1

SINGAPORE, Feb 1 (Bernama) - Businesses and entrepreneurs will enjoy substantial cost savings when they file for patent and trade mark protection with the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS) through lowered application fees, effective April 1, 2017.
Date: 01 February 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

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Mobile Application on Labour Market Information Launched

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Former Lawyer Pleads not Guilty to CBT Over Client's House Sale Proceeds

KUALA LUMPUR, Apr 23 (Bernama) - A former lawyer pleaded not guilty at the Sessions Court here today to a charge of criminal breach of trust amounting to RM338,000 which was the proceeds from the sale of a house belonging to his client three years ago.

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Manila Court orders Arrest of Acierto, Seven Others

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SC orders Inspection of Court Houses in Quake-Affected Areas

MANILA, Apr 23 (PNA) - Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin on Tuesday ordered an inspection of all court houses in areas affected by the magnitude 6.1 earthquake that hit Luzon on Monday afternoon.

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Cybersecurity Challenge should be viewed as an Opportunity - Gobind

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Malaysia signs ASEAN Trade in Services Agreement

KUALA LUMPUR, Apr 23 (Bernama) - Malaysia has signed the ASEAN Trade in Services Agreement (ATISA) and the Fourth Protocol to Amend the ASEAN Comprehensive Investment Agreement (ACIA).

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Former Lawyer charged with Criminal Breach of Trust

SEREMBAN, Apr 23 (Bernama) - A former lawyer pleaded not guilty in the Sessions Court here today to criminal breach of trust involving RM198,592.50, nine years ago.

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PCC seeks Own Probe on Luzon Power Outages

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Right to Freedom of Religion guaranteed under Federal Constitution

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Sabah and Sarawak High Court Registrar's Office to move to Kota Kinabalu

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Government awaits Approval from Malay Rulers on New Chief Justice - Mahathir

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Double Pay for Workers on Maundy Thursday, Good Friday

MANILA, Apr 17 (PNA) - Workers who will report to work on April 18 and 19 will receive twice their regular daily wages as both days have been declared regular holidays, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said Wednesday.

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Palace suspends Government Work for Holy Week Exodus

MANILA, Apr 17 (PNA) - Malacañang suspended work on Wednesday (April 17), 12 noon onwards, to allow government employees to travel to their respective regions in time for the observance of Maundy Thursday (April 18) and Good Friday (April 19).

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JBC asks Applicant to comment on Gadon Opposition

MANILA, Apr 16 (PNA) - The Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) has asked an applicant for a vacancy in the Court of Tax Appeals (CTA) to comment on an opposition to her appointment filed last month by senatorial candidate and lawyer, Lorenzo "Larry" Gadon.

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PCC approves Ayala-PHINMA Energy Deal

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8,254 Workers Re-employed after getting Assistance from ESO

KUALA LUMPUR, Apr 16 (Bernama) - A total of 8,254 unemployed workers have been re-employed after receiving assistance from the employment service officers (ESOs) since the Re-Employment Placement Programme for Employment Insurance System (EIS) commenced in August 2018.

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Two Indonesians fined RM100,000 for Possessing Illicit Cigarettes

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"Go to the Mosque, get Closer to God," Judge advises Robber

IPOH, Apr 16 (Bernama) - "Go to the mosque, get closer to God, be a good person and stop taking drugs," Sessions Court judge Azman Abu Hassan told a palm oil fruit collector.

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