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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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MANILA, Jul 18 (PNA) - The Philippine Tax Academy (PTA) has completed the development of 14 competency-based mandatory online studies required for new hires at the Bureau of Customs (BOC) as well as refresher courses for existing BOC employees, the Department of Finance (DOF) announced in a statement on Thursday.

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PRRD to only face PH Court

MANILA, Jul 17 (PNA) - President Rodrigo Duterte has no intention to face the international tribunal stressing that he would only answer to the Philippine courts.

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Court cautions Najib against posting Statements on his Trial

KUALA LUMPUR, Jul 18 (Bernama) - The High Court here today cautioned Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak against posting any more statements in social media pertaining to his SRC trial or risk being cited for contempt of court.

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Bank Muamalat: 'Court did not find us Guilty of Union-Busting'

KUALA LUMPUR, Jul 18 (Bernama) - Bank Muamalat Malaysia Bhd today said it was never found guilty of union-busting or had breached any law.

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Labour Ministry opens Automation Center

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Guidebook on Parliamentary Constituencies launched

KUALA LUMPUR, Jul 17 (Bernama) - Dewan Rakyat Speaker Datuk Mohamad Ariff Md Yusof today launched Wakil Kita di Parlimen, a 228-page guidebook containing relevant information on all the 222 parliamentary constituencies.

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Students among Plaintiffs in Lawsuit over Sungai Kim Kim Pollution

JOHOR BAHRU, Jul 17 (Bernama) - Thirty-four students are among 171 individuals who are suing the Johor state government, Menteri Besar Datuk Osman Sapian and 10 others over the pollution in Sungai Kim Kim near Pasir Gudang last March.

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Mandalay Region Hluttaw approves New High Court Judge

Mandalay Region Hluttaw was unanimously appointed a new regional high court judge on the second day of the second session of the hluttaw after being nominated by the regional chief minister.

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DOJ forms Special Team to probe Kidapawan Broadcaster's Slay

MANILA, Jul 12 (PNA) - Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Friday said he has ordered a special investigation team to look into the killing last Wednesday of radio commentator Eduardo Dizon who was gunned down on the way home in Kidapawan City, Cotabato.

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New BSP Deputy Governor sworn in

MANILA, Jul 12 (PNA) - Francisco G. Dakila Jr. received his oath of office as Deputy Governor for Monetary and Economics Sector (MES) in ceremonies administered by Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Governor Benjamin E. Diokno on Thursday.

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Chief Justice heads Penang Honours List

GEORGE TOWN, Jul 12 (Bernama) - Chief Justice Datuk Tengku Maimun Tuan Mat heads the list of 877 recipients of state honours and honorary medals in conjunction with the 81st birthday of the Yang Dipertua Negeri of Penang Tun Abdul Rahman Abbas.

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Prosecution failed to serve Summons on Shahrizat's Children, Court sets new Mention Date

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Free Legal Service to be provided for the Poor

Legal aid groups will provide free legal services to poor people and those in need of legal assistance across the country in an effort to support the rule of law and restore public trust in the judiciary.

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Bill to increase Sabah State Seats to be tabled on July 17

KOTA KINABALU, Jul 11 (Bernama) - Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal is confident the Bill for the additional 13 seats, to increase the number of state seats from 60 to 73, will be approved when it is tabled in Parliament on July 17.

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SolGen asks SC to dismiss Writ of Kalikasan Suit on WPS

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IRB records 486,360 Cases of Voluntary Tax Declaration

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Sugar Tax: SME Traders can file Postponement Appeal

PARIT BUNTAR, Jul 7 (Bernama) - Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) traders affected by the sugar tax on sweetened drinks which came into effect this month, can file a postponement appeal to the relevant authorities.

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Sarawak Government has not Officially responded on the RM1 Loan Offer - MOF

KUALA LUMPUR, Jul 6 (Bernama) - The Sarawak state government has yet to provide any official feedback to the Federal government on the proposed loan offer, amounting to RM1 billion, which will be allocated for repairs of dilapidated schools in the state.

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