IP Protection

Under PINTAS IP Protection, We Help To Protect Your Intellectual Property Assets In All Your Strategic Markets And Production Bases Worldwide.



Protects inventions that offer solutions to technical problems


Industrial Design

Protects ornamental or aesthetic aspects of industrial products



Protects distinctive signs which identify certain goods or services



Protects original expressions of ideas reduced to material forms​

What is a Patent?

Protects inventions, ie products or processes that offers technical solution to a problem

Patentability Criteria

  • An invention permits in practive the solution to a specific problem in the field of technology
  • An invention may be or may relate to a product or process
  • An invention is novel if it is not anticipated by prior art.
  • Prior art is anything disclosed to the public anywhere in the world, by written publication, by oral disclosure, by use, or in way prior to the priority date.
  • An invention shall be considered industrially applicable if it can be made or used in any kind of industry.
  • Exclude Articles or processes alleged to operate in a manner cleary contracy to well-established physical laws, e.g. a perpetual motion machine.
  • Obvious/Non Inventive if a person of ordinary skill in the area with no inventive abilities would habe been led to the solution directly and without difficutly
  • Inventive proven if smart person says:”I wouldn’t have thought of that”

Patent Application Procedures

Patent: Scope of Rights

  • Right to exclude others from Making Using,Selling,Importing 
  • The invention (as defined by the claims) For 20 years (from the filing date) In countries of registration
  • Can sue a competitor for infringement
  • Can assign or license in exchange for payment

The Life of a Patent

For patents filed on or after 1st August 2001, the life of a patent is 20 years calculated from the filing date (for a direct national application) and from the international filing date (for a PCT national phase application), provided the prescribed annual fees are paid. 

The maximum term of protection of a patent is 20 years from the the filing date provided the prescribed renewal fees are paid during the protection period.

The patent prosecution process begins with an application for a patent registration filed with the Patent Office. 

Next, Preliminary Examination will be carried out to determine if the application is in compliance with the formal requirements.

After 18 months from filing date, the application will be laid open for public inspection. 

After the application passes the preliminary examination, the applicant is required to request for substantive or modified substantive examination within 18 months from filing date in which the Examiner will determine if the claimed invention appears to be novel, inventive and industrially applicable.

Certificate of Grant will be issued upon approval from the Registrar. 

After the patent has been granted, the patent needs to be renewed every year from registered date until the patent expires. 

The total patent application processing time may be (18 months to 2 years, or longer) 

In Singapore, patent protection is obtainable by way of either entering the national phase of a Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) application or filing a direct national application. 

1. Legislations:
The Singapore patent protection is governed by the Patents Act (Cap. 221). 

2. Patentability Criteria:
A Singapore patent should satisfy the following criteria to claim protection:

  •  new

  •  involves an inventive step

  •  capable of industrial application

3. Utility Innovations:
N/A in Singapore 

4. Membership:
√ – Paris Convention
√ – PCT 

Singapore is a member of the Paris Convention from 1995, whereby applications from convention countries will be subject to the same priority date in Singapore. The application for priority has to be made within six months of the first application in a convention country. 

Singapore is also a member of the PCT since 1995. An applicant who has made an international patent application may file and/or prosecute the patent application during its national phase entry into Singapore within 30 months from the filing date of the international application or from the earliest priority date of the application if a priority is claimed. 

5. Rule of Priority:
“First to File” is the rule followed by Singapore in determining priority of Singapore patents. 

6. Duration:
The term of a Singapore patent is 20 years from the date of filing subject to the payment of renewal fees.

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