Singapore - Patent


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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