Intellectual Property in Singapore
- National Organizations
- The organisation responsible for the protection of intellectual property in Singapore is the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS).
- Regional Organizations
- International Membership
- Member of the
WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization)
Signatory to the Paris Convention For the Protection of Intellectual Property
Membership to the TRIPS agreement - Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS)
National Regulation and International Agreements
|Type of property and law||Validity||International Agreements Signed|
Patents Act, 1995
|20 years (renewable)
|| Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT)
Trade Marks Act, 2005 (revised)
|10 years (renewable)|| Nice Agreement Concerning the International Classification of Goods and Services for the Purposes of the Registration of Marks
Protocol Relating to the Madrid Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Marks
Registered Designs Act, 2000
|5 years ( renewable after every 5 years up to a maximum of 15 years)|
Copyright Act, 2005
The duration varies depending on the nature of work. Visit: Intellectual Property Office of Singapore.
| Berne convention
WIPO Copyright Treaty
WIPO Performances and Phonograms Treaty
Layout-Designs of Integrated Circuits Act, 1999
|15 years (maximum from the date of creation)|
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Intellectual Property Rights are effectively protected in Singapore. The common refrain from investor after investor is that they locate in Singapore due to the country’s respect for and protection of IP.
U.S. Commercial Service Singapore on 23 Feb 2010 related to Intellectual Property in Singapore