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Ten facts about patents in Singapore

Howard Yap, ATMD Bird & Bird

1. Singapore patent filings are dominated by foreign entities. Over the past ten years, on average, more than 90% of patent applications in Singapore were by foreign entities.

2. The only subject matter excluded from patentability in Singapore is inventions pertaining to methods of treatment of the human or animal body. This means that business methods and software inventions can be patented if they meet the patentability requirements.

3. A Singapore resident, who wishes to first file a patent application for an invention outside of Singapore, must obtain security clearance from the...

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