Updated on 11 February 2013
The Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS) is also establishing an in-house patent examiners team, which will be trained by the EPO. IPOS plan to build world-class search and examination capabilities in specific technology classes aligned with Singapore's main R&D thrusts. They hired a group of 20 individuals with expertise across a range of technological fields to be trained in search and examination.
Currently, such work is fully outsourced to patent offices in other countries. This pioneer batch will now become the gatekeepers only letting new and inventive claims to be granted. Presumably, the new Singapore examiners will also be able to provide search and examination services to other countries such as Brunei, Myanmar or other ASEAN countries in need of such services for their own patent offices. The date of the Singapore legislation coming into force is still to be announced but much of the world is starting to sing in harmony at least with regards to patents.