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Proposed Changes to the Patents Act

June 2012 - Intellectual Property. Legal Developments by Drew & Napier LLC .

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This update discusses the proposed revisions to the Patents Act, encapsulated in the Patents (Amendment) Bill (“Bill”). The proposed changes in the Bill would introduce a shift from the present self-assessment system to a positive grant system, whereby only patent applications which have fully positive examination reports and meet all the requirements under the Patents Act will be granted.


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Established in 1889, Drew & Napier LLC is one of Singapore's leading and largest law firms, with over 250 lawyers and fee-earners. Consistently rated top tier in dispute resolution over the years by international ranking organisations such as Asia Pacific Legal 500, Chambers Global, Practical Law Company, Best Lawyers and Asia Law, the firm has 7 Senior Counsel. The firm is headed by chief executive officer, Davinder Singh, Senior Counsel. Drew & Napier LLC is also rated top tier in Corporate Insolvency & Restructuring, Intellectual Property (Patents and Trademarks), Competition & Antitrust, Telecommunications, Media & Technology and Tax, with market leading practices in Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate Finance, and Admiralty & Shipping. For more information, please visit