The Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS) and NEC Asia Pacific have announced the phase two launch of the IP2SG system - a one-stop online platform for the registration of intellectual property in Singapore.
In an announcement today, the NEC Asia Pacific said the launch of the IP2SG system integrates all e-filing processes for patent, trade mark and design applications into a single convenient portal. Previously, users had to use three different types of IT platforms to file different types of IP. With the new system, the filing of all types of IP can be done on a single online platform, making it easier to use, and saving time and costs, according to the press statement.
The move to introduce IP2SG boosts Singapore's IP infrastructure to cater to the growing demand for IP services in the region. Over the past decade, Singapore has seen a healthy increase in overall patent filings by more than 20%, from 7,908 in 2003 to 9,722 in 2013. For trade marks, a record 39,671 classes were filed in 2013. This is a 40% increase from the 28,262 classes filed four years ago in 2009.
"IP2SG is part of our ongoing efforts to deliver better services to our users, and help them save time and costs in the IP filing process," said Daren Tang, Deputy Chief Executive of IPOS. "With the new system, we hope to make it easier for businesses and creators to file for IP protection, and build a competitive edge with IP."
"Together with IPOS, we have developed an integrated system with improved operational efficiency and greater user-centricity for the filing of intellectual property in Singapore," Lim Kok Quee, Managing Director, NEC Asia Pacific said. "We look forward to continuing to serve IPOS and their end users, to provide a seamless and enhanced user experience."
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