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Singapore reforms local IP dispute resolution

In a reform to the intellectual property (IP) dispute resolution landscape in Singapore, the Intellectual Property (Dispute Resolution) Act 2019 (“the Act”) came into operation on 12 November 2019 with aims of strengthening the patent protection framework and reinforcing Singapore’s profile as a hub for international arbitration. The legislative changes brought about by the Act include consolidation of IP proceedings, arbitration of IP disputes, fast-track options for IP litigation, and revision of patent third-party observations and patent post-grant re-examination.

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