The patent system in Singapore makes a revolutionary change starting Jan. 1, 2020.

Patent applications filed in Singapore on or before Dec. 31, 2019, can still enjoy the current supplementary examination process (also known as the “foreign route”), if the applicant chooses. For these applications, there will be no substantive local examination, even if the examination starts after the new year.

Read the full GT Alert, which discusses the present “foreign route” system, the revised system, and some additional considerations.