As of 1 January 2020, the supplemental test path will be locked. Our national examiners must review Singapore patent applications submitted on or after 1 January 2020. This affects national patent applications submitted on or after 1 January 2020, international ("PCT") applications entering the national phase with an international filing date of 1 January 2020 or later, and divisional applications having an initiation date on or after 1 January 2020. The change aims to improve the quality of patents granted toSingapore and to align the patent system in Singapore with that of significant jurisdictions.

The supplementary review route makes the final quest and analysis results of accepted foreign counterpart applications, corresponding global applications, or the international preliminary patent-ability report issued by a PCT search and/or test authority, providing that the corresponding foreign applications or PCT applications are connected by a c To date, this has given a cost-effective option for applicants to receive Singapore patents.

However, under additional examination, the local examiners do not examine the Singapore patent applications based on novelty and inventive step.

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