The Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS) is a statutory board under the Ministry of Law. We are an innovation agency that uses our IP expertise and networks to drive Singapore’s future growth. Our focus is on helping enterprises grow through IP and innovation strategies, developing skills and expertise in these areas, and creating a vibrant ecosystem where today’s ideas become tomorrow’s assets.


A global partner for an intellectual property-driven economy


We foster innovation and creativity by building a vibrant and robust IP-enabled ecosystem for Singapore's future growth.


Team Work


Ideas Today. Assets Tomorrow.


CE Office Departments

The Hearings and Mediation Department facilitates the resolution of disputes relating to the registration of Trademarks, Patents, Registered Designs and Plant Varieties Protection. It also deals with all interlocutory matters arising from the disputes such as applications for extensions of time, applications to amend pleadings and applications to file further evidence.

The International Engagement Department supports IPOS' vision by establishing relationships with IP stakeholders outside Singapore, including government agencies, institutions, inventors, creators, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and others. The Department also seeks to position Singapore as a vibrant marketplace for IP transactions and commercialisation.

The Media and Communications Department builds IPOS’ reputation as a global IP partner and promotes its initiatives through strong media relations and corporate communications.

The Partnership and Programme Department supports IPOS’ vision by working with other IPOS departments and its subsidiaries to understand and engage its stakeholders and customers in a timely and pro-active manner. The Department does this through various platforms, outreach activities and programmes as well as via IP101, IPOS’ integrated one-stop service centre, that not only offers a comprehensive suite of products and services but also allows our customers and partners to tap on our networks to meet their IP needs.

The Strategic Planning and Policy Department works with the management team to chart the strategic direction for IPOS.

Corporate Services Cluster

The Human Capital Department supports IPOS to attract, develop, nurture and retain talent, in support of IPOS' organisational goals.

The Information Technology Department provides InfoComm Technology (ICT) services to ensure the deployment and support of secured, reliable and robust business applications, eServices and IT infrastructure.

The Knowledge & Workspace Department supports the creation, retention and sharing of knowledge critical to IPOS in meeting its organisational goals. The department also administers support to IPOS' daily operations.

The Legal Department stewards and facilitates the formulation and development of national IP policy, ensuring that national IP laws remain relevant in our fast-changing world. The department also represents Singapore’s interests in IP matters at various international forums and during treaty/trade agreement negotiations.

Commercialisation Cluster

The IP Management and Markets Department helps both the private and public sectors to build IP management capabilities at the organisational level so as to enable organisations to better utilise their intangible assets and increase their competitive advantage.

The Finance Department is made up of Finance and Procurement teams. The department ensures IPOS' financial resources are efficiently managed through proper allocation of resources and funds management.

Registries Cluster

The Registries of Patents, Designs & Plant Varieties are responsible for administering the Patents, Registered Designs and Plant Varieties Protection Act, as well as the processing and granting of the corresponding rights in Singapore.

The Registry of Trade Marks is responsible for administering the Trade Marks Act, as well as the processing and granting of trademark rights in Singapore.

Registration Procedure

Learn about how you can leverage on ASEAN’s IP regimes and services, to formulate and execute business strategies that help you effectively capitalise on your ideas and innovations.

  • ASEAN TMview - Use this online trade mark information platform to access information on trade mark registrations and applications in ASEAN
  • ASEAN Patent Examination Co-operation (ASPEC) - ASPEC allows applicants in participating countries to obtain corresponding patents faster and more efficiently
  • Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) - Through the PCT, applicants can seek patent protection for inventions in 148 countries, just by filing one international patent application
  • Madrid Protocol - The Madrid Protocol allows a trade mark owner to seek protection of the trade mark in several countries simultaneously by filing one application with a single office
  • Hague Agreement - The Hague Agreement allows businesses to register their industrial designs internationally, simply by filing one single international application.
  • ASEAN IP Utilisation Case Studies - Find out through case studies how the effective use of IP has aided economic development in the ASEAN region

For registration procedures at IPOS, please visit for details.

Laws and Regulations

If the links provided become unavailable, please access the legislation from Singapore Statutes Online

 Patents Act
Patents (Amendment) Act 2017 (Commencement) Notification 2017
 Patents (Amendment) Act Gazetted
 Patents (Amendment) Act 2012 (Commencement) Notification 2016
 Patents (Amendment) Act 2012
 Patent Rules
 Patents (Amendment No. 2) Rules 2017
 Patents (Medicinal Health Products) Rules 2016
 Patents (Amendment) Rules 2014
 Patents (Amendment No. 2) Rules 2014
 Patents (Composition of Offences) Regulations
 Patents (Patent Agents) Rules 2001
Trade Marks
 Trade Marks Act
 Trade Marks Rules
 Trade Marks (Border Enforcement Measures) Rules
 Trade Marks (Composition of Offences) Regulations
 Trade Marks (International Registration) Rules
Registered Designs
 Registered Designs Act
 Registered Designs (Amendment) Act 2017 (Commencement) Notification 2017
 Registered Designs (Amendment) Act 2017 as gazetted
 Registered Designs Rules
 Registered Designs (Amendment No. 2) Rules 2017
 Registered Designs (Composition of Offences) Regulations
 Registered Designs (International Registration) Rules 2005
 Registered Designs (International Registration) (Amendment) Rules 2017
Plant Varieties Protection
 Plant Varieties Protection Act
 Plant Varieties Protection Rules
 Copyright Act
 Copyright (International Organisations) Regulations
 Copyright (International Protection) Regulations
 Copyright (Records Royalty System) Regulations
 Copyright Regulations
 Copyright (Amendment) Regulations 2017
 Copyright (Border Enforcement Measures) Regulations
 Copyright Tribunals (Procedure) Regulations
 Copyright (Network Service Provider) Regulations
 Copyright (Excluded Works) Order 2017
 Copyright (Flagrantly Infringing Online Location) Regulations 2014
Geographical Indications
 Geographical Indications Act
Layout - Designs of Integrated Circuits
 Layout-Designs of Integrated Circuits Act

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