Singapore and Germany sign MOU on intellectual property cooperation
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The Intellectual Property Office of Singapore says the Memorandum of Understanding provides an umbrella framework for future cooperative initiatives and work sharing between Singapore and Germany.
SINGAPORE: Singapore and Germany have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on intellectual property cooperation.
The Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS) said the MOU provides an umbrella framework for future cooperative initiatives and work sharing.
Under it, both countries will work together to develop a patent prosecution highway (PPH) pilot programme.
Other key areas of cooperation include performing expert level consultations and comparative studies on patent procedures as well as training and development of staff to improve patent granting and dispute resolution procedures.
When implemented, the programmes will not only allow businesses to benefit from potential time and cost savings when filing for patents but also promote technology, innovation and economic development in both countries.
Germany is Singapore's third largest intellectual property trading partner, after the US and Japan.
The MOU was signed by the Chief Executive of the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS), Mr Tan Yih San and the President of the German Patent and Trademark Office (DPMA), Ms Cornelia Rudloff-Schaffer.
It was inked at the sidelines of the 51st World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) General Assemblies in Geneva on September 24.
Ms Schaffer said: "This MOU is a significant milestone for bilateral cooperation between Germany and Singapore. The enhanced collaborative efforts between IPOS and DPMA will open new opportunities for creators and businesses of both regions to protect their intellectual property."
Mr Tan said: "The IPOS and DPMA MOU have elevated our bilateral relationship to the next level. This partnership will help many Singapore and Singapore-based companies gain greater access to the buoyant market in Germany. Through the professional expert exchanges, our local IP (intellectual property) practitioners could also benefit and learn from one of the most successful technological power-houses of the world."