Section 1840.07 The Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS) as an International Searching Authority

Since April 1, 2016, the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS) has been available as an International Searching Authority (ISA) for PCT applications filed by U.S. nationals or residents in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) as receiving Office. The IPOS will act as the ISA for international applications filed with the USPTO insofar as the following conditions are met: (1) the applications are submitted in the English language; and (2) the IPOS is chosen as a competent authority by the applicant(s) of the applications.

The arrangement between the IPOS and the USPTO is intended to end on March 30, 2019, but it may be continued by mutual written consent.