The Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS) has
signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with China's State
Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) and the Guangdong
provincial government, which will further strengthen
collaboration between Singapore and China and boost innovation
and IP protection in both jurisdictions.
This MoU signed in February 2017 follows the opening of
IPOS's representative office in the Sino-Singapore Guangzhou
Knowledge City (SSGKC), Guangdong, China in 2016. The
representative office connects IP service providers in
Singapore with high-technology enterprises in China to help
these enterprises protect and manage IP in the south-east Asian
region and beyond.
The MoU establishes a Tripartite Cooperation Framework,
which leverages the development of the SSGKC as a model for IP
reform. The Framework seeks to identify opportunities for
cooperation to support Singaporean and Chinese business in the
protection, promotion and commercialisation of their IP in
economies under China's Belt and Road initiative.
The Framework also enables IPOS to facilitate linking up
leading Singaporean IP service providers with innovative
Chinese start-ups and high-technology enterprises, host
high-level IP conferences and provide specialised training in
Under the Framework, Singapore is also poised to become the
gateway for Chinese tech-companies to bring their IP into
south-east Asia and beyond, bringing Singapore a step closer to
becoming an IP hub in the south-east Asian region.
When discussing the Framework, Chief Executive of IPOS Daren
Asia is driving much of the world's innovation activity.
This Cooperation Framework will allow Singapore to contribute
to the development of China's IP and innovation ecosystem, and
encourage innovative Chinese companies to use Singapore as a
base for launching their products and services in south-east
Asia and beyond. We are delighted to work with our partners to
build SSGKC into a centre for Singapore companies to engage
with the vibrant and fast-growing community of innovative
Chinese companies, and as a platform for Singapore service
providers seeking to service such companies in China.
According to the World Intellectual Property Indicator 2016
– Economics & Statistics Series issued by the
World Intellectual Property Organization, applicants from China
filed 1,010,406 patent applications in 2015, the highest number
in the world. However, Chinese applicants only filed 42,154
applications abroad in that year. In comparison, applicants
from the United States filed 526,296 patent applications in the
same year with 237,961 applications filed outside the US.
This is a sign that Chinese innovators are keeping much of
their IP within their home country and there exists potential
for Chinese companies to derive additional value from their IP
by launching their innovations into the global arena.
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