Singapore announces plans for special IP Court

Singapore

The Singapore Supreme Court has announced that a special Intellectual Property Court will be set up to keep pace with the growth in commercial disputes at both domestic and international level.

This is a major step in the right direction as IP disputes, particularly those involving issues of infringement and validity, increasingly require a sophisticated level of legal and technical understanding of the subject matter. In Singapore's new Intellectual Property Court, judges or judicial commissioners who have expertise in IP law will be assigned to hear IP cases. Also, IP professionals can expect to play a greater role in landmark decisions.

In related news, the Economic Development Board of Singapore has unveiled plans to develop Singapore into an IP hub and make it the location of choice for managing the IP portfolios of companies in the region and around the world. The introduction of a specialist Intellectual Property Court is in line with this policy to promote Singapore as a jurisdiction of choice in both domestic and international commercial disputes.

Gladys Mirandah, Ella Cheong & G Mirandah, Singapore

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