REPUBLIC OF SINGAPORE
Published by Authority
|NO. 19]||Friday, October 3||[2008|
The following Act was passed by Parliament on 25th August 2008 and assented to by the President on 10th September 2008:—
Patents (Amendment) Act 2008
(No. 18 of 2008)
S R NATHAN
10th September 2008.
Date of Commencement: 1st December 2008
An Act to amend the Patents Act (Chapter 221 of the 2005 Revised Edition).
Be it enacted by the President with the advice and consent of the Parliament of Singapore, as follows:
1. This Act may be cited as the Patents (Amendment) Act 2008 and shall come into operation on such date as the Minister may, by notification in the Gazette, appoint.
2. Section 2(1) of the Patents Act is amended —
by inserting, immediately after the definition of “corresponding patent”, the following definition:
“ “Council for TRIPS” means the Council for Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights established under the TRIPS Agreement;”;
by inserting, immediately after the definition of “designate”, the following definition:
“ “Doha Declaration Implementation Decision” means the Decision adopted by the General Council of the World Trade Organisation on 30th August 2003 on the implementation of paragraph 6 of the Declaration on the TRIPS Agreement and Public Health adopted in Doha on 14th November 2001;”;
by inserting, immediately after the definition of “relevant authority”, the following definition:
“ “relevant health product” means a patented invention which is a product referred to in —
paragraph 1(a) of the Doha Declaration Implementation Decision; or
paragraph 1(a) of the Annex to the TRIPS Agreement;”; and
by deleting the full-stop at the end of the definition of “scientific adviser” and substituting a semi-colon, and by inserting immediately thereafter the following definitions:
“ “TRIPS Agreement” means the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights, set out in Annex 1C to the WTO Agreement, as revised or amended from time to time;
“WTO Agreement” means the World Trade Organisation Agreement signed in Marrakesh in 1994 as revised or amended from time to time.”.
3. The Patents Act is amended by inserting, under Part X immediately before section 51, the following section:
50A. This Part shall apply only to —
any contract for the supply of a patented product;
any licence to work a patented invention; and
any contract relating to any such supply or licence,
that was entered into or granted on or after 23rd February 1995 but before the date of commencement of section 3 of the Patents (Amendment) Act 2008.”.
4. Section 56 of the Patents Act is amended —
by deleting the word “provision” in subsection (1) and substituting the word “section”;
by inserting, immediately after subsection (1), the following subsection:
“(1A) Without prejudice to the generality of subsection (1), subject to sections 60, 61 and 62, but notwithstanding any other section of this Act, the Government and any party authorised in writing by the Government may import any relevant health product, and do anything in relation to any relevant health product so imported, for or during a national emergency or other circumstances of extreme urgency, if the Government has given the Council for TRIPS a relevant notification in relation to the relevant health product.”; and
by deleting subsection (4) and substituting the following subsection:
“(4) In this section —
“integrated circuit” means a product, in its final or an intermediate form, in which the elements, at least one of which is an active element, and some or all of the interconnections are integrally formed in and on, or in or on, a piece of material and which is intended to perform an electronic function;
“relevant notification” means a notification that satisfies the requirements of —
paragraph 2(a) of the Doha Declaration Implementation Decision; or
paragraph 2(a) of the Annex to the TRIPS Agreement.”.
5. Section 60 of the Patents Act is amended —
6. Section 62 of the Patents Act is repealed and the following section substituted therefor:
—(1) Subject to subsection (2), where an act is done under section 56, the Government shall pay such remuneration to the patentee as may be agreed, or as may be determined by a method agreed, between the Government and the patentee having regard to the economic value of the patented invention or as may, in default of agreement, be determined by the court under section 58.
(2) No remuneration shall be payable under subsection (1) in respect of the import or subsequent use under section 56(1A) of any relevant health product, if the patentee has received or will receive any other remuneration in respect of that relevant health product.”.
7. Section 66 of the Patents Act is amended —
by deleting the words “subsection (3)” in the 1st line of subsection (2)(g) and substituting the words “subsections (3) and (5A)”;
by inserting, immediately before the words “it consists of” in subsection (2)(i), the words “subject to subsection (5A),”;
by inserting, immediately after subsection (5), the following subsection:
by deleting subsection (6) and substituting the following subsection:
“(6) In this section —
“eligible importing member”, in relation to the World Trade Organisation, means a member of the World Trade Organisation which —
is a least-developed country; or
has given the Council for TRIPS the notification referred to in —
paragraph 1(b) of the Doha Declaration Implementation Decision; or
paragraph 1(b) of the Annex to the TRIPS Agreement;
“exempted aircraft” means an aircraft to which section 5 of the Air Navigation Act (Cap. 6) applies;
“relevant ship” and “relevant aircraft, hovercraft or vehicle” mean, respectively, a ship and an aircraft, a hovercraft or a vehicle registered in, or belonging to, any country, other than Singapore, which is —
a party to the Paris Convention; or
a member of the World Trade Organisation.”.