—(1) Where an application for registration of a design has been made and it appears to the Registrar that the design is one of a class notified to him by the Minister as relevant for defence purposes, the Registrar shall give directions for prohibiting or restricting —
the publication of information with respect to the design; or
the communication of such information to any person or class of persons specified in the directions.
(2) Rules may be made for securing that where such directions are given —
the representation of the design; and
any evidence filed in support of the application for registration,
shall not be open to public inspection in the Registry during the continuance in force of the directions.
(3) Any person who fails to comply with a direction of the Registrar shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $5,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 2 years or to both.
(4) Where such directions are in force, the application —
shall be held in abeyance after the formal requirements referred to in section 16 have been satisfied; and
(5) Where the Registrar gives such directions, he shall give notice of the application and of the directions to the Minister, and thereupon the following provisions shall have effect:
the Minister shall consider whether the publication of the design would be prejudicial to the defence of Singapore;
the Minister may at any time inspect the representation of the design, or any evidence referred to in subsection (2) (b);
if, upon the consideration of the design at any time, it appears to the Minister that the publication of the design would not, or would no longer, be prejudicial to the defence of Singapore, notice may be given to the Registrar to that effect; and
on the receipt of such notice, the Registrar shall revoke the directions and may, subject to such conditions (if any) as he thinks fit, extend the time for doing anything required or authorised to be done by or under this Act in connection with the application for registration, whether or not that time has previously expired.
(6) Where —
directions given under this section in relation to an application for registration of a design are revoked;
the design is registered; and
it appears to the Minister that the applicant has suffered hardship while the directions were in force,
the Minister may make such payment (if any) by way of compensation to the applicant as appears to the Minister to be reasonable having regard to all relevant circumstances.
(7) Nothing in this section shall prevent the disclosure of information concerning a design to a Government department or authority for the purpose of obtaining advice as to whether the directions under this section with respect to an application for registration of that design should be made, amended or revoked.
[UK Designs 1949, s. 5; Patents 1995 Ed., s. 33]