Singapore is the party to the United Nation Convention on Contract for the International Sale of Goods.
|Type of property and law
|International Agreements Signed
Patents Act, 1995
|20 years (renewable)
Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT)
Trade Marks Act, 2005 (revised)
|10 years (renewable)
Protocol Relating to the Madrid Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Marks
Registered Designs Act of 2000. Visit: Intellectual Property Office of Singapore
|5 years and then renewable every 5 years up to a maximum of 15 years subject to payment of renewal fees.
Copyright Act, 2005
|The duration varies depending on the nature of work. Visit: Intellectual Property Office of Singapore.
Berne convention For the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works
WIPO Copyright Treaty
WIPO Performances and Phonograms Treaty
Layout-Designs of Integrated Circuits Act, 1999
|15 years (maximum from the date of creation)
|Overview of the Singapore legal system
|For details, visit the web site of Singapore Academy of Law
|The Supreme Court
|Highest court in the country, headed by the ‘Chief Justice'. It consists of the ‘Court of Appeal' and the ‘High Court'.
The ‘Court of Appeal' hears appeals against the decisions of High Court Judges in both civil and criminal matters. The Chief Justice sits in the Court of Appeal together with the Judges of Appeal. For more details visit:
Supreme Court of Singapore
|The District Courts try all offences for which the maximum term of imprisonment provided by law does not exceed 7 years or which are punishable by a fine only. For details visit : The State Courts of Singapore
|Industrial Arbitration Court (IAC)
|The IAC enjoys the status of the High Court and handles exclusively industrial disputes. For more details visit:
Moreover the Free-Trade policy of Singapore aims at solving all trade related disputes through consultation and trade-enhancing remedies, setting higher standards of openness and transparency.
Singapore International Chamber of Commerce (SICC)
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