IP AGENTS GOOD CONDUCT GUIDELINES VERSION 01/2014

  • 06-02-2014

IP AGENTS GOOD CONDUCT GUIDELINES VERSION 01/2014

Dear MIPA members

We refer to the IP Agents Good Conduct Guidelines version 01/2014 posted on MyIPO's website and wish to thank MyIPO for its efforts in issuing the same.

We are pleased to note that MyIPO has adopted some of the suggestions made on 4th December 2013 by MIPA.  However, we reiterate our view that unlike the original draft Code that we submitted to MyIPO on 14th December 2011, the present Guidelines do not have any enforcement provisions.  Compliance with the Guidelines by the IP Agents is therefore still on a voluntary basis and there is no sanction on the IP Agents for any breach of the Guidelines.

Notwithstanding the above, we understand from MyIPO that the Guidelines are a first step towards establishing a mandatory Code and we would welcome MyIPO's efforts to amend the relevant laws and regulations to incorporate the enforceable provisions of the Code in the near future.  MIPA will be glad to assist MyIPO towards that goal to raise the standards of professionalism for IP Agents in our country.

To members celebrating Chinese New Year, the MIPA ExCo wishes "Happy Chinese New Year.  May the new year provide a galloping journey in thousand li."

Yours faithfully,                                                                  

Dennis Tan Boon Leng

Honorary Secretary - MIPA

 



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