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Background

The Intellectual Property (Border Enforcement) Act 2018 (IPBE Act) was passed in the Singapore Parliament on 9 July 2018 and was assented to by the President on 2 August 2018. The IPBE Act implements a phased approach to fulfilling Singapore's obligations under the European Union-Singapore Free Trade Agreement (EUSFTA) and Singapore's commitment to enhancing its border enforcement measures. It will also provide Singapore Customs ("Customs") and intellectual property rights (IPR) holders with new and enhanced anti-counterfeiting powers.

The IPBE Act will include amendments to the Copyright Act (CA), Trade Marks Act (TMA), Registered Designs Act (RDA) and Geographical Indications Act (GIA).

For further background, please refer to our August 2018 and May 2018 newsletters which discussed the IPBE Act and the IPBE Bill respectively).

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