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Mai 19, 2022 (Newsletter Issue 6/22)
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Simplified Court Procedures for IP Disputes

On 1 April 2022, the new Supreme Court of Judicature (IP) Rules 2022 (SCJIPR 2022) came into force.

The new Rules provide for a new optional track for IP disputes for certain claims. The new single streamlined procedure will ensure time and cost proportionality for IP disputes and is especially suitable for individuals as well as small and medium-sized enterprises.

The key features of the simplified process are as follows:
1. It is generally suitable if the dispute involves an IP right, where the monetary relief claimed by each party in the action does not or is not likely to exceed SGD 500,000 or where all parties agree to the application of the process.
2. At a case conference, the court must give directions on all matters necessary for the case to proceed expeditiously and, if practicable, give directions to ensure that the trial is completed within 2 days.
3. If the case is proceeding to trial, the total costs ordered against a party must not exceed SGD 50,000 in relation to the trial of the originating claim and must not exceed SGD 25,000 in relation to any bifurcated assessment as to the amount of monetary relief after any set off.

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