Singaporeans Indicate Strong Support for Intellectual Property Rights and Creators

Latest IP Perception Survey Results:  4 in 5 Singaporeans agree that it is important to protect IP rights and works of IP Creators.
Singapore, 23 April 2015 – An IP Perception Survey commissioned by the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS) last November revealed that 4 in 5 Singaporeans agree that it is important to protect intellectual property rights (IPR) and works of IP creators. These findings were announced at the 2015 World IP Day Appreciation Event held earlier today which saw more than 100 community and creative industry IP partners gather to celebrate this annual international IP event, celebrated by 188 nation states across the globe.

Other key results include the finding that Singaporeans have high IP awareness and respect, with 3 in 5 who regard buying counterfeit products as a form of theft, and 1 in 2 who view online IPR infringements as a form of theft. Convenience and unwillingness to pay for content were cited as key drivers for online IPR infringements. A summary report of the IP Perception Survey can be found here.

Dr Stanley Lai, Chairman of IPOS’ Board of Directors said, “The quest to embrace IP to benefit our community and build an idea-driven Singapore is an ongoing one. We need an actively engaged and committed IP community to reify the fact that everyone has a role to play to promote and support IP, to further engender creativity and innovation for a better quality of life, and a better Singapore.”

Ms. Denise Phua, Mayor of Central Singapore District, mentioned, “We are heartened that more than 50 Bras-Basah Bugis (BBB) establishments and institutions from the Central CDC have joined IPOS to promote IP awareness and respect in our community. Singapore has a wealth of outstanding and creative talents, many of whom we know, are found here at Singapore’s art and heritage district. It is important that we recognise and support their work to encourage more of such output, and growth of this important creative sector. Today’s celebration and recognition of the World IP Day partners is a start; we hope that many more Singaporeans will join us to support IP in the days ahead.”

Enhancing Accessibility to IP Knowledge, Schemes and Networks
Also announced during the 2015 World IP Day Appreciation Event was IPOS’ new community outreach programme – “Embracing Intellectual Property @ IP 101”. Comprising a series of info-connect sessions which are held regularly at IPOS’ customer service centre, the programme is focused on helping businesses, innovators, professionals and the community to respect, protect and use IP for improving the quality of lives, as well as business and economic growth.

Participation in this programme is free and open to the public. Businesses and entrepreneurs could benefit from IP Legal Clinics where experts advise on pertinent issues such as remedies and enforcement actions, which one could adopt in IP dispute cases. They could also learn more about IP protection in ASEAN and major jurisdictions at talks delivered by local and international delegates. Youths and the community could come up close and personal with successful local IP creators from different creative genres, and glean value from their IP journeys.

As the nation and community rally to bring IP closer to the people, the disadvantaged is not forgotten. Singapore, being the first in Southeast Asia to accede to the Marrakesh Treaty, is further proof of the Republic’s resolve to improve access to information and IP for the visually impaired. Effective 30th March, beneficiaries can enjoy greater ease and fewer restrictions when producing or sourcing for copyrighted materials. Francis Tay, Head of Department (Operations), Singapore Association of the Visually Handicapped (SAVH) said, “This is a historic and important moment for the visually impaired community, progressing along with Singapore to realise her vision of becoming an IP Hub of Asia.”

Next up in Singapore’s celebration of WIPD 2015 include the nation’s hosting of the first World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) Regional Workshop on “The Opportunities & Challenges in the Implementation of the Beijing and Marrakesh Treaties”. A social media campaign with a strong “call-to-action” focus on respecting IP, helmed by newly appointed 2015 IP Ambassadors, The Sam Willows, will be activated across the nation in the months of May and June.

Edited by The IPA Beacon Editorial Team