SkillsFuture Study Award for
 
Intellectual Property
Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS)
Sector Overview

The Committee on the Future Economy (CFE) has identified intellectual property (IP) as a key driver of Singapore’s future economic growth, and the need to strengthen enterprises’ ability to innovate and scale up by building up capacity for IP commercialisation. As such, access to a skilled and competent talent pool is vital for such capability building efforts.  


The IP sector comprises in-house professionals focused on IP activities within companies in the various sectors of the economy, as well as professional firms that provide specialised services for IP protection, litigation/dispute resolution and consultancy associated with commercialisation activities.

Eligibility Criteria
  • Singaporeans with at least 2 years of full-time work experience

  • Not a previous recipient of any SkillsFuture Study Award

  • Public officers and staff from IPOS subsidiaries are not eligible for the SkillsFuture Study Award

  • Committed to deepening skills relevant to the IP sector through continuing education and training, and able to apply the new skills acquired in current and future job function as part of personal career development plan

  • Meets course entry requirements of the relevant course and has been accepted for selected course of study

  • Must not have completed course of study at the point of application

  • Courses for which support is being sought must be completed before 30 June 2022

  • Course fees should be $5,000 or more (after deducting applicable funding such as grants, subsidies, awards, scholarships, sponsorships, etc). The SkillsFuture Study Award can be used on top of existing Government course fee subsidies, such as the SkillsFuture Credit and SkillsFuture Mid-Career Enhanced Subsidy

  • Not a recipient of any fully funded scholarship/sponsorship for the same course. Examples of sponsorship includes company scholarship/sponsorship/training budget, and other applicable funding such as grants, subsidies, awards, scholarships, sponsorships, etc

  • In the event of a nomination by an employer, the employer's nomination must be accompanied by reasons for nomination, details of nominee’s work performance and potential for advancement in the company/sector, and explain how the course of study will help nominee fulfill current and future job requirements

  • Individual applicants must provide a letter of recommendation or testimonial from current or former employer


Supported Courses

   Course

   Training Provider

Master of IP and Innovation Management Singapore University of Social Sciences
Graduate Diploma in IP and Innovation Management (Patent Agency) Singapore University of Social Sciences
Graduate Diploma in IP and Innovation Management (IP Management) Singapore University of Social Sciences
Graduate Certificate in Intellectual Property & Technology Law NUS Law Academy
Specialist Certificate in Intangible Asset Management (Full Specialist Certificate) IPOS International Pte Ltd
Certified Patent Valuation Analyst Programme (Expanded Version) IPOS International Pte Ltd

 

Applicants may submit other relevant courses which IPOS will consider on a case-by-case basis. Please note that conferences, seminars, workshops and online courses are not supportable.


Application Period, Evaluation Process and Claim Process

Application closing date: 31 January 2021

Evaluation of applications is ongoing and on a first-come-first-served basis, until the awards allocated to the IP sector have been fully given out. IPOS reserves the right to request for more information from the applicant during the evaluation process to support the application. The evaluation process will take approximately 8 weeks upon receipt of the application form and the necessary accompanying documents and/or information to the satisfaction of IPOS. 


We regret to inform that only shortlisted applicants will be notified. IPOS reserves the right not to disclose the reasons for approving or rejecting any application. Incomplete and late applications will not be considered.

 

To apply:

Click on "Apply Now" to submit an application via the online portal. Please upload the following documents in the online portal: 

  • Letter of Acceptance from the training provider for the selected course
     
  • Information on selected course of study, including:
    • Course outline, and start and completion dates of the course; and
    • Course fees payable, and relevant invoices, receipts and proof of payment
       
  • Details of any grants, subsidies, awards, scholarships and/or sponsorships, including the source of funding, the amounts received and the relevant documentation on funding approval as evidence;
     
  • Resume/curriculum vitae, educational certificates and transcripts
     
  • Two separate contacts for ease of reference checks being conducted by IPOS. Please provide particulars of two persons who are not related to you. They should be responsible persons who know you well with regard to your character and work performance
     
  • For individual applicants, please provide a letter of recommendation or testimonial from current or former employer. For self-employed individuals, the letter of recommendation or testimonial can be from a client or business partner

     
  • In the event of a nomination by an employer, please include the following information in your application:
    • Reasons for nomination,
    • Details of nominee’s work performance and potential for advancement in the company/sector, and 
    • An explanation of how the course of study will help nominee fulfil current and future job requirements.
       

Claim Process

Shortlisted applicants will receive a Letter of Offer with the relevant terms and conditions of the award, a Letter of Undertaking, a Claim Form and a Direct Credit Authorisation Form.

To accept the award, the applicant shall undertake to comply with the terms and conditions of the award and shall be required to post the original signed copy of the Letter of Undertaking (provided with the Letter of Offer) to IPOS within 2 weeks from the date of Letter of Offer.

Disbursement of the award sum of $5,000 is dependent on the course of study. The award recipient is to submit the Claim Form, the Direct Credit Authorisation Form, and a letter from training provider certifying his current candidature status for a one-time disbursement of the award sum, according to the timeline below:

  Course

   Training Provider

  When to Submit Documents for Disbursement of Award Sum 

Master of IP and Innovation Management Singapore University of Social Sciences Last semester of studies in submitted candidature period
Graduate Diploma in IP and Innovation Management (Patent Agency)                                      Singapore University of Social Sciences Last semester of studies in submitted candidature period
Graduate Diploma in IP and Innovation Management (IP Management) Singapore University of Social Sciences Last semester of studies in submitted candidature period
Graduate Certificate in Intellectual Property & Technology Law NUS Law Academy Last module of studies
Specialist Certificate in Intangible Asset Management (Full Specialist Certificate) IPOS International Pte Ltd Last module of studies
Certified Patent Valuation Analyst Programme (Expanded Version) IPOS International Pte Ltd Last module of studies (Webinar module)
Other relevant courses approved by IPOS on a case-by-case basis IPOS International Pte Ltd Last semester of studies in submitted candidature period / last module of studies, to be advised in writing

 

The award recipient shall submit the original signed copies of the required documents to IPOS within 2 weeks from the date of notification by IPOS. The disbursements will take approximately 8 to 12 weeks from the date of receipt of the necessary documents.

It should be highlighted that under the terms and conditions of the award:

  • Award recipients shall submit a copy of the official course completion certificate to IPOS within 4 weeks of completion of the course

  • Where the certificate is not furnished within the prescribed time frame, or where an award recipient fails to complete the course and is unable to furnish the official course completion certificate, the full sum of $5,000 shall be returned to IPOS


Enquiries

For enquiries relating to the SkillsFuture Study Award for IP Sector, please contact:
 

Intellectual Property Office of Singapore
Partnership and Programme Department
Email: IP_Skills@ipos.gov.sg

Website: https://www.ipos.gov.sg

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