IP Australia's website provides a little more information -- but not much:
"... The MOU is a commercial arrangement that has been in place since 1995 and which is renegotiated periodically.The IPOS website has nothing further to add.
IP Australia has decided to discontinue with current MOU arrangements. ...
The decision not to renew the MOU will not impact on other patent services provided by IP Australia to Singapore or our strong engagement with IPOS. IP Australia will continue with its treaty obligations to act as an International Search and Preliminary Examination Authority for international application’s lodged by Singaporean applicants under the Patent Cooperation Treaty. IP Australia and IPOS will also continue to pursue discussions on regional cooperation for the effective processing of patents to benefit innovators in both countries".
Does anyone know what happened to end this idyllic arrangement? Was it just a matter of money, a lack of synergy, a lovers' tiff, perhaps? The IPKat dearly wants to know.
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