Singapore Trademark Registration

A trademark is a type of intellectual property rights which includes any word, name, symbol, device, or any combination, used or intended to be used to identify and distinguish the goods/services of one seller or provider from those of others, and to indicate the source of the goods/services.

Singapore Trademark Registration

A trademark is a type of intellectual property rights which includes any word, name, symbol, device, or any combination, used or intended to be used to identify and distinguish the goods/services of one seller or provider from those of others, and to indicate the source of the goods/services.

How to Register a Trademark in Singapore?

Before filing the application for trademark registration in Singapore, it is essential that you have ascertained that:
Once the above is confirmed, one may proceed to file the application with the authorities.
Singapore Trademark Act – Key Features
Although it is not a legal requirement to register a trademark in Singapore, doing so can add significant value to a business. By filing for trademark registration, the owner of the trademark gains the right to ownership and the ability to prevent others from using a similar or identical mark without their permission. This ensures that the business’s brand is protected and can be used exclusively by the owner, making it easier to build a strong reputation and customer base.

Requirements for Filing a Trademark Application

To initiate the filing of a Trademark on your behalf, we must complete an application process and secure a filing date. To achieve this, kindly furnish us with the following details:
For marks depicting a three-dimensional shape of goods or packaging, representation through line drawings is acceptable. If a single-view line drawing is insufficient, multiple aspect views (up to a maximum of six views) should be provided. In cases involving non-English words and/or non-Roman characters, the application must include English translations and/or transliterations (pronunciations).

Process to Register a Trademark in Singapore

Stage 1 : Filing Application

The application for the trademark will contain the following information:

  • Name & address of the applicant(s)
  • Graphical representation of the mark
  • Class and description of the goods/services for which the trademark is applied for
  • Period of use (if any)
  • Application fees

When applying for a trademark registration in Singapore, it is important to make sure that the goods and services listed in the application must comply with ICGS (International Classification of Goods and Services).

Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS) oversees the Trademark Registration process. A registrar will check if the above-mentioned requirements has been complied with. If so, the application will proceed to Stage 2.

Top key features of Singapore’s Trademarks Act

What is a Trademark?

A trademark is a symbol, word, phrase, design, or a combination of these elements that is used in business to distinguish one’s goods or services from those of others. A trademark may appear on packaging, labels, products, or vouchers. It is considered a form of property that can be owned by individuals, businesses, or legal entities. Trademarks are a type of intellectual property that are legally recognized.

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How do you Identify a Trademark?

Trademarks are commonly identified by the symbols ® and TM, which differ in several ways. ® This term refers to a trademark that has been registered and protected according to trademark laws. Trademarks identified with ™ may not necessarily be registered or protected. The following types of trademarks are eligible for registration in Singapore:
Key Benefits

Trademark registration is not mandatory for using a trademark but registering it can add protection and value to your product and business. By obtaining a trademark registration, you acquire exclusive rights to use and control the trademark, restrict others from using it without your consent, and prevent the registration of a later trademark that is similar or identical to an earlier registered one for the same or similar goods or services.

Trademark owners can benefit in many ways by acquiring a trademark registration, such as distinguishing their product or service from others, ensuring quality for their customers, protecting their market share by preventing others from copying it, licensing it to third parties for commercial returns, selling it outright for a specified value, and using it to raise equity for their business undertakings.

Singapore Trademark Registration - FAQ

What is the duration for which a Trademark Registration remains valid in Singapore?

The validity of trademark registration is for 10 years from the date of application and can be renewed indefinitely by paying the renewal fee.

What are the common causes of rejection?

In Singapore, trademark registrations can be refused for multiple reasons. Two common reasons include if there is already an existing trademark that is very similar to the one being applied for, or if the trademark is not capable of uniquely distinguishing the goods or services it represents from those of other traders.

How long does registering a trademark in Singapore take?

The registration procedure might take anywhere from 8 to 12 months.

Why is it advisable to register a trademark?

Registering a trademark gives the owner statutory rights to use and exploit the mark within the jurisdiction of its registration. Additionally, it offers certain priorities and advantages when registering the trademark in other jurisdictions.

What are the benefits of registering a trademark?

The main benefits of registering a trademark include the following:

  • Exclusive rights to use the mark
  • Prevention of others from copying it
  • Capitalizing on the growing market value of the mark
  • Quality assurance for customers
  • Branding through mark recognition
  • Granting a license for commercial use by third parties, creating a source of revenue
  • Eligibility for up to 400% tax rebates from the Singapore Government under the Productivity and Innovation Credit Scheme to offset the costs of registering the trademark
  • Market recognition
  • Legal protection

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