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Singapore Trademark Registration 

A trademark attorney will process your trademark registration in Singapore through the following steps:

 
Trademark Comprehensive Study   Step 1. Trademark Comprehensive Study:
A trademark search report with attorney's analysis and opinion about registration probabilities.
Step 1 Prices
 

 
Trademark Registration Request   Step 2. Trademark Registration Request:
A trademark attorney will file and process your trademark application before the Trademark Office.
Step 2 Prices
 

Frequently Asked Questions
  • Is there a time frame for the trademark registration approval?

    The average time frame for the registration approval is 8 months, if no objections or oppositions arise.

     

  • If I register my trademark in Singapore, do I have protection in other territories?

    The territorial limit of registration is Singapore.

  • Do I need to sign a Power of Attorney?

    A power of attorney may be requested by the Registry Office during prosecution.

  • Are there any benefits from a pre-filing use of the trademark?
    • use may demonstrate the mark’s acquired distinctiveness
    • use may help overcome an opposition on the grounds of non-distinctiveness
    • the “first to use” rule is effective which means that the first person to use a mark obtains all legal rights to it even if another party registers the mark at a later date
    • it may possibly stop third parties from using an identical mark
  • Will there be problems in case I don’t use my trademark after registration?

    Attack on the ground of non-use is available.

  • What are the types of trademark that can be registered in Singapore?
    • words
    • colours
    • names
    • smells
    • certain three-dimensional shapes
    • slogans
    • devices
    • sounds
    • trade dress/get-up
    • motion
    • holograms
    • certification marks
    • collective marks
    • service marks
  • What are the phases of application after a trademark has been filed in Singapore?

    The order of the application process is as follows:

    1. Examination in respect of:
      • formalities
      • classification
      • clarity
      • descriptiveness
      • distinctiveness
      • deceptiveness
      • conflict with an earlier registration
    2. Publication of the following information about the application:
      • mark
      • name of applicant
      • goods/services
      • address of applicant
      • citizenship of applicant
      • state or country of incorporation of applicant
      • application number
      • priority claim information
      • application date
      • representation of trademark
    3. Registration
  • What type of trademark is not registrable?
    • generic terms
    • marks contrary to moral standards or public order
    • non-distinctive trademarks
    • names, symbols of states, or flags of regions, nations or of international organizations
    • marks that function principally as geographic location names
  • Does Singapore use the "Nice Classification" system?

    Singapore follows the Nice Classification System.

  • Does the Community Trademark apply for Singapore?

    Singapore is not a member of the European Union. Hence, the Community Trade Mark registration is not followed in this jurisdiction.

  • Is there any possibility to claim priority in Singapore?

    Priority application is possible if:

     

    • the applicant's home country is a signatory of the Paris Convention
    • its home application was filed six months earlier than the application date in Singapore
    • the applicant's home country is a signatory of the World Trade Organization
    • an international registration can be designated in Singapore
  • What do I need to do to satisfy the use requirement?

    A trademark must be used within five years from the completion date of the registration procedure. Note that this is the date when the certificate of registration is issued.

     

    To satisfy the use requirement, the amount of use can be minimal and must be bona fide. Use must also occur in this jurisdiction.

  • Once my trademark has been registered, for how many years will be valid?

    The initial term of a registration is 10 years calculated from the application date.

  • What will be the renewal date of my trademark?

    The first renewal date of a registration is 10 years from the application filing date.

  • Is it legal to use my trademark even if it is not yet registered?

    It is legally allowed to use an unregistered mark for any goods or services.


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