In Singapore, a trademark is defined as a “sign” that is capable of graphical representation and is used by a business to identify and distinguish itself from other businesses. Commonly registered trademarks are brand names, slogans and logos. The governing authority for trademarks in Singapore is the Intellectual Property office of Singapore (IPOS). The law regarding trademarks can be found in the Trade Marks Act (Cap 332).
The trademark application process can be divided into 4 stages:
- Issuance of registration certificate
There are two main ways registering a Singapore trademark outside of Singapore. You can either apply for filing directly with the IP offices of the respective countries or file an international application via The Madrid Protocol. Filing with each individual IP office is costly and time consuming. The Madrid Protocol is an international treaty concerning the international registration of trademarks. It provides a cost-effective and efficient way for trademark holders to obtain trademark rights in multiple countries through the filing of one application with a single office, in one language, one set of fees and one renewal date covering more than one country.
As your application may face oppositions in other countries, you may need a lawyer in that country to handle the oppositions for you.
Duration of Application: About 9 months (if no objections or oppositions arise)
Mark Validity: 10 years from the date of application
Mark Renewal: The registration is renewable for periods of 10 years. It can be made 6 months before the expiry.
For enquiry of the Singapore trademark registration or other international trademark application, please contact us for free trademark consultation.