Starting Business can assist you with the initial design of your trademark, through to the search and registration stages. Our consultants will also facilitate your trademark renewal where required and will administer the necessary documentation on your behalf in a professional and timely manner. Using our resources, we can offer effective and comprehensive Singapore trademark services.
The Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS) is the registry responsible for all matters relating to registering intellectual property in Singapore. All applications for registration are filed with IPOS and depending on whether the application is approved, the mark will then be registered. IPOS is a governmental agency operating under the Ministry of Law and strives to enforce and develop effective intellectual property matters in Singapore.
A Singapore trademark is legally required to be capable of being represented graphically, whether it takes the form of letters, words, numbers, colours, designs, shapes of a combination thereof.
The validity period of a Singapore trademark is 10 consecutive years from the date of registration. The mark can be renewed every 10 years thereafter provided the mark has been used appropriately and in accordance with the trademark law of Singapore. In Singapore, a trademark can be renewed indefinitely.
The Trademarks Act 1995 forms the legislation for all Singapore trademarks and was passed in 1998 in a bid to achieve standards set by the Paris Convention for the Protection of Intellectual Property. The Trademarks Act 1995 provides the scope of permitted trademarks, marks which are prohibited, definition of infringement and available remedies for the owner. The Act enforces its regulation in line with the Trademark Rules and the Trademarks (International Registration) Rules of Singapore.
It should be noted that the Trademarks Act 1995 offers trademark rights and protection within the boundaries of Singapore only. For protection of a trademark overseas, the owner must seek registration in the additional jurisdictions.
One of the main benefits of a Singapore trademark is that unlike many other jurisdictions, there is no burden of proof put on the owner to demonstrate the mark was used proper to the application for registration being filed.
Under Singapore Trademark Law, infringement of a registered trademarks rights occur where a third party has used the same or a similar mark to represent similar goods or services without the consent of the owner. Once infringement is evident, a Singapore trademark owner can take legal action and seek damages against the infringing third party for harm or loss incurred.
Starting Business can provide comprehensive consultation for your registration, from assisting you with the initial trademark search to administering the relevant documentation. We are experienced in all aspects of Singapore trademarks from the initial designing process to ensuring successful renewals.
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