The Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS) reviews all trademark applications from trademark owners in Singapore. Upon approval of a registration application, the owner will be issued with a trademark registration certificate, which gives the owner full protection and legal rights over usage of the mark within Singapore. If you wish to register your trademark in Singapore it is advisable to seek professional guidance from a consultancy firm to assist you every step of the way.
How to register a Singapore Trademark
In order to ensure your application for Singapore trademark registration is successful, you are obliged to meet all necessary requirements as laid down by the IPOS and applicable Singapore trademark legislation.
It is essential that the mark seeking registration rights is available for registration in Singapore. This ultimately means the mark cannot already be in use or registered. One of the most convenient ways to ensure a mark is ‘available’ is to conduct a trademark search of the IPOS database. It is typically expected that an industry professional or attorney will perform the search as the results can be difficult to interpret. Provided the trademark is available, distinctive, and non-descriptive in nature, it is likely that registration rights will be granted by the IPOS.
All Singapore trademarks must be capable of graphical representation. They can be one of, or a combination of, colours, numbers, letters, designs and shapes.
Additionally, a Singapore trademark must comply with the Trademarks Act 1995, which stipulates that Singapore trademarks must meet standards set by the Paris Convention for the Protection of Intellectual Property. The Trademarks Act 1995 also provides the legal framework, thus providing individuals with the procedures to follow in cases of trademark infringement and remedies sought.
Trademark rights will last for a period of 10 years from the date of filing for registration. On expiry of the Singapore trademark rights, the owner must apply for trademark renewal.
For more information on how to register a Singapore trademark, view our Singapore Trademark services page.