Trademark Registration Process
The trademark registration process in Singapore is straightforward and can be done in just 7 simple steps. These steps are taken from
Step 1: Creating a Distinctive Trademark
Before you can trademark anything, you will have to create a key brand element that represents your business – you can also trademark business names. Do avoid trademarks that:
denote the kind, quality, quantity, intended purpose, value, the time of production of goods or of rendering of services;
consist of common surnames or geographical names;
conflict with an earlier trade mark; or
mislead the public about the nature of the goods or services.
If you have an existing trademark that you have been using in other countries but that is likely to violate any of the standards listed above, you can demonstrate that the mark has been in use for a significant period of time and has established market recognition.
Step 2: Identification of Applicable Class of Goods/Services
The goods or services for which a trademark is registered determine the scope of the trademark registration. Singapore classifies trademarks according to the Nice Agreement’s International Classification of Goods and Services. There is a total of 34 classes of goods and 11 classes of services.
At this stage, you should think long-term to consider both your existing business and potential businesses that you would like to start in the future.
Step 3: Submission of your application
In order for a successful submission, you must at least provide:
A statement that you request a registration
A clear graphical representation of your mark. For marks comprising of a three-dimensional shape of the goods or packaging, line drawings should clearly show all dimensions of the mark.
A list of goods and services that you are registering in relation to the mark
A declaration of your proposed use of the trademark
Step 4: Review by Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS)
Upon receiving the submission, IPOS will review it to ensure that the application meets the minimum filing requirements.
If the minimum filing requirements are met, an acknowledgement letter will be sent out which will include your trademark number and the date of filing accorded.
Should your application fail due to not meeting of requirements, you will receive a deficiency letter to make the necessary amendments within 2 months from the date of letter.