Before you apply
Before filing an application to register your design, it is important to conduct a search of existing designs to ensure its registrability. You can use the IPOS eDesigns search resource and the search terminals available at the IPOS Public Search area to carry out your search. You may also wish to check the databases of other countries.
When to register
You should register your design at the earliest opportunity as the design registration system in Singapore operates on a first-to-file basis. This means that the first person to file an application will, in general, have priority over others.
In Singapore, there is a priority application procedure in place for applicants who have filed an earlier application for the same design in another Paris Convention country or a World Trade Organisation member country (other than Singapore). The Singapore application must be filed within six months from the date of the first filing.
The Application Procedure
This flowchart outlines what happens after you have submitted your application.
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Your application can be submitted as follows:
Download your forms here and send; or take your completed application to:
Registry of Designs - Intellectual Property Office of Singapore
51 Bras Basah Road
#04-01 Manulife Centre
The Registry's operating hours:
Monday to Friday: 8:30am to 5:30pm
Saturday, Sunday and Public Holiday: CLOSED
The Cashier's operating hours:
Monday to Friday: 8:30am to 5:00pm
Customer Enquiry Hotline: (65) 6339 8616
Fax : (65) 6339 0252
Email : Click here
Payment can be made by NETS, cashcard, GIRO, cheque (crossed), money order or bank draft (in Singapore dollars) to Intellectual Property Office of Singapore. For submission by mail, the application form must be completed and duly signed together with all the required documents and a cheque, money order, bank draft or request for GIRO payment.