Before you apply
You can also conduct a search via IPOS' classification database.
When to register
There is no time limit for registering your trade mark – you might have been using your logo in conjunction with the ™ symbol for some time (or even without the symbol). However, it should be noted that a suit for infringement of a registered trade mark is only possible if the trade mark is registered. Registration takes effect from the date you file your trade mark application.
In Singapore, there is a priority claim procedure in place for applicants who have filed an earlier claim for the same mark 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.
Before filing your application, we advise that you conduct a thorough search of existing trade marks in the records maintained by the Registry of Trade Marks. It is important to ensure that there is no prior trade mark that is similar or identical to the one you intend to use. Go to eFiling to access the Similar Mark Search.
The Application procedure
The registration application process in Singapore is straightforward and you are permitted to file for several classes of goods and/or services within the same application. You may also designate Singapore through the Madrid Protocol (an international registration system of marks administered by the International Bureau of the World Intellectual Property Organization) to which Singapore is a member country.
In order to obtain an official filing date, you will need to ensure that the following requirements are met:
Your application can be submitted as follows:
1. Apply and pay the appropriate fee via the IPOS online facility here.
2. Download your forms here and send or take your completed application to:
Registrar of Trade Marks, Registry of Trade Marks
Intellectual Property Office of Singapore
51 Bras Basah Road
#01-01 Manulife Centre
Registry's operating hours :
Monday to Friday: 8:30am to 5:30pm
Saturday, Sunday and Public Holiday: CLOSED
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 and bank draft (in Singapore dollars) made out 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.
Your application will normally be examined in about four months from the filing date. You will be informed in writing if your application is in order for acceptance and publication, or if there are objections affecting your application.
How your trade mark application is processed
This flowchart outlines what happens after you have submitted your National application: (Please mouseover for more information)
1. Submission of Trade Mark Application on Form TM4
The application Form TM4 (at S$341 per class of goods/services via online filing, or S$374 per class of goods/services via manual filing) is filed. Please note that any fees paid are not refundable and this includes cases where the application does not proceed to registration.
2. Minimum filing requirements
In general, the date of filing for the trade mark application is the date in which all the following are met:
3a. Minimum filing requirements met
Once the minimum filing requirements are met, the date of filing is accorded and a trade mark number is issued. This information is sent to you via an acknowledgment letter. Details of your trade mark application are available via Online Trademarks Enquiry.
3b. Minimum filing requirements not met
If one or more of the minimum filing requirements are not met, a deficiency letter will be sent for the applicant to remedy within 2 months from the date of the letter. This timeline is not extendible.
4. Application is deemed never to have been made
In the event that the applicant does not remedy the deficiencies or remedies the deficiencies out of time, the application will be deemed never to have been made.
IPOS will examine if the mark is registrable in accordance to the Trade Marks Act. Other costs may be required at this stage. For instance, to effect amendment(s) to the application as directed by the examiner, Form TM27, payable at S$40 per class, or S$40 per trade mark number (depending on the nature of amendments), may be required. For manual filing, please note that additional Service Bureau charges apply (i.e., S$40 plus S$0.50 for each page of document).
6a. Publication in the Trade Marks Journal
If the trade mark is acceptable for registration, it will be published in the online Trade Marks Journal. Within 2 months after the date of publication, any interested party who wish to oppose its registration may initiate opposition proceedings at IPOS. More information is available via this link.
6b. IPOS issues examination report
If the requirements for registration are not satisfied, the examiner will issue an examination report stating the grounds of refusal and/or the additional information required. The applicant will be given 4 months to respond to the examination report. The response can be through a letter clarifying the matter or through Form TM27 at S$40 per class, or S$40 per trade mark number to amend the necessary information.
If the applicant requires more time to respond to the examination report, Form CM5 (no charge for first and second filing, S$50 for third and subsequent filing) has to be lodged to request for an extension of time before the expiry of the time period stated in the report. For manual filing of these forms, please note that additional Service Bureau charges apply.
7. IPOS issues notification that application is Treated as Withdrawn (Reinstatable)
If no response or request for an extension of time is received within the time period stipulated in the examination report, the application will be treated as withdrawn.
An applicant may request for the reinstatement of an application which is treated as withdrawn via the lodgement of Form CM13 (at S$100 per trade mark number). Please note that this request has to be made within 6 months after the date the application was treated as withdrawn. During this 6-month period, the application will take the status "Treated as Withdrawn (Reinstatable)", for clarity.
For manual filing, please note that additional Service Bureau charges apply.
When making this reinstatement request, the applicant is also expected to respond to the objections that were raised in the last examination report.
Trade mark applications with the status "Treated as Withdrawn (Reinstatable)" are not regarded as an earlier trade mark and will therefore not be cited if a later similar or identical mark is lodged. Before such a reinstatement is allowed, we will conduct a new conflicting mark search. An objection will be taken in the event a new conflicting mark(s) is found. The reinstatement will be allowed only after the objection relating to the new conflicting mark has been overcome or waived.
8. Registration Certificate issued
If there is no opposition, or if the outcome of the opposition hearing is in favour of the trade mark applicant, a Certificate of Registration would be issued and the trade mark would be granted protection for 10 years.
By the 10th year, the registration can be renewed through Form TM19 (at S$250 per class of goods/services (via online filing) or S$270 (manual filing) per class of goods/services).
Within 6 months after expiry, the registration can be renewed through the same Form TM19 (at S$370 per class of goods/services (via online filing)). For manual filing, please note that additional Service Bureau charges apply.
Within 12 months after expiry, the registration can be renewed through Form TM19 (at S$400 per class of goods/services (via online filing)). For manual filing, please note that additional Service Bureau charges apply.
9. Trade mark application is Refused
If the outcome of the opposition hearing is not in favour of the trade mark applicant, the trade mark application will be refused.
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