When to apply
There is no time limit for applying to register your trade mark. However, it should be noted that a suit for infringement of a registered trade mark is only possible if the trade mark is registered. If you file for a trade mark application and the mark is successfully registered, protection of the mark will take effect from the date the trade mark application is filed.
In Singapore, there is a priority claim procedure in place for applicants who have filed an earlier application 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 6 months from the date of the first filing.
Before you apply
The Application procedure
The trade mark 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:
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Payment can be made by NETS, cashcard, GIRO, cheque (crossed), money order or 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 4 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:
1. Applicant files trade mark application
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.
Details of your application can be found on IP2SG, where you may query for your application via various fields such as the application number (provided right after you have successfully submitted the Form TM4 online), applicant/proprietor name, or agent name.
The date of filing of your trade mark application is the earliest date in which the following minimum filing requirements are met:
2. Mark Indexing
Mark indices are inserted in order for the trade marks to be searchable. At this stage, we will also check that the graphical representation of the trade mark is clear and the list of goods and services are indicated.
If the application fulfils all the minimum filling requirements, IPOS will proceed to 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 the amendment), may be required. For manual filing of the form, please note that additional Service Bureau charges apply.
3b. IPOS issues Notice of Deficiency
An applicant whose application fails to satisfy any of the minimum filing requirements will receive a Notice of Deficiency from IPOS.
The applicant will be required to remedy the deficiencies within the time period stipulated in the notice in order to continue with the application. The deadline is not extendible.
The date of filing will be updated as the earliest date in which the deficiencies are remedied.
4. Application is deemed never to have been made
If the applicant fails to remedy the deficiencies within the stipulated time period, the application will be deemed never to have been made.
5a. IPOS publishes mark
If the trade mark is acceptable for registration, it will be published in the Trade Marks Journal. Within 2 months from the date of publication, any interested party who wish to oppose the registration of the trade mark may initiate opposition proceedings at IPOS. More information is available via this link.
5b. 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 written response 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 has to be lodged—before the expiry of the time period stated in the examination report—to request for an extension of time. For manual filing of these forms, please note that additional Service Bureau charges apply.
6. 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 from 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 of the form, please note that additional Service Bureau charges apply.
When filing the 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 a reinstatement is allowed, we will conduct a new conflicting mark search. An objection will be raised 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.
7. IPOS issues Registration Certificate
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.
8. Application is refused
If the outcome of the opposition hearing is not in favour of the applicant, the trade mark application will be refused.
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