geographical-indication

GEOGRAPHICAL INDICATIONS

A geographical indication (GI) provides assurance of a product's characteristics, which are attributable to its geographical origin. Read on to find out more about registering and managing GIs.

Maintaining Geographical Indications

Maintain Your Geographical Indication

If you have submitted a geographical indication (GI) application or have a registered GI in Singapore, learn more about the possible actions and remedies available for your application or registration.

Change Details of Applicant, Registrant, Agent or Representative

For an Appointment, Removal or Change of an Agent for matters in relation to a GI application or registration

  • Form GI5 should be filed with IPOS. 

  • A change of an agent may also include the scenario where there is a change in legal entity of an agent (e.g. from ABC LLP to ABC Pte Ltd).


For a Change or Correction of (i) Name, (ii) Address, (iii) Singapore Address for Service, or (iv) Other Particulars of the Applicant, Registrant, Agent or Other Party on Record:

  • Form GI6 should be filed with IPOS. 

  • Form GI6 applies strictly where there is no change in the legal entity of the applicant / registrant / agent / other party on record.

    • Where there is a change in legal entity of the applicant / registrant, Form G10 should be filed. 

    • Where there is a change in legal entity of the agent, Form GI5 should be filed.

For a Transfer of a Registered Geographical Indication to Another Party:

  • Form GI10 should be filed with IPOS.

  • Only the current registrant of the geographical indication (GI) is allowed to apply for a transfer of registration for the GI.

  • The subsequent registrant of the GI (i.e. the transferee) should be in the capacity of: 

    • A person who is carrying on an activity as a producer in the geographical area with respect to the goods to which the GI applies;

    • An association of persons who are carrying on activities as producers in the geographical area with respect to the goods to which the GI applies; or

    • A competent authority having responsibility for the GI.

Amend a Geographical Indication Application or Registration

To amend your geographical indication (GI) application (other than a change in the name, address or other particulars of the applicant):

  • Form GI2 should be filed with IPOS. Where the GI application has been published, and the amendment affects the representation of the GI or the goods covered, the amendment shall be published in the Geographical Indications Journal.

  • If the amendment relates to a change in the name, address or other particulars of the applicant, please refer to "Change Details of Applicant, Registrant, Agent or Representative" above.


To rectify an error or omission in the Geographical Indications Register for a registered GI (other than to the name, address or other particulars of the registrant):

  • If you are the registrant of the registered GI, Form GI2 should be filed with IPOS.

  • Otherwise, if you are not the registrant of the registered GI, Form GI4 should be filed with IPOS. A statement of grounds relied upon for the application for rectification must be attached along with the form.

  • Where the rectification is allowed by IPOS, the rectification details shall be published in the Geographical Indications Journal.


To correct a clerical error or an obvious mistake in an application (other than an application for registration of a GI), notice or other document:

Request for Extension of Time to Respond to IPOS

Form GI9 should be filed with IPOS to request for extension of time for matters not relating to inter partes proceedings.

Please note that:

  • Requests for extension of time should be filed before the expiry of the deadline to respond to IPOS.

  • No fee is applicable for the first and second requests for extension of time, however, a fee is required for the third and subsequent requests for extension of time. The third and subsequent requests for extension of time must be accompanied by reason(s) and are subject to approval.

  • A request for extension of time to renew a geographical indication (GI) registration or request for continued processing of a GI application is not allowed under Rule 83(11)(g) and (i) of the Geographical Indications Rules.

Provide a Letter of Consent

A letter of consent may be required to overcome a trade mark citation by obtaining consent from the proprietor or applicant of the earlier trade mark, to the registration and use of the geographical indication. 

For guidance on how a letter of consent should be presented, please refer to the sample letter of consent.
Request for Continued Processing

An application for geographical indication (GI) is deemed “Treated As Abandoned (Continued Processing Possible)” if an applicant fails to respond to IPOS’ notice or fails to request for an extension of time within the time period specified in the notice. 

Within 2 months after the expiry of the time period, the applicant can make a request for IPOS to continue processing the application by submitting Form GI3 with the relevant fee. 

Please note that a request for extension of time to request for continued processing of a GI application is not allowed under Rule 83(11)(i) of the Geographical Indications Rules.

Request for Qualification of Rights

The rights of a geographical indication (GI) may be qualified in the Register in respect of: 

  1. Any name contained in the GI; or

  2. Any term which may be a possible translation of the GI.

A request for qualification of rights clarifies the boundary between what is protected by the GI registration and what is available for use by third parties in relation to the GI. 

A request for qualification of rights conferred in respect of a registered GI to be entered in the Register should be submitted using Form GI2. A statement of the grounds for the request must also be attached with Form GI2.

Such a request may be submitted at any time after the publication of the GI application in the Geographical Indications Journal but before the registration of the GI. 

Where the qualification of rights is allowed by IPOS, the details shall be published in the Geographical Indications Journal. If there is no notice of opposition received or all opposition proceedings are withdrawn or decided in favour of the requestor, the qualification shall be entered in the Register upon the registration of the GI.

Withdraw Your Geographical Indication Application
To withdraw a geographical indication (GI) application, you may file Form GI12 or submit a written request to IPOS.

After the withdrawal of a GI application, its status will be updated as “Withdrawn”.

Cancel a Geographical Indication Registration
To cancel the Registration of a Geographical Indication (GI):
  • If you are the registrant of the registered GI, Form GI7 should be filed with IPOS.

  • If you are not the registrant of the registered GI, Form GI4 should be filed with IPOS. 

  • A statement of grounds relied upon for the application for cancellation must be attached along with the respective forms.

Other Requests for Geographical Indication Documents

We also provide other Registry services below which you may find useful. 

Request for Certified Copy of Register Entry/Extract

Form GI11 should be filed with IPOS to request for a hardcopy of the required Register entry or extract. 

If you additionally require a wet-ink IPOS seal to be stamped on the document, you can do so via the following options:

  1. Fill up this template for request to certify document(s) and attach it to Form GI11; or 

  2. Make a written request for the “certified true copy” services in the form of a cover letter attached to Form GI11.

Certifying Office Copies, Manuscripts or Printed Matter
If you wish to have a physical stamp and human signature on a document issued to you by IPOS, please submit your request via FormSG, along with a completed copy of this template. Each document will be charged at $12.
Request for File Inspection
If you are the applicant, registrant or agent on record for a geographical indication (GI) application or registration, you may submit a written request for file inspection of the GI application or registration by writing to us at ipos_enquiry@ipos.gov.sg.
Purchase a Copy of the Geographical Indications Journal

Geographical indication applications which are accepted for publication will be published in the Geographical Indications Journal for public inspection. 

Each issue of the Geographical Indications Journal will be available online for 3 months. To obtain copies of past journal issues, you may submit your request via FormSG, along with a completed copy of the GST Form. Each past issue will be charged at $12.