Potentially Misleading Business Names of Non-official Entities
(Circular No. 6/2021, dated 10 September 2021)
We have noticed that there are non-official entities operating under business names which appear to closely resemble the names of national or regional intellectual property (IP) offices, government agencies or official international organisations. These business names often include official-sounding terms such as “Office”, “Bureau”, “Agency” or “Organisation” with the name of a country or geographical region such as “World”, “European” or “Singapore”.
1. mislead the public into thinking that such entities are the national or regional IP offices, government agencies or official international organisations; or
2. give the false impression that they are endorsed by or affiliated to one.
You may come across such entities through unsolicited mails or e-mails (refer here for more information on unsolicited IP services), web advertisements or internet searches.
To verify if an entity is a national or regional IP office, you are advised to carefully check the name, web domain and contact information of the entity against the directory of intellectual property offices maintained by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) at https://www.wipo.int/directory/en/urls.jsp.
As Singapore’s national IP office, IPOS’ official website is at https://www.ipos.gov.sg, our IP2SG e-services portal is at https://ip2sg.ipos.gov.sg and our officers1 have email addresses ending with “@ipos.gov.sg”.
We advise the public to continue to exercise caution in the prosecution of your IP matters. Any queries on whether an entity is endorsed or affiliated to IPOS can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org, while queries relating to other official entities may be directed to the relevant parties.
1 Please note that officers at our subsidiary, IPOS International, have email addresses ending with “@iposinternational.com”.
Introduction of Amendments to the Trade Marks Subsidiary Legislation and Electronic Filing and Service of Documents
(Circular No. 5/2021, dated 10 September 2021)
Legislative amendments have been made to our IP legislation to enhance various dispute resolution processes and streamline operational processes. The amendments will take effect on 1 October 2021.
Click here to read about the amendments.
International Classification of Goods and Services
Nice Classification – 11th Edition, Version 2022
(Circular No. 4/2021, dated 6 August 2021)
Following the decision of the Committee of Experts of the Nice Union during its 31st session, the entry into force of the 12th Edition of the Nice Classification, originally scheduled on 1 January 2022, will be deferred by a year. Instead of a new edition, a new version of the Nice Classification will enter into force in 2022.
1. Entry into force of the Nice Classification, 11th Edition, Version 2022
The 11th Edition, Version 2022 of the Nice Classification (hereinafter abbreviated as "NCL (11-2022)") will enter into force on 1 January 2022.
An advance electronic publication of NCL (11-2022) is now available on WIPO’s Nice Classification Electronic Publication (NCLPUB). Changes made to the current 11th Edition, Version 2021 of the Nice Classification (hereinafter abbreviated as "NCL (11-2021)") can be viewed using the “Modifications” function in NCLPUB, including the changes made to the Class Headings of Class 30 and Class 32.
2. Application of the NCL (11-2022)
The current NCL (11-2021) shall continue to apply to all applications filed from 1 January 2021 to 31 December 2021. Thereafter, applications filed on or after 1 January 2022 will be classified in accordance with NCL (11-2022).
For the avoidance of doubt, there will be no reclassification of goods and services for applications filed before 1 January 2022.
3. Online classification tools
Upon the entry into force of NCL (11-2022), the “Keyword search” function in the electronic Form TM4 and the “Trade Marks Classification of Goods or Services” database on the IP2SG portal will be duly updated.
Change in Trade Marks Journal Publication Dates
(Circular No. 3/2021, dated 6 August 2021)
Please note that there will be no publication of the Trade Marks Journal in the week of 2 August 2021.
In the week of 9 August 2021, there will be two Trade Marks Journals that will be published, one on 10 August 2021 (Tuesday) and the other on 13 August 2021 (Friday).
From the week of 16 August 2021 onwards, Trade Marks Journal publication will resume to be published on a Friday.
Public Consultation on Intellectual Property (Amendment) Bill 2021
(Circular No. 2/2021, dated 15 July 2021)
IPOS is introducing changes to our IP legislation to improve processes, provide clarity on IP provisions and enhance our digital offerings to support businesses. Visit go.gov.sg/IPAB2021 to provide your views.
Click here to read about the Proposed Amendments.
New IP2SG Website Address
(Circular No. 1/2021, dated 01 February 2021)
As part of the Whole-of-Government initiative to ensure data security, IPOS’ e-services portal (IP2SG) has been moved here.
Launch of IP2SG Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) for Trademark Application, Renewal and Management
(Circular No. 1/2021, dated 01 February 2021)
As part of IPOS’ continual effort to improve our customer experience through the adoption of technology, IPOS has launched a set of APIs on 01 February 2021 that will allow third parties to integrate key features from IP2SG into their own software solutions.
The functionalities of the APIs include:
a. Filing an application for trademark registration
b. Filing a renewal for a trademark registration
c. Retrieving the latest list of goods and services for trademark application purposes
d. Retrieving correspondences in your inbox
e. Searching for the IP details using the trademark number
Accessing the APIs
To access the APIs, a CorpPass IP2SG account with administrative rights and GIRO payment enabled is required. Customers can request access to the APIs via this link.
If you have any enquiry or feedback on the APIs, please contact us at: email@example.com