trade-marks

TRADE MARKS

A trade mark can help you differentiate your products and services from others. Read on to learn more about registering and managing your trade marks.

Managing Trade Marks

If you have submitted a trade mark application, or already obtained your trade mark registration, learn more on how you can conveniently track and manage your trade mark application or registration.

Monitor Your Application
After submitting a trade mark application to us, find out how you can monitor the application as it proceeds through the examination process.

Monitor Your Singapore Application

1. Subscribe to eAlerts in IP2SG to Monitor Changes to your Trade Mark Application Details [Applicable for Singapore Trade Mark Applications]

The following types of updates are available through the eAlert facility in IP2SG.

  • Amendments and/or corrections 

  • Changes due to assignment, licence or security interest 

  • Changes in IP / Class status 

  • Changes in case statuses of proceedings before the Hearings & Mediation Group 

  • Renewals and renewal reminders

For more details on the eAlert facility and how to subscribe to it, please refer to Circular No. 9/2016.

2. Look Out for Alerts on New Correspondences in your IP2SG / IPOS Go Mobile Inbox

If you have filed trade mark-related forms online via IP2SG

  • New correspondences issued by IPOS regarding your trade mark application / registration will be sent electronically to your IP2SG inbox.  At the same time, an email alert regarding the new correspondences in your IP2SG inbox will be sent to the email address that you have used to register your IP2SG account with us.

  • You can keep track of new correspondences issued by IPOS by: 

  • Adding emails from IP2SG to your safe sender list, and checking your email inbox (including spam/junk mail folders) to avoid missing out on email updates. If your email address is no longer in use, you should log in to your IP2SG account, and update your email address by clicking on the “Manage Profile” button. Otherwise, you will not be able to receive the email alerts timely.
  • Logging in to your IP2SG account regularly to check the latest correspondences issued by IPOS.
  • For IP2SG Business Account users, do ensure that Correspondence Admin access role has been assigned to you to receive correspondences issued by IPOS.

If you have filed trade mark-related forms online via the IPOS Go Mobile App , 

  • New correspondences issued by IPOS regarding your trade mark application / registration will be sent electronically to your Inbox within the IPOS Go Mobile App. 

  • You can look out for alerts on IPOS Go Mobile App regarding new correspondences received in your Inbox within the Mobile App.

  • To reply to the correspondences by IPOS, please log in to your IP2SG account via your laptop or desktop computers. 

3. Update the Details of the Applicant, Proprietor, Representative or Agent for Your Trade Mark Applications

To ensure that the correspondences issued by IPOS is directed to the correct party, you should update the details regarding the applicant, proprietor, representative or agent of the trade mark application or registration when there are changes. Refer here for more information.

Monitor Your International Application

If you have submitted an international application via Form MM2(E) to IPOS, your application will be forwarded to the International Bureau of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) after IPOS certifies that the application is in order. WIPO will send all communications concerning this international application and the resulting international registration to the applicant’s e-mail address indicated in the Form MM2(E) application form. Where a representative is appointed, the communications will instead only be sent to the e-mail address of the representative.

For holders of international applications / international registrations, you can also track the status of your international application or international registration online via the “realtime search” function available on the WIPO Madrid Monitor. More details are also available on WIPO’s website.


Guard Against Unsolicited IP Services

Unsolicited IP services are increasingly being offered to IP rights holders by private companies, and recipients of such unsolicited notices are often requested to pay hefty amounts in exchange for the registration or renewal of their IP on record. Find out more about how you can identify unsolicited notices and guard against such services here.

Renew or Restore Your Trade Mark 

Form TM19 should be submitted for a renewal or restoration of a trade mark registration.

The diagram below illustrates the timeline for the renewal or restoration of a trade mark registered in Singapore. 

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Renewal 

A registered trade mark is protected for a period of 10 years from the date of filing. A Singapore-registered trade mark can be renewed once every 10 years. Each time, it can only be renewed starting from 6 months before the expiry date of the registered trade mark through the filing of Form TM19 with the relevant fee. 

Late Renewal 

If a trade mark registration is not renewed by its expiry date, the mark status will be updated as “Expired (Late Renewal Possible)”. At this stage, late renewal of the trade mark registration is still possible for a period of 6 months starting from the expiry date of the mark through the filing of Form TM19 with the relevant fee. However, please note that the relevant fee for late renewal of a trade mark registration would be higher than a renewal filed within 6 months before the trade mark expiry date.

Restoration 

If no renewal has been made within 6 months after the trade mark expiry date, the mark status will be updated as “Removed (Restoration Possible)”. At this stage, the restoration of the mark is still possible within a final period of 6 months. Form TM19 should be filed for the restoration of a trade mark registration and the relevant fee would be higher than for a late renewal. 

After the renewal or restoration of a trade mark registration, the expiry date of the trade mark will be updated on our Trade Marks Register.


For more information on the trade mark renewal, please refer to the Trade Marks Work Manual Chapter on Renewal.


Possible modes of filing for Form TM19:

General Note(s) on Trade Mark Renewal and Restoration: 

  • Please note that a request for extension of time to renew or restore a trade mark registration is not allowed under Rule 77(6)(e) and (f) of the Trade Marks Rules.

Enforce Your Singapore Trade Mark 

Proper and Continuous Use of Your Trade Mark

As a trade mark owner, it is important for you to use your mark properly and continuously. 

You should reinforce the identity of your trade mark by actively applying it with its associated type of goods and/or services and on mediums such as packaging, websites, marketing materials and trade documents.

You should also be aware that a registered trade mark which is not used consecutively for 5 years may face the risk of being removed from the Register. Any interested party can apply to the Registry to have an inactive registered trade mark removed by showing proof of non-use.

Trade Mark Infringement

If you become aware that another party is using a mark which is identical or similar to your trade mark, and in relation to identical or similar goods and/or services with respect to your trade mark, you should act promptly against the infringing party. 

If an infringing party uses a registered mark continuously for 5 years without being stopped by the trade mark owner, it may be deemed that the owner has consented to such use. Therefore, if an infringement proceeding commences after 5 years of infringing use of the trade mark, the infringing party may defend himself on the basis of lack of action or protest by the trade mark owner. 

For more information on the different routes of handling such a dispute, click here. You may also wish to consider making an appointment to consult our IP Legal Clinic for preliminary advice from a professional lawyer for better decision-making for your case. 

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