Circulars & Practice Directions

Circulars

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2020

22 Dec 2020 PDF icon Circular No. 13/2020 Trade Marks Journal Publication Dates in December 2020
22 Dec 2020 PDF icon Circular No. 12/2020 Revised Trade Marks Work Manual Chapters on Relative Grounds for Refusal of Registration and Names and/or Representations of Famous People, Fictional Characters, Stories and Buildings
1 Oct 2020  PDF icon Circular No. 11/2020 Feedback on the Trade Marks Work Manual Chapters on Relative Grounds forateral List is now known as the TM5 ID Lis Refusal of Registration and Names and/or Representations of Famous People, Fictional Characters, Stories and Buildings 
16 Sep 2020  PDF icon Circular No. 10/2020  Launch of New Artificial Intelligence (AI)-Powered Trademark Image Search 
25 Aug 2020  PDF icon Circular No. 9/2020  Expansion of SG Patent Fast Track Programme on 1 September 2020 
17 Aug 2020  PDF icon Circular No. 8/2020  Public Consultation on Proposed Changes to Simplify and Streamline Intellectual Property Processes and Improve User Experience with Digital Initiatives 
12 Aug 2020  PDF icon Circular No. 7/2020  International Classification of Goods and Services – Nice Classification Eleventh (11th) Edition, Version 2021 
2 Jun 2020  PDF icon Circular No. 6/2020  Introduction of Amendments to Subsidiary Legislation in Response to Covid-19
18 May 2020  PDF icon Circular No. 5/2020  Provision of news
28 Apr 2020
PDF icon Circular No. 4/2020 Trade Marks Journal Publication Dates in May 2020
17 Apr 2020 PDF icon Circular No. 3/2020
COVID-19: Further Information on Excluded Days
9 Apr 2020 PDF icon Circular No. 2/2020
Change in Trade Marks Journal Publication Dates
6 Jan 2020 PDF icon Circular No. 1/2020
Consolidation of Registry’s Circulars regarding Classification Practices on Specific Terms
6 Jan 2020 PDF icon Circular No. 1/2020 Updates to the Registry’s Classification Practices

2019

31 Oct 2019 PDF icon Circular No. 6/2019  New Online Payment Platform on IP2SG 
23 Aug 2019 PDF icon Circular No. 5/2019
International Classification of Goods and Services – Nice
Classification Eleventh (11th) Edition, Version 2020
7 Mar 2019 PDF icon Circular No. 4/2019
Easing of Translation and Transliteration Requirements for Marks Containing Foreign Words or Characters
7 Mar 2019  PDF icon Circular No. 3/2019 Revamped Filing Interface for Form TM4
4 Mar 2019 PDF icon Circular No. 2/2019 Division and Merger of International Registrations Designating Singapore
4 Mar 2019 PDF icon Circular No. 1/2019 Trade Marks (International Registration) (Amendment) Rules 2019

2018

14 Sep 2018 PDF icon Circular No. 4/2018 100% e-Payment with effect from 1 November 2018 
8 Aug 2018 PDF icon Circular No. 3/2018
Decommissioning of Email-Based IP2SG Accounts on 1 September 2018
27 Jul 2018 PDF icon Circular No. 2/2018
International Classification of Goods and Services
Nice Classification – Eleventh (11th) Edition, Version 2019
27 Jul 2018 PDF icon Circular No. 2/2018
Concierge services
3 Apr 2018 PDF icon Circular No. 1/2018
Changes Pertaining to Form CM8 (Application to Register a Transfer of Ownership) with effect from 21 April 2018

2017 

17 Nov 2017 PDF icon Circular No. 10/2017 Training Materials used in “Training Workshop for Trade Marks Application Prosecutors (2017)”
3 Oct 2017 PDF icon Circular No. 9/2017
Training Workshop for Trade Marks Application Prosecutors (2017)
14 Aug 2017 PDF icon Circular No. 8/2017
International Classification of Goods and Services
Nice Classification – Eleventh (11th) Edition, Version 2018
5 Jul 2017 PDF icon Circular No. 7/2017
Unsolicited IP Services – Requests for Payment of Fees
28 Apr 2017 PDF icon Circular No. 6/2017
Download the Latest Approved List of Goods or Services on IP2SG
13 Apr 2017 PDF icon Circular No. 5/2017
New/Revised Chapters of Trade Marks Work Manual on Assignment, Collective Marks, Certification Marks and Series of Marks
17 Mar 2017 PDF icon Circular No. 4/2017
Slides used in Information Sharing Session relating to the Implementation of Goods and Services Tax (“GST”) conducted on 10 March 2017
2 Mar 2017 PDF icon Circular No. 3/2017 Information Sharing Session relating to the Implementation of Goods and Services Tax (“GST”)
24 Feb 2017 PDF icon Circular No. 2/2017 Examination Practice with respect to Shape Marks
24 Feb 2017 PDF icon Circular No. 2/2017 Feedback on the Trade Marks Work Manual Chapters on Assignment, Collective Marks, Certification Marks and Series of Marks
3 Feb 2017 PDF icon Circular No. 1/2017  Revised Fees, Implementation of Goods and Services Tax and Change in Procedure for Amendment and Correction of Patents documents with effect from 1 April 2017

2016

29 Dec 2016 PDF icon Circular No. 10/2016 Training Materials used in “Training Workshops for Trade Marks Application Prosecutors” conducted in November 2016
1 Nov 2016 PDF icon Circular No. 9/2016
Removal of Issuance of Acknowledgement Letters for Electronically Filed Trade Mark Applications and Automation of Formalities Check
1 Nov 2016 PDF icon Circular No. 9/2016  Launch of eAlert Facility in IP2SG
14 Oct 2016
PDF icon Circular No. 8/2016
Training Workshops for Trade Marks Application Prosecutors
14 Oct 2016
PDF icon Circular No. 8/2016
“Electronic machines” in Class 9
14 Oct 2016 PDF icon Circular No. 8/2016
“Data storage”, “Information storage” in Classes 39 or 42
28 Jul 2016 PDF icon Circular No. 7/2016
International Classification of Goods and Services
Nice Classification – Eleventh (11th) Edition, Version 2017
28 Jul 2016 PDF icon Circular No. 7/2016 "Providing a website"
"Kits"
1 Jul 2016 PDF icon Circular No. 6/2016 Training Materials used in “Training Workshops for Trade Marks Application Filers” conducted in June 2016
14 Jun 2016 PDF icon Circular No. 5/2016 Arranging and conducting of exhibitions
14 Jun 2016 PDF icon Circular No. 5/2016  Association services
25 Apr 2016 PDF icon Circular No. 4/2016
Training Workshops for Trade Marks Application Filers
14 Mar 2016 PDF icon Circular No. 3/2016 Updates to the Trade Marks Work Manual - Priority Claims
1 Feb 2016 PDF icon Circular No. 2/2016 Feedback on the Trade Marks Work Manual Chapter on Priority Claims 
4 Jan 2016 PDF icon Circular No. 1/2016 Launch of Form MP1 (“Request to transform an international registration into national application(s)”) Online Filing Platform 

2015

22 Dec 2015 PDF icon Circular No. 11/2015 Protection of Red Cross Emblems
22 Dec 2015
PDF icon Circular No. 11/2015
Formalizing of amendments to specification of goods or services
30 Nov 2015 PDF icon Circular No. 10/2015 Final Published Chapters of Trade Marks Work Manual on International Registrations/Subsequent Designations Designating Singapore, International Applications Where Singapore Is the Office of Origin, Shape Marks and Relative Grounds for Refusal of Registration
30 Nov 2015
PDF icon Circular No. 10/2015
Amendments to the Trade Marks Rules
30 Nov 2015
PDF icon Circular No. 9/2015
International Classification of Goods and Services
Nice Classification – Tenth (10th) Edition, Version 2016
13 Oct 2015 PDF icon Circular No. 8/2015
Request for Reconsideration of Examination Reports
8 Oct 2015 PDF icon Circular No. 7/2015  Feedback on the Trade Marks Work Manual Chapters dealing with International Registrations/Subsequent Designations Designating Singapore, International Applications Where Singapore Is the Office of Origin and Shape Marks
8 Oct 2015 PDF icon Circular No. 7/2015  Boolean Search Enhancements – Introduction of Wild Card Characters and Increased Sensitivity to Spacing
8 Oct 2015 PDF icon Circular No. 7/2015  “Meal replacement”, “dietetic food” and “dietetic beverages” in Class 5, 29, 30, 31, 32 or 33

“Advice, information or consultation services relating to computer or computer hardware” in Class 42
31 Aug 2015 PDF icon Circular No. 6/2015 ASEAN TMclass – Online consultation tool for classification of Goods and Services in ASEAN
31 Aug 2015 PDF icon Circular No. 6/2015 Inclusion of list of goods and services acceptable by IPOS under ASEAN TMclass
31 Aug 2015 PDF icon Circular No. 6/2015
Trilateral List is now known as the TM5 ID List
3 Jul 2015 PDF icon Circular No. 5/2015 Launch of Trade Marks Similar Mark search facility in IP2SG
17 Apr 2015 PDF icon Circular No. 4/2015 Updates to the Trade Marks Work Manual - Slogans and International Classification of Goods and Services (ICGS)
17 Apr 2015 PDF icon Circular No. 4/2015 Tool for verifying list of goods and services
5 Feb 2015 PDF icon Circular No. 3/2015 Feedback on the Trade Marks Work Manual Chapters dealing with International Classification of Goods and Services (ICGS) and Slogans
20 Jan 2015 PDF icon Circular No. 2/2015 Revised Published Chapter of Trade Marks Work Manual on Series of Marks
20 Jan 2015 PDF icon Circular No. 2/2015  New Chapter of Trade Marks Work Manual on Renewal of Trade Mark Registrations
8 Jan 2015 PDF icon Circular No. 1/2015 Issuance of Certificate of Registration under IP2SG system for Trade Marks

For pre-2015 circulars, please click here.


Practice Directions

2020

PDF icon Registries Practice Direction No. 3 of 2020 
Alternative Filing Modes and Service of Documents
PDF icon IP2SG Practice Direction No. 1 of 2020 
Electronic Online System (EOS)
PDF icon Registries Practice Direction No. 2 of 2020  Excluded days 
PDF icon Registries Practice Direction No. 1 of 2020  Excluded days

2019

PDF icon IP2SG Practice Direction No. 2 of 2019 Electronic Online System (EOS)
PDF icon Registries Practice Direction No. 1 of 2019 Excluded days
PDF icon IP2SG Practice Direction No. 1 of 2019 Electronic Online System (EOS)

2018

PDF icon IP2SG Practice Direction No. 1 of 2018 Electronic Online System (EOS)
PDF icon Practice Direction No. 3 of 2018 Day of Interruption to the Electronic Online System, IP2SG
PDF icon Practice Direction No. 2 of 2018 Day of Interruption to the Electronic Online System, IP2SG
PDF icon Practice Direction No. 1 of 2018 Day of Interruption to the Electronic Online System, IP2SG

2017

PDF icon Practice Direction No. 1 of 2017 Approved List of Goods or Services
PDF icon IP2SG Practice Direction No. 1 of 2017 Electronic Online System (EOS)

2015

PDF icon Practice Direction No. 2 of 2015 Excluded days
PDF icon Practice Direction No. 1 of 2015 Excluded days

For pre-2015 practice directions, please click here.





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