Before you apply for a design, use this checklist to check if your design is eligible for registration:

Is your design registrable?

Your design is registrable if it satisfies this key criteria:

  • New - The registered design must not have been registered in Singapore or elsewhere before, or published anywhere in the world before the date of application of the first filing.

Did you check whether there are existing designs similar to yours?

Before you register your design, it is a good idea to run a search on existing designs to see if it already exists. You can also avoid scenarios where there might be possible infringement of other registered designs.  You can conduct the search on IP2SG. You may also check the databases of other countries, generally found on the respective national IP offices’ websites.

When applying for a design in Singapore, use this pre-filing checklist:

The flowchart below outlines the steps of filing of an application for a registered design

Step 1: Application

New registration

Your application must include:

  1. Application form
  2. Application fee: S$250/-

Request for Deferment of Publication (Optional)

Your application must include:

  1. An indication on application form
  2. Application fee: S$40/-

You can file up to 50 designs within a single application if the designs relate to the same class or all of the same classes as classified in accordance with the Practice Direction No 1 of 2017.

You can also file a Graphical User Interface (GUI) as a design. For more information on how to register a GUI, click here.

Step 2: Minimum filing requirements check

The application for a registered design must contain:

  1. Application form
  2. Application fee: $250/-
  3. Name and address of the applicant
  4. At least one clear representation of the design

Upon successful submission of the above, you will receive an online acknowledgement and application number(s). For multiple designs filed within a single application, you will receive an application number for each design in the application. If you applied online via IP2SG, the application number will be provided upon successful payment.


Step 3: Formalities examination

Your application will undergo a formalities examination to ensure the following information is in order:

  1. Statement of Novelty
  2. Classification & article/ non-physical product name
  3. Representation or Image of the design is suitable for reproduction 
If formal requirements are in order:
If these requirements are not complied with:
Your application will proceed to the Registration and Issuance of certificate stage You will be notified by the Registrar to provide what is lacking, or amend the application if necessary, within 3 months from the date of notification. Failure to do so will result in your application being treated as withdrawn.

Step 4: Registration and issuance of certificate

Once your design is registered, a Certificate of Registration is issued and your design will be protected for 5 years from the date of filing of the application.

After the initial 5-year protection, you may choose to extend the protection for the design for an additional 5 years. The maximum term of a design is 15 years.

Step 5: Publication

Once registered, the full details of your design are published in the Designs Journal and the register at IP2SG. Once published, the designs are available for public inspection. If you have requested to defer the publication of the design, it will not be published until the end of 18 months from the date of filing of the application.

Protection for designs is territorial in nature. You will need to file individually in each country you wish to obtain design protection in.

You may do so by

  1. Filing individual applications with the IP offices of each countries
    • Law and procedures varies in each country
    • Filing fees varies in each country
    • Translation required if IP office does not use English as their official language
  2. Filing an international application under the Hague System
    • Only one application required
    • Only one filing fee required
    • Filing can be done in one language

To be eligible for filing an international application under the Hague system directly with IPOS, each applicant must satisfy at least one of the following entitlement criteria:-

Related information:

Hague System Design Forms & Fees Design Circulars & Practice Directions Design Resources Unsolicited IP Services