Innovation can be a catalyst for growth and success of your business, and help you to adapt and grow in the market place. Intellectual property (IP) has a vital role in spurring innovation and in giving your business the tools to help drive success.
Learn more about the important role of IP in innovation.
Intellectual property is vital to your business process. Knowing how to protect your idea can save you a lot of time and money. Whether you are a small start-up or an MNC, taking steps to protect your idea and intellectual property should be a priority within your business.
Once you have protected your IP, you can start to exploit it commercially to help you grow your business and gain a competitive edge over others. Discover the value of your business’ technology, brand and content and learn how we can be a partner to its growth and global expansion.
Improve your business competitiveness by capitalising IP management as a strategic tool.
Leverage the various funding and schemes designed to assist you to exploit your IP and innovation.
Before you apply for a design, here are some factors to consider:
Did you engage any professional assistance to prepare the submission of your design application?
While engaging professional services to file your design application is not a requirement, you may benefit by enlisting help from the professionals to advise on your scope of rights before filing.
Did you properly represent your design in the application?
It is important that images you submit in your application properly and accurately represent your design, to achieve faster and greater success in your application.
Refer to the “Guide on Acceptable and Unacceptable Images” for example.
Did you search for existing designs that could be similar to your design?
Before applying for a design, you should conduct a search. The search will show whether there are any similar designs in the market which may affect your design application outcome. By conducting a search, you can also avoid infringing other designs that have been filed or registered.
Searches can be conducted using online design databases such as IP2SG or by an IP professional.
When should you register your design?
Register your design at the earliest opportunity.
In Singapore, the first person to file an application generally has priority over others for the same design.
There is also a priority application procedure for applicants who have filed an earlier application for the same design in a country which is either a member of the Paris Convention or World Trade Organisation (other than Singapore). The Singapore application must be filed within six months from the date of the first filing.