Before you apply to register a trade mark, please ensure that it is eligible for registration.

Does your trade mark meet the registration criteria?

To register your trade mark, it must:

  • be capable of being represented graphically
  • be capable of distinguishing your goods or services from others
  • be distinctive
  • not be descriptive of the goods or services, or customary in current language or established practices of the trade
  • not be confusingly similar to an existing trade mark on the register

When applying to register a trade mark in Singapore, use this pre-filing checklist:

It may take about 9 months for a trade mark to be registered.

The steps below outline the process of filing an application to register a trade mark.

Step 1: Application

Your trade mark application must include:
  1. The name and address of the applicant
  2. A clear graphical representation of your trade mark
  3. A list of goods and/or services in relation to which you wish to register your trade mark
  4. A declaration of your use of or intention to use the mark
  5. Application fee of:
If these requirements are complied with: If these requirements are not complied with:
Your application will proceed to the Examination stage. 

You will be notified by the Registrar to provide the necessary information or to amend the application within a stipulated deadline. If you fail to do so, your application will be deemed never to have been made.

Step 2: Examination

At this stage, your trade mark will be examined to check if the mark is registrable.

Should there be any amendment to the application as directed by the examiner, you are required to submit the following to effect it:

  • Amendments form: Form TM27
  • Amendment fee: S$40 per class (for specification amendments) or S$40 per trade mark (for other amendments)
  • Additional service bureau charges apply for manual filing
If your trade mark application is acceptable for registration: If your trade mark application is objecionable:
Your trade mark will be published in the Trade Marks Journal.

You will receive an examination report stating the grounds for refusal and will be required to provide the necessary information or to amend the application within 4 months. Your application will be treated as withdrawn if you do not respond within the deadline.

Step 3: Publication

If your trade mark is acceptable for registration, it will be published in the Trade Marks Journal for public inspection for 2 months.

If your trade mark application is not opposed by any party: If your trade mark application is opposed by another party:
Your application will proceed with the issuance of the registration certificate.

You will receive an opposition notice. The application process will be suspended pending the outcome of the opposition proceeding.

Step 4: Issuance of registration certificate

If your trade mark application is not opposed or if the outcome of the opposition proceeding is in your favour, you will receive a Registration Certificate from IPOS. Your trade mark is granted protection for 10 years.

When applying to register a trade mark outside Singapore, use this pre-filing checklist:

The steps below outline the process following the filing of an application through IPOS to register a trade mark outside of Singapore.

Step 1: Application

You may apply to register your trade mark outside Singapore by filing directly with the IP offices of the respective countries, or file a single international application via the Madrid Protocol.

If you wish to file an international application from Singapore, your application must be made via Form MM2(E) and include:

  1. Administrative fee to IPOS: S$250
  2. WIPO fees (in Swiss francs), which are dependent on:
    • whether the mark applied for is in black and white or in colour
    • the contracting party/parties designated
    • the number of classes of goods and/or services applied for

Step 2: Formalities examination

Your international application will be reviewed by IPOS to verify that it is complete with all the necessary documents and that requirements are complied with.

If the requirements are complied with: If the requirements are not complied with:
IPOS will submit your international application to the International Bureau of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).  

You will receive a letter from IPOS requesting that you provide what is lacking or make necessary amendments within a stipulated deadline.

Step 3: Publication

When your international application is in order, it will be certified by IPOS and sent to the International Bureau (IB) to be further examined.

If the international application conforms to IB's requirements
If the international application does not conform to IB's requirements:
Your trade mark will be recorded in the International Register and published in the WIPO Gazette. You will also receive an International Registration Number (IR No.).

You will be notified by IB to address the irregularities within a stipulated deadline in order to proceed. Failure to do so will deem your application as abandoned.

Step 4: Examination by designated countries

The International Bureau will send your international registration to the IP offices of the designated countries, where it will undergo substantive trade mark examination.

If the international registration conforms to the designated country’s requirements and does not face any opposition in the designated country: If the international registration does not conform to the designated country’s requirements:
Your trade mark will be granted protection in the designated country.

You will receive a provisional refusal stating the grounds for refusal with a stipulated deadline for response or amendments.

If you are filing from another country and wish to enter Singapore markets, you may designate Singapore in an international registration or a subsequent designation, via the Madrid Protocol.

It may take about 9 months for a trade mark registration to be granted from the date we receive the notification from the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).

The steps below outline the process following the designation of Singapore in an international registration or a subsequent designation.

Step 1: Examination

Upon receiving the details of the International Registration and/or Subsequent Designation designating Singapore from the International Bureau (IB) of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), IPOS will examine the application.

If your trade mark application is objectionable:

You will receive a Provisional Refusal of Protection stating the grounds for refusal. You are required to respond to the refusal within 4 months. Your application will be treated as withdrawn if you fail to respond within the stipulated deadline.

Step 2: Publication

If your trade mark application is acceptable for registration, it will be published in the Trade Marks Journal for public inspection for 2 months.

Step 3: Grant

If there is no opposition to your trade mark application or if the outcome of the opposition proceeding is in your favour, IPOS will issue a Statement of Grant of Protection.