Business Trademark Registration in Singapore
So you have set up a company in Singapore, or are seriously considering to. In order to make a unique mark in the industry and to protect the brand of your company, you need to register a trademark. Although it is not necessary, it certainly gives a boost to adding value to your business. A registered business trademark is denoted with the sign ® and ensures the safety of your intellectual property.
Here is what you need to learn about the trademark registration in Singapore.
Considerations to Keep In Mind before Applying for Trademark Registration
There are 45 classes of trademarks. The classes from 1 to 34 are set for goods and the classes from 35 to 45 are appointed for services. You need to mention the exact class and specification of the trademark in the registration process. You can find the Nice Classification in Classification of Goods and Services.
It is important that your trademark does not match any other registered trademark. To check this, you can do a Similar Mark Search that will ensure that your trademark is unique and free from any copyright issues.
Requirements for Trademark Registration
These are the requirements to register a trademark for your company:
- A statement of request for trademark registration.
- Owner’s credentials (name and address).
- A clear illustration of your proposed trademark.
- A description of the services and/or goods that you will be providing under that trademark.
- A statement declaring the use of the trademark.
- Registration fees.
The Process of Trademark Registration
In Singapore, you are allowed to file for a number of classes of goods and/or services under the same application as per your company’s needs. The process of registering a trademark in Singapore is flexible and you can submit all the required documents on the same day without waiting for any kind of approval for days before the registration.
You also have the choice of designating Singapore through the Madrid Protocol, which is an international system of registering trademarks administered by the International Bureau of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).
Submission of Application
Your application can be submitted in either of the following ways:
- Apply through the iPOS online facility and make your payment online, or
- Download forms and submit your application manually.
For Manual Submission
You can fill and submit your downloaded forms to:
Registrar of Trade Marks, Registry of Trade Marks
Intellectual Property Office of Singapore
51 Bras Basah Road
#01-01 Manulife Centre
The operating hours for the registry and the cashier are as follows:
Registry’s operating hours
Monday to Friday: 8:30am to 5:30pm
Saturday, Sunday and Public Holiday: CLOSED
Cashier’s operating hours
Monday to Friday: 8:30am to 5:00pm
Customer Enquiry Hotline
For any queries, you can contact the registry through:
Phone: (65) 6339 8616
Fax: (65) 6339 0252
Online: Intellectual Property Office of Singapore Enquiry Form
The payment of the registration fees can be made through a crossed check, cash card, NETS, GIO, money order or bank draft made out to Intellectual Property Office of Singapore. The payment should be in Singapore dollars.