Singapore has modernized its intellectual property legislation in 1998 when the new Trademark Act was enabled. The new law meets all the requirements of the Paris Convention for the Protection of Intellectual Property. This is not the only international agreement on intellectual property rights Singapore has signed as the city-state wants to provide the best conditions for companies wanting to register trademarks here.
The Singapore Trademark Act allows both local and foreign companies operating here to register trademarks. However, the provisions of the Trademark Law only applies in Singapore. Companies wanting to use their rights in other countries are required to apply for trademark registration in those respective countries. The petition can be submitted remotely through the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS).
The main steps for registering a trademark in Singapore can also be watched in the video below:
The trademark is a graphical sign designed to represent a company’s activities or services. The trademark must be unique. Before starting the trademark registration procedure, the applicant is advised to verify if the desired sign has not been used by another person or company. The applicant must also check the class the trademark will be registered under. IPOS has 45 classes of goods and services. Our specialists in company registration in Singapore can provide you with more information about the classification of trademarks.
The trademark application procedure is quite simple and direct in Singapore and can be completed online. An applicant is allowed to register several classes of trademarks. Once all the requirements are fulfilled, the Registry or Trade Marks within the IPOS will verify the trademark and decide on its registration. The applicant will be notified within six months if their trademark was accepted for registration.
Singapore companies or residents wanting to register a trademark with the IPOS must submit the following documents:
If you need assistance with the preparation of the documents needed for trademark registration, do not hesitate to contact our Singapore agents for help.