Official Trademark Office in Singapore
- Name of Office: IP Office of Singapore (IPOS).
- Address: 51 Bras Basah Road #01-01 Manulife Centre Singapore 189554
- Phone number: (65) 6339 8616
The Singapore Trademark Office applies the current version of the Nice Classification; you can find acceptable goods and services in this link.
Bonamark's local intellectual property attorneys will prepare and file your trademark for registration in Singapore. Legal basis is the Trademark Act of 1998, last amendment in force since 2 July, 2007.The principles of “common law” apply. In accordance with the trademark law in Singapore, trademark protection is obtained by registration. It can also be acquired by sufficient public recognition.
Singapore is a country-member of WIPO since 1990. In addition, it is a member of the Madrid Protocol since October 31, 2000. With almost 46,000 trademark applications filed each year in this country, residents file about 10.000, and non-residents file more than 35,000 trademarks. You can access additional information regarding IP statistics in Singapore here.
Requirements to Register a Trademark in Singapore
Fill out our simple online form and a Trademark Specialist will contact you within 24 hours in order to guide you through the process.
Multiple-class applications are possible. However, additional fees are payable if an application is to cover more than one class.
The application is filed with the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore.
What qualifies to be registered as a trademark in Singapore?
All distinctive and graphically representable signs capable of distinguishing between goods and services of the proprietor from other traders, such as names, words, acronyms, numbers, letters, colors, devices, combinations or shades of colors, signatures, sounds, labels, tickets, three-dimensional forms, the three-dimensional form of a good or its packaging and any combination of the mentioned signs are registrable as a trademark.
Smell, hologram and movement marks as well are theoretically registrable. (NOTE: Movement marks and hologram and have already been registered in IPOS – smell marks are still theoretically registrable).
The following trademark types are registrable: trademarks, collective marks, service marks and certification marks.
What will be required to file your brand in Singapore?
- Type of the applicant: individual or a company.
- Complete name of the owner.
- Full address of the owner.
- Phone number - to contact you in case if any action is required.
- Mailing address - to forward you the certificate once the trademark is registered.
- List of goods/services.
- Class or classes.
- Trademark itself.
Trademark Registration Procedure in Singapore
In order to complement a multiple-class system, it is possible to divide a trade mark application into two or more applications. A trademark applicant may divide his application into two or more applications so that those classes of goods or services that do not face opposition or objection can proceed to registration first. Division will therefore expedite trade mark registration where appropriate.
Foreign applicants do not need a local agent. An address for service in Singapore is necessary while power of attorney is not necessary.
Note that foreign applicants do not need a domestic registration.
The application process includes a formal examination, an examination of distinctiveness and registrability under the Trademark Act and a search for prior trademarks.
The processing time from first filing to registration or first office action is approximately from six to twelve months.
Before the registration, the trade mark application will be published in the Trade Mark Journal.
A registered trademark in Singapore is valid for 10 years from the date of application and the registration is renewable for the periods of 10 years.
Trademark Application Fees
The official fee for filing a trademark application is SGD 240 for each class using the pre-approved list of goods and services. There are no official fees payable at the publication and registration stages for trademark applications in Singapore.
Our fees (June 2018):
Trademark Search in one class (wordmark or logo): 79 USD
Additional class: 79 USD
Trademark Registration Request in one class (wordmark or logo): 449 USD
Additional class: 399 USD
Our Singapore Trademark Services
We offer the following services in Singapore:
- Trademark Search
- Trademark Registration
- Trademark renewal
- Trademark oppositions
- Defenses in case of oppositions or objections/office actions in Singapore
- Trademark cancellations
- Trademark assignment
- Change of name/Change of Address
If you are interested in any of these services, please do not hesitate to contact us.