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How to Register Trademark?

Before you apply

  • Please conduct a Similar Mark search to ensure that there are no existing marks on the Register that are similar to yours.If there exists a similar mark (used on similar goods or services), we would raise an objection to your application.
  • You would need to determine the goods and services in respect of your trade mark application. In accordance with the NICE Classification, goods and services are divided into 45 classes (Class 1-34 being Classes of Goods, and Class 35-45 being Classes of Services). The class headings of the Nice Classification give general information about the types of goods and services which belong to each class. A specification indicating the class heading does not amount to a claim for all the goods or services in that class. For the registration of your trade mark, you are required to state the exact class number and appropriate specification according to the Nice Classification.

When to register

  • There is no time limit for registering your trade mark – you might have been using your logo in conjunction with the ™ symbol for some time (or even without the symbol). However, it should be noted that a suit for infringement of a registered trade mark is only possible if the trade mark is registered. Registration takes effect from the date you file your trade mark application.
  • In Singapore, there is a priority claim procedure in place for applicants who have filed an earlier claim for the same mark in another Paris Convention country .The Singapore application must be filed within six months from the date of the first filing.
  • Before filing your application, we advise that you conduct a thorough search of existing trade marks in the records maintained by the Registry of Trade Marks. It is important to ensure that there is no prior trade mark that is similar or identical to the one you intend to use.

The Application procedure

The registration application process in India is straightforward and you are permitted to file for several classes of goods and/or services within the same application. You may also designate Singapore through the Madrid Protocol (an international registration system of marks administered by the International Bureau of the World Intellectual Property Organization) to which Singapore is a member country.

In order to obtain an official filing date, you will need to ensure that the following requirements are met:

  • A statement that you request a registration.
  • Your name and address.
  • A clear graphical representation of your mark. For marks comprising of a three-dimensional shape of the goods or packaging, line drawings should clearly show all dimensions of the mark.
  • A list of goods and services that you are registering in relation to the mark (that are classified in accordance with the International Classification of Goods and Services).
  • A declaration of your proposed use of the trade mark.
  • Fees are paid.

Your application can be submitted as follows:

  • Apply and pay the appropriate fee via the IPOS online facility here.
  • Download your forms here and send or take your completed application to: Payment can be made by NETS, cashcard, GIRO, cheque (crossed), money order and bank draft (in Singapore dollars) made out to Intellectual Property Office of Singapore. For submission by mail, the application form must be completed and duly signed together with all the required documents and a cheque, money order, bank draft or request for GIRO payment.

The Application procedure

Your application will normally be examined in about four months from the filing date. You will be informed in writing if your application is in order for acceptance and publication, or if there are objections affecting your application.

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