Frequently Asked Questions
What does a trademark protect?
A trademark protects words, names, slogans and logos to ensure the exclusive rights (on similar goods or services that would cause confusion) of usage to the owner of the mark.
What is a trademark search?
IPOS (Intellectual Property Office of Singapore) will not register a trademark that is similar to a mark that is already registered. This means that conducting a trademark name search is essential prior to filing and is recommended by most legal representatives. You can hire us to conduct trademark research for you.
When can i use the ® or ™ symbols?
You may use the ™ symbol next to your trademark right away. You may use the ® next to your trademark only after your trademark has gone through the entire trademark registration process (approx. 6-9 months) and a Registration Certificate is issued.
How long does it take to get a trademark certificate?
6-9 months for smooth registration (without office actions, objections or oppositions).
Is there anything else I have to do to get my trademark filed?
Yes. Once we have completed all necessary steps (review and format the list of goods, statutory declaration & applicant details), we will email you the application’s confirmation sheet for you to review, if everything looks good you must sign the application’s confirmation sheet, then we will submit the application to Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS)
Is Singapore citizenship required to obtain a trademark?
No. An applicant’s citizenship must be included in the record, but it need not be Singapore citizenship.
Is Singapore Registration valid outside Singapore?
No. Each country’s laws about registration should be consulted.
How long does trademark registration last?
Singapore trademarks can last forever like how a diamond is forever, as long as the trademark is being used in commerce and is renewed every 10 years.
Can trademarks be transferred or sold?
Yes. A registered mark can be transferred or sold. There is a fee from Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS).