Trademark in Singapore. What are trademarks in Singapore. How to register trademark application in Singapore.

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What is trademark in Singapore?

According to Singapore law, “trade mark” means any sign capable of being represented graphically and which is capable of distinguishing goods or services dealt with or provided in the course of trade by a person from goods or services so dealt with or provided by any other person

The above signs could be letter, word, name, signature, numeral, device, brand, heading, label, ticket, shape, color, aspect of packaging or any combination thereof.

 “TRADE MARK” and  “SIGN” definitions in Singapore

The definition of “trade mark” is a closed and exhaustive definition in that a “sign” must satisfy certain requisite conditions before it will qualify as a trade mark. The requisite conditions are:

(i) the sign must be capable of being represented graphically; and

(ii) the sign must be capable of distinguishing the goods or services dealt with or provided in the course of trade by a person from those provided by another person.

The definition of “sign” is an open or inclusive definition, in that the definition merely lists some examples of what may constitute a sign. Based on the above, no type of sign is automatically excluded from registration unless it is clear that the sign does not constitute a trade mark based on the definition of a trade mark.

How to register trademark in Singapore?

Step 1: Search and Enquiry

Step 2: Filing the application to IPOS (Intellectual Property Office of Singapore).

Step 3: Formalities examination.

Step 4: Examination of trademark application.

Step 5: Publication. 

Step 6: Opposition.

Step 7: Registration.

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