Singapore Trademark Registration
STEPS TO REGISTER TRADEMARK
The application is filed with the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore. Foreign applicants do not need a local agent. However, an address for service in Singapore is necessary.
An applicant who is seeking a multiple-class system may divide the trademark application into two or more applications. The division is done so that those classes of goods or services do not face any opposition or objection and can proceed to registration.
The processing time from first filing to registration or first office action is approximately 6 to 12 months.
If the examiner finds no reason for refusal, the trademark application shall proceed to its publication at the Trade Mark Journal for opposition purposes. If there is no opposition form any third parties, the trademark application will proceed to its registration. The applicant is then issued a certificate of registration.
Period to Oppose
Third parties affected by the trademark application can file an opposition within 2 months from the publication date.
Additionally, the total extension of time for which the registrar may allow to file the notice of opposition can not exceed 4 months from the date of the publication.
A trademark registration is valid for 10 years from date of application. The registration is renewable for periods of 10 years indefinitely.
If the registrant fails to file the renewal on the due date, they have a period of 6 months after expiration.
Requirement of Use
It is important to know that if the trademark has not been used within 5 years from issuance of the registration certificate or if it has not been used for any continuous 5-year period, it may be subject to revocation.
The owner may show subsequent use of the trademark in order to restore protection.
However, third parties can request a revocation of the trademark due to non-use.
USD$410 Registration per class