Trademark for Newbies                             Basic Understanding of Trademark (Singapore)Copyright © LJ Vernus Pte Lt...
Overview                 Introduction of Trademark                 Trademark Registration & Requirement                 Us...
Introduction            Definition of Trademark            Section 2(1) of Trade Marks Act (TMA)            “… any sign ca...
Different Types of Trademarks            The definition of a trademark is wide and may include:            Traditional Mar...
Examples of non-conventional                       trademarks                  The above marks remain properties of their ...
…so, what qualifies as a                     Trademark under the TMA?            Sections 7 and 8 of TMA            The fo...
Continue…             Marks consisting exclusively of signs which may              serve to designate the kind, quality, ...
Avoiding the Pitfalls            Conducting Trademark Search                 A pre-file search helps to locate prior marks...
Ready to File!            Singapore Trademark Process & Timeframe –            1. Application Filing (1 – 2 days)         ...
Requirements : Checklist             Applicant’s name & address             Sample of mark in electronic format         ...
Publication and Registration            Upon registry’s acceptance, the mark shall be            published at the Singapor...
Term of Registration            Recordal of Renewal            A registered trademark in Singapore is valid for 10        ...
Proper use of your Trademark             Give notice that your mark is registered ®             Use mark as originally f...
Talk to us to find out more!            Our initial consultation is always free.            LJ Vernus Trademark Agent     ...
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Basic understanding of the trademark framework in Singapore, including information on trademark registration, requirements, process and proper use of registered trademark.

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Trademark for Newbies

  1. 1. Trademark for Newbies Basic Understanding of Trademark (Singapore)Copyright © LJ Vernus Pte Ltd 2013 | All rights reserved. 1
  2. 2. Overview Introduction of Trademark Trademark Registration & Requirement Use & Maintenance of TrademarkCopyright © LJ Vernus Pte Ltd 2013 | All rights reserved. 2
  3. 3. Introduction Definition of Trademark Section 2(1) of Trade Marks Act (TMA) “… any sign capable of being represented graphically and which is capable of distinguishing goods and services dealt with or provided in the course of trade…”Copyright © LJ Vernus Pte Ltd 2013 | All rights reserved. 3
  4. 4. Different Types of Trademarks The definition of a trademark is wide and may include: Traditional Marks - Letters, numerals, words, logo, signs, slogan, or combination of these. Non-conventional Marks – 3-D, Movement, Scent, Colour, Sound, HologramCopyright © LJ Vernus Pte Ltd 2013 | All rights reserved. 4
  5. 5. Examples of non-conventional trademarks The above marks remain properties of their respective owners.Copyright © LJ Vernus Pte Ltd 2013 | All rights reserved. 5
  6. 6. …so, what qualifies as a Trademark under the TMA? Sections 7 and 8 of TMA The following are not registrable -  Marks identical / similar to an earlier mark  Marks devoid of any distinctive characterCopyright © LJ Vernus Pte Ltd 2013 | All rights reserved. 6
  7. 7. Continue…  Marks consisting exclusively of signs which may serve to designate the kind, quality, quantity, intended purpose, value, geographical origin, time of production or rendering of goods/service  Marks consisting exclusively of signs which have become customary in language or tradeCopyright © LJ Vernus Pte Ltd 2013 | All rights reserved. 7
  8. 8. Avoiding the Pitfalls Conducting Trademark Search A pre-file search helps to locate prior marks which bear elements identical or similar to your mark. The search provides applicants opportunity to revise their marks prior to filing, with a view to minimize objections.Copyright © LJ Vernus Pte Ltd 2013 | All rights reserved. 8
  9. 9. Ready to File! Singapore Trademark Process & Timeframe – 1. Application Filing (1 – 2 days) 2. Examination / Acceptance (up to 4 months) 3. Publication & Registration (up to 2 – 3 months)Copyright © LJ Vernus Pte Ltd 2013 | All rights reserved. 9
  10. 10. Requirements : Checklist  Applicant’s name & address  Sample of mark in electronic format  Classifications & Specifications  Certified Translation / Transliteration, if applicableCopyright © LJ Vernus Pte Ltd 2013 | All rights reserved. 10
  11. 11. Publication and Registration Upon registry’s acceptance, the mark shall be published at the Singapore Trade Marks Journals. Any third party may oppose an application within two months (extendable up to maximum four months) from the date of publication. If no opposition arise, your mark shall advance to registration.Copyright © LJ Vernus Pte Ltd 2013 | All rights reserved. 11
  12. 12. Term of Registration Recordal of Renewal A registered trademark in Singapore is valid for 10 years from the date of registration, renewable every 10 years upon payment of renewal fees.Copyright © LJ Vernus Pte Ltd 2013 | All rights reserved. 12
  13. 13. Proper use of your Trademark  Give notice that your mark is registered ®  Use mark as originally filed  Use mark as adjectives – not as nouns / verbs  Append your mark to your goods/services  License with care  Police your markCopyright © LJ Vernus Pte Ltd 2013 | All rights reserved. 13
  14. 14. Talk to us to find out more! Our initial consultation is always free. LJ Vernus Trademark Agent 12 Aljunied Road #06-01B/C KH Plaza Singapore 389801 Tel: +65 6744 0094 E-mail: info@ljvernus.comCopyright © LJ Vernus Pte Ltd 2013 | All rights reserved. 14
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