Trademark Registration Trademarks are distinctive signs, used to differentiate between identical or similar goods and services offered by different producers or services providers. Trademarks are a type of industrial property, protected by intellectual property rights. [Source – Website of WIPO] WIPO – The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is a specialised agency whose main activity is to create a balanced and accessible international property system. WIPO disperses the trademark rights to different countries through the various national bodies situated throughout the world.
Trademark Registration Process in Singapore Who can register a trademark in Singapore? The trademark registration agency in Singapore is known by the name of IPOS – Intellectual Property Office of Singapore. Any natural or legal person domiciled (having a mailing address in Singapore) can initiate the process of trademark registration with IPOS.
Trademark Registration Process in Singapore • Generic Trademark Process Review Time lines • Trademark Search - We search the database with IPOS (the registering agency) to understand whether a similar trademark has already been 2 – 3 weeks registered. Based on our finding we advice you to change the trademark else that we will proceed to apply giving justifications why Stage 1 your trademark is different from an already existing one. • Filing Process - This is the stage of process where we do the actual 4 – 6 months documentation and submit the same to IPOS. Simultaeneuos application with other contracting countries within the Madrid System Stage 2 is done • Publication - IPOS approves the trademark in Singapore and publishes 5 – 7 working the same for a 10 year period. Issue of trademark certificate in the days name of the client Stage 3
Trademarks from Singapore to Other Nations Singapore is one of the contracting nations that is a part of the Madrid System along with 85 other nations around the world including major countries like US, the EU host of nations and neighbors like Australia, China, India and all other major nations across the world. Applying for trademarks from Singapore to any of these other nations is a straight forward process. The best part is that at the time of applying for the Singapore registration process, it is possible to apply in any of the 85 nations that is a part of the Madrid System. Each of the individual countries then would take anywhere between 1-2 months’ time to register the trademark after the Singapore registration has been completed. So you can make an application simultaneously at the time of applying for trademarks in Singapore and once the same is approved the application process in any of the other provided nations is simplified.
Registering in EU Before the year 1996, the registration for trademarks in the European Union had to be done individually and separately for each of these nations. This was done through the Office for Hamonisation in the Internal Market- popularly known as OHIM. However post 1996, OHIM introduced the CTM (Community trade mark) system whereby a single application for the EU can register your trademark pan EU – yes, in all 27 countries of the EU. To date, OHIM has registered around 750.000 trade marks on behalf of hundreds of thousands of companies from all over the world, and this total is increasing rapidly every year. [Source – OHIM Website]
Question and Answers 1.Which organization deals with trademarks registration in Singapore? The only organization that can disburse registration of trademarks in Singapore is the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore or IPOS. 2. Once I register my trademark, how long is it active? Once a trademark is registered it is valid for the next 10 year in Singapore. Post this period the trademark has to be renewed. 3. What do you mean by classes in trademarks? Classes are description of the broad sector your particular trademark falls into. You can select as many classes as you want under which you need protection for your trademark – of course the costs of registration increase with every addition of classes that you do. Generally the class description is quite broad and on an average getting your trademark registered under 2-3 broad descriptions suitable to your business activity and the activity pertaining to the trademark should cover your specific needs.
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