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How much will it cost in total to apply for a trade mark registration?
Official Fees for filing Form TM4
For online filing:
(i) Application with class(es) whose specification items are fully adopted from pre-approved database: S$240.00 x number of classes
(ii) Application with class(es) whose specification items are not fully adopted from pre-approved database: S$341.00 x number of classes
For manual (hardcopy) filing: S$374.00 x number of classes
Additional cost may be incurred if you wish to seek professional advice from a trade mark agent/lawyer.
If you need to make amendment(s) to the application as directed by the examiner, you may be required to submit the
at a fee of S$40.00 per class.
How do I apply for the registration of a trade mark?
You may file the application
together with the prescribed fee. Applicants are required to provide an address for service in Singapore on the form.
With effect from 2 July 2007, you have the option to file (I) multi-class applications or (II) separate applications in different classes for the same mark. For (I), it will bring administrative convenience to you since there is only one trade mark number issued. With consolidated examination reports issued by IPOS, there is only one deadline for you to take note. The trade mark is also maintained as one upon registration. However, if an objection is raised in the examination process, the entire application will be held back. Likewise, if the applicant does not respond within the stipulated deadline, the entire application will also be treated as withdrawn.
Is my trade mark registrable?
Your trade mark is a marketing tool and your trade mark must distinguish your goods or services from others in the relevant industry. You should avoid applying for trade marks that (i) denote the kind, quality, quantity, intended purpose, value, the time of production of goods or of rendering of services (ii) consist of common surnames or geographical names, (iii) conflict with an earlier trade mark (you are advised to conduct a similar mark search via
(select "Trade Marks Similar Mark", or (iv) mislead the public about the nature of the goods or services.
In the event that objections are raised against your application in relation to the above, you may overcome the objections by furnishing substantial evidence of use. For more information on providing evidence of use, please refer to FAQ Question 15 under Application in Singapore "I have been asked by the Registrar to provide evidence of use of my trade mark by way of statutory declaration. What is a statutory declaration and how should the evidence be presented?"
You may refer to our
for a more comprehensive understanding of marks that are not registrable.
How would I know which class to file my application in?
Singapore uses the Nice Classification as prescribed by the Nice Agreement to classify goods and services for trade mark applications. There are 45 classes of goods and services, and the Nice Classification assigns goods to Classes 1 to 34, and services to Classes 35 to 45. You may refer to the
for general information about the types of goods and services belonging to each class. You may also wish to conduct a classification search on the goods and services that you intend to use in respect of your trade mark using
IPOS' Classification Search
For the registration of your trade mark, you are required to specify the class number and the appropriate specification according to the Nice Classification. You are strongly encouraged to use the pre-approved list of goods and services in our database to specify your goods and/or services as this would avoid objection(s) pertaining to the specification. If the specification of goods and/or services are found to be in the worded too broadly or wrongly classified, we would raise objection(s). Consequently, this would delay the application process and would likely incur additional cost for the amendment of the specification.
You may wish to take note of our
Circulars and Practice Directions
pertaining to specification of goods/services.
How do I complete the application Form TM 4?
Please refer to the
Guidelines For Completing Form TM4
User Manual For eFiling Form TM4
If you are unable to find an answer to your query, please submit your
to let us know how we can help you.
Last updated on 18 November, 2013
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