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Top 5 Most Popular FAQs
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if the applicant does not respond within the stipulated deadline, the entire application will also be treated as withdrawn.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. If you file an application to register your trade mark with IPOS, it will be examined to determine if your trade mark fulfills this criteria.
As such, you should avoid applying for trade marks that (i) denote the characteristics of your goods or services, such as the kind, quality, intended purpose, or geographical origin of the goods or services; (ii) consist of common surnames or geographical names; (iii) conflict with an earlier trade mark used on similar goods or services; or (iv) mislead the public about the nature of the goods or services.
You are advised to conduct an online search via
(select "Trade Marks Similar Mark") to check our Trade Marks Register for similar trade marks that may be filed earlier for similar goods or services. Your trade mark application may face an objection if there are such similar trade marks.
You may refer to our
Trade Marks Work Manual
(under the section "Guidelines and Useful Information") for a more comprehensive understanding on our examination practices.
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 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.
When can I use the ® symbol?
You can use the ® symbol after the status of your mark has been updated as "Registered". To check the status of your mark, please use our
Online Trade Marks Search
If you are unable to find an answer to your query, please
us for assistance.
Last updated on 18 November, 2013
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