It is not mandatory to apply for a trade mark in Singapore before seeking protection overseas. However, to file for an international application under the Madrid Protocol, a basic application of the trade mark must first be filed in the country of origin.
For more information, please refer to “Applying to register a Trade Mark outside Singapore”.
You need to file Form CM12 and pay the prescribed fee (Soft copy: S$28.00 in respect of each trade mark where the certified copy or extract or document is in soft copy; Hard copy: S$35.00 in respect of each trade mark where the certified copy or extract or document is in hard copy). Manual filing is subjected to additional Service Bureau charges.
The Registry will send you a document with details of your application or registration so that you may file an application in a country approved for purposes of claiming a right of priority.