Frequently Asked Questions on Trademark Registration
Do I need trademark registration?
Your business name or logo distinguishes your product or service from those of another business. By registering for a trademark, you prevent your industry competitors from using names or logos that are confusingly similar to yours. Consider a trademark as an investment into your brand.
What can I register as a trademark?
Most businesses register their logo and business names as trademarks. Generally, registration for trademarks works on a first-come-first-serve basis. Thus, if someone has registered a mark that is confusingly similar to yours before you, your application for a trademark will be rejected. The name or logo submitted for trademark registration should not be a generic word that is used in everyday language. It also should not be purely descriptive.
How do I register for a trademark?
In Singapore, a trademark is registered with the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS). Typically, a lawyer or a trademark agent is engaged to deal with the entire registration process due to its technicality.
How much does the registration process cost?
IPOS charges $341 for registering a trademark for each class of products or services. Businesses register trademarks for the class(es) of products or services that they will use the trademark in. Lawyers and trademark agents will incur additional charges. IMPORTANT: Fees for trademark registration are PIC-claimable, so it may not cost much to register a trademark.
What can I do when someone infringes on my registered trademark?
You can apply to court for an injunction that stops other businesses from infringing on your registered trademark. This can be a relatively quick process and is in addition to your right to claim for damages.
If your mark is not registered, you will not be able to rely on the Trade Marks Act (Cap. 332) and your claim for damages will be under the common law tort of passing off which is more complex and difficult to prove.