Do you need help to protect your brand from impostors and copycats? Or do you want to prevent your company from infringing on a trademark? There are a lot of benefits to a registered logo or name, but the process can be tedious for entrepreneurs who are still new to the business. However, it is important to register trademark as early as possible to enjoy the protection of intellectual property laws.

Designating a Country (Madrid Protocol)

For international establishments that wish to protect their trademark here in the country, Singapore can be designated for international registration. This means that your trademark must already be a registered mark in the country or territory of origin before you can designate another country. The application is facilitated by the WIPO, and the documents will be submitted to and examined by IPOS. The entire process takes about 9 months if there are no objections.

Once the examination is done, the trademark will be published in the Trade Marks Journal so that the public can inspect it for two months. If there are objections during the examination, you can still create a TM by presenting all the requirements or giving the appropriate response within four months.

If there are no objections during the publication, the owner will be granted the certificate or Statement of Grant of Protection by IPOS, which is valid for 10 years. To enjoy the continuous protection of your trademark, you should renew the trademark registration before the validity ends.

Registration in the Country

When planning for trademark application, there’s a list of requirements you need to secure. Important documents to file your product name in Singapore TM registry include the following: name and address of the owner, graphical representation of the mark, list and classes of goods and/or services, declaration of the intent to use the trademark, and application fees.

Next, IPOS will examine and perform a trade mark search before a logo or brand name can be published in the Trade Marks Journal. For amendments in the trademark application, you will need to submit and fill out forms and pay the necessary fees and bureau charges. If there are no objections to the publication within two months, the owner will be issued a Registration Certificate valid for 10 years.

Registration Outside the Country

For companies in Singapore that want to register trademark in other territories, they must first register their TM at IPOS. This means that the mark must already have been granted the Registration Certificate.

To apply for intellectual property protection outside the country, you should file an international application via Madrid Protocol at IPOS. You will need to pay the administrative and WIPO fees, too. Next, the brand is reviewed by IPOS and then examined by WIPO’s International Bureau. If there are missing requirements, the owner will be given a deadline to submit them or to make amendments for the application.

If the requirements are complete, the trademark is published in the WIPO Gazette, a brand name registry, for public examination, and the owner will be given an international registration number. If there are objections or irregularities in the brand name recording, the owner will also be given a grace period to respond accordingly. How much the cost of filing a trademark varies from country to country.

Finally, the International Bureau will send the trademark registration to the designated country for another examination. If approved, the brand can enjoy the maximum protection and benefits in the designated country.