Registered trademark singapore law [FAQs]



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Registered trademark singapore law

How long does a trademark last in Singapore?

The validity period of a registered trademark in Singapore is 10 years, and can be renewed indefinitely at the end of each 10-year period. With the introduction of service mark registration, the classes have been extended from International Classification 35 to 45.

Do I need to trademark my business name Singapore?

Generally, you are not required to register a trademark in Singapore.

Is Singapore Treaty 2006 a trademark related legal instrument?

Unlike the TLT, the Singapore Treaty applies generally to all marks that can be registered under the law of a Contracting Party. Most significantly, it is the first international instrument dealing with trademark law to explicitly recognize non-traditional marks.

Is it compulsory to register a trademark?

Unlike other legislation of various different countries, registration of a trademark is not mandatory in India. An unregistered trademark is also protected and has certain benefits. However, an unregistered trademark does not possess the statutory right of infringement.

Can I put TM on my logo without registering?

The (TM) symbol actually has no legal meaning. You can use the symbol on any mark that your company uses without registering it. The most common use of the TM symbol is on a new phrase, logo, word, or design that a company plans to register through the USPTO.

What happens if you don't renew your trademark?

Registering your trademark ensures you maintain exclusive rights to the mark. If you don't renew on time, you lose your rights. Your competitor would be within their full legal right to come in and claim ownership.

How long can a registered trademark last?

How long does a trademark last? Once you've got your registered trademark, it has to be renewed every 10 years. So trademarks can potentially last forever if you keep paying the renewal fees.

Why should I trademark my business name?

Names hold power in business. So establishing ownership of and rights to a business name is an important step for businesses that want to ensure a name remains one-of-a-kind. Registering a trademark helps protect a name or brand from intellectual property theft or misuse as a business grows.

Is it necessary to trademark a logo?

To protect your logo, you need a trademark or service mark (trademarks are generally used for products, while service marks are usually applied to services). You should not copyright or patent a logo design.

What is the Trademark Law Treaty?

The aim of the Trademark Law Treaty (TLT) is to standardize and streamline national and regional trademark registration procedures.

What is the Singapore Treaty?

The Singapore Treaty simplifies and standardizes many formalities and procedures relating to the administration of trademarks. It establishes a maximum set of conditions that can be imposed on applicants, and makes procedures more user-friendly, more consistent internationally and less time-consuming for applicants.

Who signed the Singapore Treaty?

Signing the 1819 Treaty - On 6 February, 1819, a treaty was signed between Sir Stamford Raffles, Temenggong Abdul Rahman and Sultan Hussein Shah of Johor, allowing the British East India Company (EIC) to set up a trading post in Singapore.

What is the difference between a registered and unregistered trademark?

Difference Between Registered and Unregistered Trademark The fundamental difference between the two is regarding securities of trademarks and unregistered trademarks. A registered trademark is protected under the Trademarks Act while an unregistered trademark can claim its property under common law.

Why is trademark mandatory?

A registered trademark establishes ownership over the brand, name or logo. It protects your brand from any unauthorized use of the third party. The registered trademark proves that the product totally belongs to you and you have exclusive rights to use, sell, and modify the brand or goods in whichever manner you want.

Who owns an unregistered trademark?

Unlike registered trade marks, which can be assigned to a new owner by a written instrument such as an agreement or deed, the courts have held that ownership of unregistered trade marks can only be transferred together with the goodwill of the associated business.

Can you just put TM on anything?

You can claim a trademark on anything by using the TM Symbol, but you can't use the registered trademark symbol (R) unless you have registered the trademark with the US Patent and Trademark Office.

What is difference between trademark and registered?

A registered trademark is an intangible asset that is used to protect company's investment in the brand or symbol. A TM is a symbol which is used when an application for the trademark is registered with the trademark registry established in 1940. It simply means that one claims to be the proprietor of the trademark.

Can I just put a copyright symbol on my work?

You can place the copyright symbol on any original piece of work you have created. The normal format would be to include alongside the copyright symbol the year of first publication and the name of the copyright holder, however there are no particular legal requirements regarding this.

Can you lose a trademark?

You can lose a trademark in a variety of ways. You can lose a mark through abandonment. A mark will be considered abandoned if you stop using it for three consecutive years and you have no intent to resume its use. You can also lose a mark through improper licensing or improper assignment.

Can you lose a trademark if you don't protect it?

If you don't enforce your trademark, you risk losing reputation, business, sales, customers, and more to the infringer. There's also a concept in trademark law called abandonment. Generally, if you don't use your mark for three years or more, it's considered abandoned.


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Comment by Kati Locante

welcome to singapore focus videos in today's episode we are going to talk about the trademark registration process in previous episode we have mentioned about the trademark that the things that you need to take note if you want to register trademark so today let's dive into the process the first of all you need to find a reliable service provider because you need to share your business ideas or your intellectual property with this service provider so a reliable provider is a crucial point second is that you have to come up with your design your design has to be unique preferably brand new design it can come up with by the different words letters characters numbers and different shapes or the combination of them so the treatment design has to be unique so when the treatment design has been decided the next thing we need to do that we need to do our background search to make sure this trademark is not a duplicate or is not similar to other trademarks and next thing to do is that we need to identify what do you want to protect like what are the products you want to protect and what are the services you want to protect for example for example the product has to be specific like light bulb or like a bicycle cars or speakers and so on and so forth and services may be like management service promotional services education tuition and such kind of services so all the products and services they have to be specific you cannot give just a category like i'm doing trading i'm doing a management advisory right so you have to be a very specific product or service and next thing you need to do is that you make you want to sign a contract with your service provider to make sure both of you understand what you are doing and what is the treatment and what are the products and services being filed the next is that when you submit the the contract has been signed payments be made your service provider will help you to submit a trademark application so once the application has been submitted it will be submitted to intellectual property office of singapore so first thing they need to do they need to do uh for manatee check to make sure this trademark is eligible for registration and is not in duplicate with others and does not create any confusions so basically it means that the trademark can be registered if this process normally takes about two to four months if you passed this formality check you will go to next step which is the publication so when the treatment has been probably publicized on the uh ifos website it will take about two months for the entire process to complete so during this process if there are other trademark owners they feel that they have objections on your new trademark they can file an objection to ipos so ipos will stop your trademark maybe say we should say pause your trademark application process until your this kind of dispute is being resolved then they will proceed so once the treatment publication process has been done then the intellectual property office will issue an electronic certificate it will list out your trademark logo and what other services and products has been registered so in the future if there is any change or update to your trademark registration details like uh the owner's name the owner's address agent's name agent's address it will not issue you a new trademark certificate but they will issue a amendment or notice to the trademark so this is the trademark application process if you have any questions please comment below we will try to answer your questions as soon as possible see you next time you


Thanks for your comment Kati Locante, have a nice day.
- Lucien Saneaux, Staff Member


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Thanks for this interesting article


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