We are going to share 5 steps to invest in your Trademark
You can protect your business’ intellectual property with a trademark search and application.
Search for Conflicting Trademarks
Your first step is to make sure there are not any conflicting trademarks. You should search on the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore to see if there any conflicting trademarks that have already been registered. Then work with an attorney to run a more comprehensive search. Even if a trademark has not been registered, it could still have superior intellectual property rights over yours if it was being used prior to your trademark.
In addition, if the IPOS rejects your application due to a conflict with an existing mark, filing fees will not be refunded.
Start an Application
Once you have confirmed there are no conflicting trademarks, you will need to complete a trademark application. You will need the following to dates to complete the application:
- Date of first use of trademark in commerce anywhere
- Date of first use in interstate or foreign commerce
Prove Your Trademark
The trademark application also requires a trademark “specimen,” which shows the trademark being used in commerce in the class of goods or services for which you are applying for the trademark.
Select Its Class of Goods/Services
You will need to select the class of goods or services you would like to register the trademark.
You should be strategic in selecting the class of goods or services to register the trademark, as there is an additional filing fee for each class of goods or services in which you register the trademark.
Include a Contact Address
Finally, you will need to include a contact address for the trademark registration.
It is important to remember that anyone can view this address if they search for the trademark on the IPOS website once the trademark application has been filed.