The Trade Marks Act (2005 Revised Ed) (Cap. 332), Trade Marks Rules and Trade Marks (International Registration) Rules.
A Trade Mark is a sign used by a person in the course of business or trade to distinguish his goods or services from those of other traders. It has to be capable of being represented graphically. It can include any letter, word, name, signature, numeral, device, brand, heading, label, ticket, shape, colour, aspect of packaging or a combination of these. It need not be visually perceptible.
For a trade mark to be registered it must be distinctive and capable of distinguishing the goods and/or services of the owner from other similar goods and/or services. Descriptive Marks, Marks ‘Common to the Trade’, marks contrary to public policy, deceptive marks or marks identical to earlier marks are all prohibited from registration.
√ – Paris Convention
√ – Madrid Protocol
Singapore is a member of the Paris Convention from 1995, whereby applications from convention countries will be subject to the same priority date in Singapore. The application for priority has to be made within six months of the first application in a convention country.
5. Rule of Priority:
“First to Use” is the rule followed by Singapore in determining priority of trademarks.
6. Duration and Renewal:
A trademark application once registered is valid for 10 years from the date of application. It may be renewed every 10 years thereafter with payment of a renewal fee.