Trademarks & IP

Yes, if your brand, product or service achieves term became a popular and generic term, the trademark can be deemed to be be publicly owned and thus the brand can be lost.

An example of this is when the term “Xerox” was lost by the owners, as the word became so popular to mean photocopies. However, the chances of this happening is very rare, and if it does happen the owner of the trademark monopoly will have even greater benefit from “losing” the monopoly.

No, each of them serves a different purpose, though there are also some similarities. A copyright provides protection to authors of original work such as literature, drama, music, art, creative, films, production and some other kinds of intellectual works like softwares which are published and unpublished.

A trademark right is to identify the source of goods or services and prevent others from deliberately using a similar mark to make or sell the same goods or services to confuse buyers.
A patent is a limited duration property right to protect inventors in their right of ownership of new inventions.

If your trademark is successfully registered, protection would be effected on the date the trademark application is filed.

You will have exclusive monopoly of your trademark for 10 years. Before the end of the 10th year, you will need to renew your trademark registration, which IPOS charges S$250 per class of goods or services.

Trademarks and service marks are both part of a subset of business assets known as intellectual property. A trademark is used to identify a business product while a service mark is used to differentiate the services of one provider from another. Service marks are often slogans like

Yes, Singapore is one of the members of the Madrid Protocol and International Marks application can be done. There are benefits to applying for International Marks in Singapore. Here are steps to applying for International Marks in Singapore.

Yes, trademark protection is governed by respective territories. To have your brand, goods or services be protected, registering the mark in each desired countries is necessary.

Procuring the license to use a typeface gives you the right to use it but not to own it exclusively. A typeface logo can me trademarked if it contains artistic features which is unique and allows it an overall fixed form for it to be perceived as an independent utilitarian shape. Marginal variations of typographic ornamentation or simply keeping a logo to mere lettering are not copyrightable.

A unique trademark application needs to be submitted for each class of goods or services. What this means is that if your product or service falls into 2 or more classes, you will need to submit 2 more applications.