A Design refers to the features of shape, configuration, pattern or ornament applied to an article by an industrial process. Through registration of your design, you will obtain an exclusive right to the design and the right to prevent third parties from using the design without your permission. The design must be new at the date of application for registration in order to obtain a valid registration. Therefore, it is important to apply for the protection before making any public disclosure of the design.
Before filing an application for the registration of a design, it is advisable to first conduct a search of the existing designs to ensure its registrability. We can assist you in searching and advising on potential conflicts with existing registered designs.
Filing and Registration
It is necessary to file a design registration in order to protect your designs. We can file and prosecute design applications, both nationally and internationally for you.
Registration for a design in Singapore may be obtained in two ways:
- A national application filed with the Registry of Designs with the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS), or
- An international application under the Hague System for the International Registration of Industrial Designs, designating Singapore as a country where protection is sought. The Hague system offers the owner of an industrial design a means of obtaining protection in several countries (please see the list of countries here: http://www.wipo.int/treaties/en/documents/pdf/hague.pdf) by simply filing one application with the International Bureau of WIPO. An international registration has the same effect as if the design had been registered directly with each national office.
Design registrations are valid for an initial 5 years from the date of filing the registration. The registration can then be renewed every 5 years up to a maximum of 15 years.