Updated: Dec 7, 2021
The trademark process generally comprises of 4 stages.
Filing stage – this is where we file your application at the relevant trademark offices.
Examination stage – this is where the trademark office will examine a trademark application, and if there are any issues, an objection will be raised.
Publication stage – this is usually a 2/3-month period for any third party to object a trademark application.
Registration stage – this is where your certificate will be issued.
As trademarks are territorial and must be filed separately in different countries, the time frame for a trademark to be registered varies from country to country. In Singapore for example, the entire process takes about 8 months unless objections are raised at the examination stage. In countries such as China, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, it could take between 12 to 18 months.
The overall time frame depends on whether the trademark encounters any objections (office actions) during examination or opposition at the publication stage. If so, then it could take anywhere between 12 to 36 months.
It is generally advisable to conduct a preliminary trademark availability search to assess any potential risks against your trademark application. This can also help you save on costs or be made aware of possible office actions and strategies to overcome them. This is not to say that if conducting a preliminary search avoids receiving an office action but allows you to be better prepared.
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