Intellectual Property (IP)

Intellectual Property (IP) refers to creations of the mind that are considered valuable enough to receive legal protection. IP rights cover amongst others, the following: –

  • Copyright
  • Trade Mark
  • Registered Designs
  • Patents



When you compose a song or its lyrics, write a story or an article or a computer programme, choreograph a dance, or produce a video or a film, or make a drawing or an illustration, paint a painting, or make any artwork, or take a photograph, only you alone have the rights to copy it, distribute it or perform it and to display it publicly as its author. There is no regime for registration of copyrights in Singapore. Protection is only through the common law. However, like any IP asset, it can be bought and sold and you can also license use of your copyright to others.

Protection of the copyrighted work is from the time of the creation/publication and is for the life of the author or creator plus another 70 years from the end of the year in which the author or creator dies.

Trade Mark

A trade mark is a sign or a mark that you can use to differentiate the goods or services that you deal with in your business from those of other business traders. A trade mark identifies the brand of the product or service that you are selling or offering for sale and can be in the form of just a word or a phrase, or with a logo or a symbol accompanied with some artwork or “device”.

You can by registering your trade mark protect your brand by preventing other people from using it. You can practically own a trade mark forever, as long as you or your successors renew it every 10 years. As a registered trade mark is a form of IP, you can license or assign it to others.

Registered Designs

A design refers to the physical features such as the appearance, physical shape, configuration [how different parts of a design are arranged together] and the decoration or ornament. If you register a design, you will be protecting the external appearance of the goods.

Registered Designs are used primarily to protect designs for commercial or industrial use. Examples are watches or jewellery or furnitures.

What Can We Do For You?

Hoh Law Corporation can perform the following services in relation to IP: 

  • File applications for trade marks and Registered Designs
  • Provide advice on copyrights, trade marks and registered designs
  • Claim for you when you need to enforce your rights
  • Defend you in the event of any alleged breach of such rights
  • Draft and write up agreements for the protection and transfer of your IP rights.


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