WIPO Singapore Office
Helping businesses in ASEAN protect their brands, inventions and designs overseas
Covid-19 Update – The WIPO Singapore Office (WSO) extends its best wishes to all its friends and contacts during the incredibly challenging time of the Covid-19 outbreak. The WSO remains open to take calls and respond to emails from customers and other IP stakeholders. All events and other in-person activities have been either cancelled or postponed. WIPO's global intellectual property systems and other services are continuing operations, with most Geneva-based staff working remotely under the Organization's business continuity protocols.
Find out more: Measures in place in IP offices in the ASEAN Region.
For many small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in the ASEAN Region, their most valuable asset is their business name. So when SMEs start expanding overseas, or even if they think they will grow into other markets in the future, protecting their name is an important first step.
The WIPO Singapore Office (WSO) helps businesses by raising awareness and increasing use of the international trademark system (Madrid System). Nine of the 10 ASEAN countries are members of the Madrid System which means business owners can apply for trademark protection in other ASEAN countries, as well as more than 110 other countries around the world, by using WIPO’s time efficient and cost effective Madrid System.
More broadly, the WSO aims to increase innovation and creativity in the ASEAN region by promoting the benefits of all WIPO services such as the PCT System (for international invention protection) and the Hague System (for overseas protection of designs), as well as Madrid System (for protection of brands and trademarks all around the world). By doing this we play a role in the economic, social and cultural development of the region.
The WSO works collaboratively with a range of organizations including chambers of commerce and industry, intellectual property (IP) offices, IP associations and universities to raise awareness and use of the international IP systems. To find out how we might work with you to increase IP awareness in your organization, please complete this enquiry form.
WSO – collaborating with the private sector
The WSO and the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry are working together to help Filipino SMEs increase their understanding and use of WIPO services through co-organized events and newsletter articles.