What Is a Trademark Comprehensive Search?
In a world full of brand names and images, making your mark (i.e. name, logo or phrase) stand out from the rest of the pack is important. However, your mark is only different if it does not create a likelihood of confusion with an existing mark in commerce.
Before applying for a trademark it's wise to conduct a comprehensive search to make sure there are no similar trademarks already pending or registered. It's a good idea to search as widely as possible. Searching is not as simple as it sounds. It requires skill and persistence as merely searching for an identical mark is not sufficient. This is why we strongly recommend you to do a professional trademark search before your mark is filed.
Trademark Comprehensive Search – Why Is It Important
The comprehensive search will compare many possible variations and will check for phonetic equivalents and engage in pattern-matching to identify each important portion of your trademark that may conflict with others. WIPC trademark attorney analyzing the search result will also weigh the relatedness of the goods/services with actual evidence. You will receive a legal analysis based on the comprehensive search informing you of the potential risks and forecasting the likelihood to overcome any such refusals.
By investing in a comprehensive search to identify possible risks before taking the plunge, you can save yourself thousands of dollars in legal fees and rebranding down the road.
Here's what you'll get with a trademark search report:
|In-depth analytical search results with clear summary interpretation.|
|Identify similar trademarks that could conflict with your proposed mark.|
|Check the likelihood of whether a trademark application will be registered or rejected.|
Worldwide Experts, World-class Service
We proudly operate in 120 countries in the world. Our worldwide capabilities make it possible for us to provide professional service to more markets, and help you register trademarks internationally. What's more, we have highly experienced trademark specialists in each country. This ensures that your consultant knows the ins and outs of your region, and can provide you with a seamless, stress-free experience. Global reach with local knowledge and international understanding.
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Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is a trademark class?
The Trademark Registry has classified goods and services under 45 classes. Your application must mention the class/classes the goods/services represent. The trademark would be registered under those classes only.
2. What trademark applications are commonly rejected?
If your trademark is similar to an existing application, would hurt religious sentiments, contains geographical names or common words. It would also be rejected if it is likely to cause confusion. So you can't register the word 'car' for a car brand, but may do so for a brand of electronics.
3. When can I use the ™ symbol?
As soon as you file the application, you receive an acknowledgement, which gives you the right to use the ™ symbol. Once it's registered, you can use the ® symbol.
4. Do you guarantee approval of my trademark?
It depends entirely on the government's judgement. But if it is unique, it is highly likely that it will be granted.
5. Should I file the trademark in my own name?
Many start-up founders register it in their own names, while large businesses would prefer to do so in the name of the company. This is because the future of a start-up is always in doubt. If owned by the founder, the trademark would be valid regardless of the state of the company. A trademark license agreement is, however, needed in this case.
6. What is the difference between trademark, copyright and patent?
Trademarks and copyrights are both intellectual property, but serve different purposes. A copyright applies to literary and audio-visual (music, photographs, movies) works. So it’s an exclusive right granted to the creator or author of a book, script, software, music, photograph or movie. The owner has the right to stop the publication of any work that shares similarities with his/her work, unless it has been fairly used. Registration is not necessary. However, as copyright infringement has become commonplace in the Internet age, and you need a registration to take the matter to court, copyright registration has gained importance.
A patent is a right granted for a product or process to an individual or enterprise. This right grants its owner the ability to exclude others from making, using, selling or importing the patented product or process without prior approval. In exchange for this right, the applicant must fully disclose the invention. A patent is valid for 20 years, after which it falls into the public domain.
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