Top 5 resources for conducting a trademark search

No matter whether you want to ascertain distinctiveness, or want to analyze potential infringement disputes of a brand name, trademark search is something that is needed at the most. With plenty of trademark search databases available online, it becomes very difficult for individuals and enterprises to find the best trademark search databases. This is an article that will list some of the most important trademark search databases to help searcher find the best result in their trademark search initiative.



World Databases: International or trademark data of the whole world can be searched in databases like Romarin and Global Brand database of WIPO. The trademark search database ROMARIN allows people to search trademarks with the opportunity to mix search criteria as well as to define what kind of trademark is searched (in force, no longer in force or applications being processed).

National Databases

USPTO’s TESS Database: Trademark Electronic Search System (TESS) brought to the people by USPTO is a trademark search engine that allows searcher to search the USPTO’s database of registered trademarks and prior pending applications to find marks that may prevent registration due to a likelihood of confusion refusal.

TM view: TM view is another important trademark database widely used to retrieve trade related data for European Union. With this database TM search professionals can get data for 17 different trademark offices (Bulgaria, Benelux, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Spain,France, the UK, Italy, Lithuania, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Finland and Latvia). The main objective of TMview is to integrate all data from the 27 European Union member states (in addition to those from OHIM and WIPO). The Global Brand database goes far beyond in term of search options, as well as daily updates of international trademarks.

Canadian Intellectual Property Office Database: Canadian Intellectual Property Office’s search database is another important database that we can be used to search trade related data from Canada.

Internet Search Engines: Though search engines like Google, Yahoo and MSN are not specialized for patents and trademark searches still sometimes it can do wonders for TMReady because there are cases when a brand is not registered but still companies can be held liable for using a mark if someone is already using it without notifying the respective Government. These data are generally not found in specialized database but can be retrieved by search engines like Google, Bing and Yahoo.

Searching community trademarks

Community trademark applications, as well as granted community trademarks, can be searched on the website of the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM), the organism in charge of the community trademark, by using the CTM-ONLINE tool.

All we can say that doing a trademark search can be a fun provided you are acquainted with all the norms and databases. With the above mentioned trademark search databases we are sure your search will be worthy and comprehensive.

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