We will now look at three examples to help illustrate several search progresses.
- Example 1: Searching availability of potential trademarks
- Example 2: Searching for competitive information
- Example 3: Searching by design
Example 1: Searching availability of potential trademarks
You operate a telecommunications business and want to register a new trademark that begins with the word “tele”.
- Click the drop-down menu under “Select a search field” and choose “TM lookup”.
- Enter the word “tele” followed by an asterisk (*). Proceed to click “Search”.
- Assess the results and compare them to the specific trademark you had in mind.
Example 2: Searching for competitive information
You operate a business that offers geographical data products and services via the Internet. Before registering a trademark, you need to learn what types of trademarks your competition has been using.
You will search your sector by selecting the “Goods and Services” option from the drop-down menu and by searching the following terms: “geograph*”, “data”, “Internet”.
- Enter the term “geograph” followed by an asterisk (*) into Criteria 1.
Click the drop-down menu under “Select a search field” and choose “Goods and Services”.
- Enter the term “data” into Criteria 2.
Enter the term “internet” into Criteria 3. (Use “and” operator for both)
Select the “Goods and Services” option for both.
- Click the “Search” button and your results will be displayed.
Example 3: Searching by design
You operate an apple pie stand. You want a logo with an apple and a triangle. Prior to completing your logo design, you want to see if a similar trademark design has been filed or is registered.
To perform this search, you will need to locate the respective Vienna Code(s).
- Under ‘Additional Search Options', click on the Vienna Classification arrow to expand.
- Click on the drop-down menu and select category “5 Plants”.
- Repeat and select division “5.7 Grain, seeds, fruits”.
- Repeat and select section “5.7.13 Apples”.
- Repeat and select auxiliary “A 5.7.23 One fruit”.
- Proceed to click “Add” to display under ‘Vienna codes added to search'.
- Click “Search” to retrieve search results.
- Alternatively, if you know the Vienna Code you want to search, enter it into the “Search Criteria” and select “Vienna Code” from the select a search field drop-down menu.
You have completed the tutorial and are now ready to perform all sorts of trademarks searches. If you require further information on any particular topic, please consult the Database Assistance file on our website.
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