A trademark applicant is not required to conduct a search for conflicting marks
before using a trademark, or applying to register a trademark. The most important
reason to do a trademark search is to avoid liability from trademark infringement
lawsuits. The second most important reason is to identify potential prior users,
so you will not have to incur the time and expense associated with changing a name
you have invested time and money in at a later date. Third most important reason
comes into play if you are planning on registering a mark with a trademark office.
If the mark you have attempted to register is the same, or "confusingly similar"
to another company's registered trademark for identical or similar goods and/or
services, the application will be denied and the registration fees are non-refundable.
Before submitting an application for registering your trademark, you should ensure
that a proper trademark search has been carried out. This is to make sure that the
trademark you intend to use, or a similar one, is not already registered by another
company for identical or similar products. It is advisable to conduct a trademark
search not only in your own country but also, as far as is possible, in potential
export countries, in order to avoid problems of infringement at a later stage.
A trademark search may be conducted before Trademark Office and/or through a commercially
operated trademark database, or you may hire the services of a trademark agent.
Whatever the manner you choose. Please bear in mind that any such trademark search
is only preliminary. It may be difficult to ensure that your trademark of choice
is not 'confusingly similar' to existing validly registered trademarks. This is
why the guidance of an experienced trademark attorney and/or agent, who is familiar
with the practice of the trademark office and court decisions, may be extremely
We strongly recommend to conduct search before applying for Trademark Registration.
You may instruct us online for Trademark Search; please provide us your Trademark
/ Brand name along with list of goods or products and services which you wants to
protect by this Trademark.
Please provide us your complete contact details along with name, address and phone
and fax numbers for prompt response.
Online Trademark Search