Preliminary examinations for trademarks

Research

Protecting and using trademarks always involves the risk that marks or business names previously protected by others are infringed.

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Defining the case

Research and analysis

Reporting

Meeting, discussing further actions

At worst, the risks involved in the trademark registration procedure include being prevented from protecting your own mark. The use of marks involves risks as well – you may need to amend your mark or some countries may forbid its use.

To minimize the risks, we recommend that a trademark preliminary examination is carried out before beginning to use a mark. The purpose of the examination is to find the previously protected similar marks or business names associated with similar products or services. We recommend conducting the examination also before entering a mark already in use in new countries or protecting it in them.

Our preliminary examination determines the products, services and countries for the use of a mark. It further estimates the possible new products and services available for the mark within the next 5-10 years. The examination also reveals any supplementary products or services associated with your products and services that should be protected. Our written preliminary examination report also includes a recommendation for further actions.

Our preliminary examinations for trademarks provide valuable information regarding the risks related to the registration and use of a mark. Preliminary examination helps to discard the marks with significant risks regarding use or registration. Especially when determining the product and service range as well as the form for a trademark to be registered, the information provided by the preliminary examination is particularly valuable.

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