With the help of our experts, it is worthwhile to map out the risks related to the protection and use of trademarks in a timely manner through preliminary trademark searches. Without a prior investigation, there is a risk that you will infringe marks or trade names previously protected by others.
Legal risks associated with the trademarks may at worst prevent the protection of your trademark. Legal risks associated with the use of the mark may result in a need to change your own trademark, or prevent its use in some countries.
To minimize the risks, it is a good idea to do a preliminary search before using the mark. The purpose of the search is to determine which similar marks or trade names related to similar products or services have previously been protected. Preliminary trademark searches should also be carried out when a mark already in use is introduced in, or sought to be protected in new countries.
Our preliminary search determines the types of products and services the mark is intended to be used for as well as the countries in which the mark is to be used. Our written search report also includes a recommendation for further action.
The preliminary examination also assesses whether the mark is distinctive, i.e. that it does not describe the characteristics of the products to be protected. The distinctive character of a mark is a key requirement for the registrability of the mark.
Our preliminary trademark searches provide valuable information about the risks associated with registering and using a trademark. With the help of preliminary trademark searches the client avoids selecting a trademark with significant risks associated with its use or registration.
The information obtained from a preliminary search is especially valuable when planning the appearance and the exact range of products and services a trademark is to be registered for.
A preliminary search also provides valuable information, even though the brand has already been launched. The result of the search enables informed decisions to be made about where and for which products and services the trademark should be protected in order to reduce risks. The search can also produce valuable information in which countries the mark is not recommended to be used.
Before the search
Search, analysis and reporting
Meeting and next steps
Please note that the price estimate for a trademark application depends in part on the amount of time it takes to complete the application. This is affected, for example, by how accurately the products and services covered by the mark are described, whether there are ready-made images of the mark and how much expert preparation and consultation is required.
Word mark, EU area, BocoMatch search
Rapid preliminary search of the freedom to use and register a trademark in the EU area. Attention is on previous trademark registrations that contain an identical word and concern similar goods or services. The study is carried out using the Corsearch ExaMatch tool.
Word mark, EU area, BocoCheck search
Extensive prior examination of the freedom of use and registration of the trademark in the EU area. Attention is on previous trademark registrations and business names containing identical or similar words concerning similar goods or services. The research is carried out using the Corsearch ExaMatch tool.
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