How to search for trade marks

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We are pleased to announce the fact sheet on trade mark search, published in collaboration with the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO). EUIPO, as the official trade marks and designs office of the European Union registers the European Union Trade Mark (EUTM) and registered Community design (RCD). For further information on EUIPO please click here.

There are many reasons why you may need to perform trade mark searches and should use trade mark databases:

  1. before applying for a new trade mark, since it is essential to make sure that it is free to use;
  2. once a trade mark is registered it is also important to regularly consult trade mark databases in order to check if similar or identical trademarks are being registered;
  3. regardless of any intention to register a trade mark, these databases can also be used as source of business information. In fact, knowing the trade marks filed by a competitor can give you some insight into its commercial strategy.

To know more about trade mark searches and how to perform them, download this newly updated fact sheet!

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