Choose your desired package for brand research. Should we only research brands with protection in Germany or the European Union for you? If you would like us to do a search in other countries, it is best to call us briefly or send us an e-mail with the necessary information. We will then make you an offer.
You have developed a brand name and now want to use it for business and register it as a brand. Have you already researched the trademark registries whether the brand name is still available? After all, if you happen to choose a brand name that is even similar to an older and protected brand name, you quickly provoke an expensive trademark dispute. In such a dispute, not only opposing legal fees have to be paid, but also sales must be disclosed and profits issued. In addition, of course, you will need to change your brand name that may have already been introduced, which will lead to additional costs.
There are now almost 2 million registered trademarks in Germany. In addition, there are 1.5 million European Union brands claiming protection in Germany. Furthermore, international brands with protection are to be researched in Germany. Last but not least, company names and other business names that can obtain trademark protection even without registration have to be taken into account.
By conducting a professional trademark search before using and registering your trademark, you avoid such conflicts. As lawyers, we have experience from several thousand brand searches conducted in recent years. As part of such a search, we identify a potential risk and then advise you on the extent to which you can minimise or exclude this risk. Ultimately, the final decision is up to you. However, we can provide legal advice to you in order to avoid a trademark conflict in the first place. Sometimes, of course, it can be that the brand name you came up with is simply occupied. Then you may have to switch to a whole new brand name. At the very beginning of a business activity, however, this is still better than jeopardising investment in a business model with a threatening brand conflict.
You will receive our search report with specific instructions for action within 3-5 working days after assignment. If you have chosen the Express option, you will receive the legal evaluation within 48 hours (weekdays).
If you want to enter the European Union with an European Union brand, a comprehensive preliminary search for existing identical or similar brands within the European Union and the individual Member States is essential.
Already one existing trademark application in a Member State of the European Union, however small, can bring down its European Union trademark in its entirety. This is particularly annoying, if you have no business interests at all in the country where such a clashing brand exists. However, these trademark owners perceive through the trademark application that you have potential business interests in their country.
In this respect, we carry out the search not only in the register of the European Trademark Office (EUIPO), but also in all 28 national trademark registers of the European Union.
If, as is often the case, it turns out that the brand is problematic in one of the countries, one can still consider registering the brand for the other countries. This can of course only be found out after previous research. But if this is relevant to you, this is a very good strategy to avoid loosing your brand as a whole.
We conduct the trademark research for the European Union within 3-5 working days. With Express assignment within 48 hours (weekdays). We send you the legal search report by e-mail to further discuss the procedure.
If you wish to carry out an international trademark application, you should have a search carried out in the respective countries before registering the base mark, which will give you an overview of the countries in which the invented brand name is still And where older brands may be in the way of the project.
If you already know that you want to protect a brand not only in Germany, but also in the USA, China or India, you should not limit yourself to a brand search in Germany. In these cases, we recommend that a search be carried out first in all relevant countries to see if you project can be implemented. If it turns out that there may be conflicting brands in individual countries, you can then decide whether you will nevertheless register the trademark in the core countries that are important to you and leave the other countries out, or whether you may switch to another brand name.
We do the vast majority of international brand searches ourselves. However, in some language areas, we bring in local lawyers to always be able to carry out the best expertise.
Note: In countries such as the United States or China, for example, a trademark will not be registered by the Trademark Office if there are already colliding trademarks. In China, short deadlines make a solution almost impossible. With a brand search in advance, you avoid such situations.
If you want to have an international brand search conducted by us, just email us [email protected] with the brand and the countries you have in mind, so that we can make you an appropriate offer.
In our brand database, you can currently research in about ten million registered trademarks. Part of our brand database are the trademark registers from Germany (DPMA), the European trademark register for Union brands (EUIPO) as well as the trademark registers of Switzerland (Swissreg) and the USA (USPTO).
The brand database is constantly being expanded and the research optimized with new features. However, the free search is limited to a simple identity search, which corresponds to a so-called K.O. search.
However, since similar brands are problematic under trademark law, such as those that are pronounced in the same way but written differently, a similarity search should always be carried out. At the moment, this can only be booked in connection with a professional lawyer search via our portal.
The free brand research takes place without warranty and without liability. You can try this for yourself. Please understand that we cannot discuss any research results with you on the phone.
If we are to evaluate research results, we will only do so in the context of a professional brand search to be commissioned, including legal evaluation. Then we make sure that, on the one hand, proper research has been carried out and, on the other hand, the search results are properly evaluated. Indeed, it may well be that, as a result, an initially colliding brand is only a theoretically colliding brand that should not be overvalued. Then a recommendation can still be that the planned brand should still be registered and used, since the trademark found is no longer a risk. However, we evaluate this according to different criteria, which we have to evaluate individually.
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