Trademark Search Lawyer
If you are conducting business in the United States, then you are most likely using trademarks in your business whether you realize it or not. From your business name and logo to your slogan — to the title of your podcast or online course — these trademarks play a fundamental role in your business.
But is it possible that you might be infringing on someone else’s trademark rights? The only way to know for sure us to conduct a comprehensive trademark search with respect to these brand elements.
Trademark Clearance Searches
While the United States Patent and Trademark Office provides a free search database online, a quick search of that database is often not enough to ensure that you are not infringing on the trademarks of another brand.
A strong trademark search requires a comprehensive analysis. For example, a proper search includes but is not limited to the following steps:
- Determine if there are any pending or registered trademarks that are the same or substantially similar to your trademark
- Examine whether any such similar trademarks are used in connection with goods or services similar to yours
- Consider whether any trademarks that are similar but abandoned, canceled, or “dead” may nevertheless be in use or revived by the original owner
- Look into the history of owners with similar trademarks and see if they have a track record of challenging similar trademarks
Conducting this comprehensive of a trademark search takes time, master of the database, and an understanding of other tools that can assist with such a search.
Let Indie Law can help you run a proper trademark search so that you can rest easier knowing that the trademarks you’re using are original and not infringing on another business’s rights.
Searching Before You Apply for a Trademark Registration
Running a proper trademark search is critical to ensure that your brand is built on an original foundation that is not likely to cause disputes down the road.
After completing a strong search, it’s important to take action as quickly as you can to secure your own trademark registrations. Otherwise, you face the risk of another person or business applying for your trademark or something very similar. If you didn’t apply first, then it just became a lot harder and more expensive to protect your brand.
Contact an Experienced Trademark Search Lawyer
It is critical to run proper trademark searches at the outset of your business venture, when considering a brand refresh, or when you expand your offerings. Whether you are searching in order to confirm that a name you like is available, or you’re ready to register and want to assess your chances of success, trademark searches should be an important priority for your business. To find out more about the search process and how Indie Law can help, please contact us toll-free at (312) 766-6889.