We conduct comprehensive trademark searches, which include the US federal, state, common law, Canadian, UK, German, EU, & WIPO trademark databases. We also check top level domain names. Why do you conduct a trademark search? Because you must know before you invest all the time and money to develop a product or service that your potential mark is not already being used by someone else. If that were to occur, you could be subject to costly litigation, not to mention the loss of goodwill with your customers. It is also advisable to know whether there are similar domain names available for registration or are already in use that contain your potential marks.
We monitor multiple databases to protect you from unwitting and/or unscrupulous offenders using your mark in a confusing way (such as through the use of a similar sounding web address) or from selling shoddy products under a similar mark eroding the goodwill of your business. One of the most efficient ways to keep tabs on unwitting or unscrupulous offenders is to monitor proposed registered marks and Intent To Use applications, domain name registrations, and reports of state records to determine whether similar names are being used.
For more information relating to Trademark Monitoring or other Trademark services, Please contact Bernstein IP.