How To Check If A Trademark Is Available
When you own a business, your trademark is one of your most valuable assets. The trademark you choose can be made of both words and logos, and it won’t just safeguard the integrity of your brand, it will also help you to attract customers and build brand recognition. Therefore, it is crucial to ensure you choose the right trademark to register.
An important part of choosing a trademark is checking whether the mark you’re interested in is available. Simply put, you will not be able to register a trademark that is similar or identical to another trademark and to ensure your application has the best chance of succeeding, you should check if your desired trademark is already in use. If you’re not sure how to check if a trademark is available, keep reading today.
How do you check if a trademark is available?
Checking whether a trademark is available can be very straightforward when you turn to a company like Trademark Eagle which provides a trademark checking service. You can simply use the search tool on a trusted website to conduct your search and make sure your trademark is available, and this search tool will usually be free of charge.
A trademark search tool will use efficient software that searches the UK and EU Trademark Registers data. It will then provide you with search results that highlight any potential immediate conflicts and inform you whether your trademark is available.
Whenever you’re checking if a trademark is available, it is beneficial to do multiple searches. Not only should you search for the mark you’re interested in, but you should also search for separate words within the trademark individually and any phonetic matches. Conducting a thorough preliminary search can help to prevent any problems with the registration.
In addition to using a free trademark search tool, it is recommended that you turn to an expert to conduct a more thorough search. At Trademark Eagle, we include a trademark word search in the fixed cost of processing a trademark. This extensive search will provide you with details of identical and similar marks, both in the UK and EU, as well as who their owners are. This service will be particularly useful if you’re not sure whether you can use a trademark or if you have multiple trademark options to choose from.
The benefits of using a trademark checking service
There are so many advantages to using a trademark checking service before trademark registration and it is highly recommended that you don’t skip this important step of the process. One of the main reasons why you should use a search tool and a checking service provided by a leading company like Trademark Eagle is because they will be supplied with official information from both the UK’s Intellectual Property Office and the European Union Intellectual Property Office. You won’t have to worry about the search results not being up to date and you can trust that if they say the trademark is available, you can go ahead and file an application.
Conducting a careful search will increase the likelihood of your application to register a trademark being successful. This can prevent you from having to pay application fees over and over again, saving you a considerable amount of money. Not to mention, it can also help you to avoid the legal costs associated with objections too, which can quickly add up.
In addition, when we are filing trademarks for our clients, at Trademark Eagle we also review their commercial needs and suggest classes of goods and services that are pertinent to their business. We draft the description of these for them and once agreed, we will file the application and deal with the process within the Registry.
Checking a trademark in the UK
Hopefully, you will now know how to check if a trademark is available, and you can ensure that you’re filing an application that is likely to be successful. If you would like to find out more about how we can assist you with your trademark registration process at Trademark Eagle, feel free to explore the rest of our website today. Don’t hesitate to use the free, no limits trademark search tool on our home page either, our software is continuously updated, and you can trust that the results you receive will be current. There is no better company to assist you with checking a trademark in the UK.