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What is Patent Watch and Trademark Watch? Patent watch services form part of the post-registration services available for a patent, and are a useful tool in a patent holder’s enforcement strategy. Similarly, the trademark watch services form part of the post-registration services available for a trademark, and are a useful tool in a trademark holder’s enforcement strategy. Watch services are a mechanism by which the patent or trademark owner of their granted patent or registered marks can monitor any patent or trademark applications respectively filed by third party, which are identical or deceptively similar to the registered rights.
Why you need Patent Watch and Trademark Watch? Though the IP offices does have its own measures for weeding out patent or trademarks, it is not enough to ensure that no similar or identical invention or creations are granted, and brand names are registered. The Watch Services are continuous in nature, since only a limited time period is applicable to oppose the similar or identical invention / brands. It is thus necessary for an IP right owner to regularly undertake a watch services so that no possible oppositions are missed. The watch services would entail a comprehensive search which would be made using several keywords and combinations including to observe any potentially infringing patents including similar novelty, inventive steps and sometimes design also; and in case of trademarks, the potentially infringing marks including visually and phonetically similar marks to alleviate the possibility of deceptively similar marks.
Advantages of Patent Watch and Trademark Watch