Where a simple trademark search shall entail a search for any identical marks in the same class of goods and services, a Trademark Clearance Search is a more comprehensive form of undertaking wherein the scope is enlarged and search is made for marks which are not only identical but also marks which might be considered deceptively similar to the mark in question. As the name suggests, the objective is to ensure that there is absolute ‘clearance’ before a particular trademark is submitted for registration. Such a search would be made using several keywords, combinations including aurally similar ones to alleviate the possibility of deceptively similar marks.
Why you need Trademark Clearance Searches?
A trademark clearance search is recommended over simple trademark searches if you wish to strongly enforce your trademark. A trademark clearance search provides a couple of advantages over the simple trademark searches:
- Advising on the risks of using the trademark
- Identifying risks associated with expanding the business or marketing under the trademark
- Assessing the strength of the trademark in terms of third-party use of the same or similar trademarks
- Potential infringements or misuses by others
- Due diligence in mergers, acquisitions, and financing transactions.
Centriik’s Detailed Approach to Trademark Clearance Searches?
- Centriik’s trademark attorneys and analysts conducts the search over multiple jurisdictions, to understand the viability of your mark outside your local jurisdiction.
- Native language capabilities in 16+ languages including CN, JP, KR, FR and DE.
- Provides more accurate results with filing trends and strategies.
- Trademark clearance searches include marks which are unregistered as well, which help you in understanding any potential opposition to your marks and also gives you an overall lay of the industry for your desired goods and services.
- Out-of-the-box approach to verify more than simple database lookup.
- A comprehensive trademark clearance search report shall include the strategy for the search, the jurisdictions desired to be covered, the classes and list of goods and services desired to be covered, keywords, key infringing parties, industry overview, etc.