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How to check the availability of my trademark in several countries at the lowest cost ?

Check the availability of a word mark on a global scale with limited budget? It is possible!

Whenever you have a commercial project abroad and because you know that your trademark means value generation for your company, you have to make sure it is available for registration.

The full international screening search :
The first vital step to any international search project

Why check if a trademark is available for registration?

This is a vital step of the process since a newly registered trademark can be opposed by another trademark’s owner with prior rights. This availability check will allow you to identify possible obstacles to registration, whether it is previously filed marks, famous marks, company names or domain names. This is very important as these prior rights can lead to litigation and, eventually, to prevent you from using your trademark at all.

How can you check the availability of a trademark on a global scale, while limiting costs?

You can do so by conducting an international screening search which will pick up registered identical and phonetically identical marks in up to 165 countries, among all classes of goods and services.

How does this screening search work and why should you order it from us?

The screening search report is delivered to us as a listing of trademarks. Then, our firm reviews the whole list and identify the most dangerous obstacles. For these, we launch further investigations in order to assess the risk and offer a recommendation on how to overcome these obstacles if possible. This single, cost-saving search allows you to easily evaluate the availability of your trademark on a global scale.

Other publications

Swiss authorities relax examination practice for trademarks featuring a place name

The Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property Institute has decided to significantly relax its practice regarding trademarks containing a geographical name. An indication of source is no longer per se found misleading if its correct use is possible. Therefore, under Art. 2 (c) TmPA, it will no longer be a requisite to limit the list of goods and services to their geographical origin for trademarks containing an indication of source. The limitation is requested for some specific indications only, on the basis of the violation of the law in force (Art. 2 (d) TmPA).

Overview of appellations of origin and geographical indications in Switzerland in light of the forthcoming ratification of the Geneva Act

Geographical indications (GIs) and appellations of origin (AOs) protect the names of products for which the quality or the reputation is linked to a specific area. Their registration allows to prevent them from becoming generic or misused, which could not only harm the local producers through unfair competition, but also mislead consumers as to where the goods come from. The way of protecting GIs differs significantly from country to country. In Switzerland, there is a sui generis right system in place. In addition, parliamentary work is under way for the future ratification of the Geneva Act of the Lisbon Agreement on AOs and GIs which would allow to register them through the international procedure at WIPO.

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Based in Geneva, SEDIN assists you in protecting, enhancing and defending your trademarks and intellectual property assets in Switzerland and internationally.