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How to Conduct a Trademark Clearance Search for Your Brand

Joshua Julien Brouard

Joshua Julien Brouard

11 October 20233 min read

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So, you've got this brilliant trademark idea, and you're all set to conquer the world. But hold on a minute! Before you embark on your trademark adventure, there's a crucial pitstop you can't afford to skip: the trademark clearance search. Let's dive into this exhilarating journey together and discover why it's your brand's best buddy.

Start your trademark expedition with a knockout search. Think of it as your brand's self-defense class — a quick check that could save you from unexpected foes. If your dream mark already has an alter ego, it's time to consider a heart-to-heart with a trademark attorney about a coexistence agreement. 

But be prepared to change your mark if needed. Feel like giving it a shot? You can perform a free trademark search at Trademarkia.

Now, you might wonder, "Do I really need an attorney?" Well, the USPTO suggests it, and for a good reason. They won't do the searching for you, and they won't decode the search results. The real magic behind trademark search tools lies in the hands of the experts.

Remember, conducting a thorough search is like writing code — it ensures you catch all the right data from various databases. Miss something now, and you might end up in trademark trouble later.

Search for similar marks

Trademark clearance searches are like playing detective but with words. Unlike those simple domain name hunts, here we're on the lookout for anything remotely similar to your mark. The USPTO can slam the door on your dreams if they even smell a hint of confusion. That means phonetic spellings, tricky translations, and more are all fair game.

Search federal and state databases

Trademark owners can stake their claim at different levels — federal or state. This adds a fun twist to your search adventure. Picture this: a mark could be ruling one state but still considering its options at the federal level. It's a trademark maze.

In this thrilling search quest, you'll rely heavily on the Trademark Electronic Search System (TESS). It's like your trusty treasure map for exploring the USPTO federal database.

Search registered, pending, canceled, and abandoned marks

Don't just stick to the live, registered marks. Be adventurous! Dive into pending applications and dissect the mysteries of abandoned marks. Your attorney will be your Sherlock Holmes in this search drama, interpreting the clues like a pro.

Double-check with the USPTO

Don't put all your trust in one place. Attorneys know the importance of double-checking, so they cross-reference with the USPTO database. It's like using an ultra-powered magnifying glass to spot the tiniest clues. Lawyers must conduct the ultimate search to live up to their legal superhero status.

Search under similar goods or services

In this trademark expedition, you'll need to narrow down your search to your industry but cast a wider net. The closer the existing mark is to your territory, the higher the stakes in this trademark adventure.

How your attorney can help if a similar mark exists

If you stumble upon a mark that's a doppelgänger to yours, don't panic. Your trusty attorney can play diplomat and negotiate a coexistence agreement. Think of it as a peace treaty between you and the other mark's owner. The USPTO may give it a nod during their review, but they're not bound by it.

And here's the pièce de résistance: when you choose Trademarkia for your trademark application, you're not just getting a registration; you're getting a trademark partner for life. Our experienced attorney will be your guide from the clearance search to registration and beyond.

Ready to embark on this trademark quest? Talk to a Trademarkia attorney today and complete your trademark filing online! Protect your brand and set sail for trademark success.

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How do you do a trademark clearance search?

Doing a trademark clearance search involves becoming a trademark detective. You'll explore various databases to ensure your mark isn't stepping on anyone else's toes. It's a task best handled by the experts.

How do you perform a trademark search to determine if it's already registered?

Start with a knockout search to spot any glaring issues. If it looks clear, dive into comprehensive searches, examining similar marks, federal and state databases, and more. This trademark treasure hunt is a complex game best played by professionals.

Can I do a trademark search on my own?

Sure, you can give it a shot, but it's like trying to scale Mount Everest without a guide. You might make it, but the risk of missing important details is high. It's smarter to team up with a trademark lawyer — they have the skills and tools for a thorough search.

What does a trademark search include?

A trademark search is like peeling back layers of an onion. It involves digging into existing trademarks and looking for similarities to your proposed mark. This includes phonetic matches, spelling variations, contextual considerations, and even industry and geographic factors. It's a deep dive into the trademark world.

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Joshua J. Brouard brings a rich and varied background to his writing endeavors. With a bachelor of commerce degree and a major in law, he possesses an affinity for tackling business-related challenges. His first writing position at a startup proved instrumental in cultivating his robust business acumen, given his integral role in steering the company's expansion. Complementing this is his extensive track record of producing content across diverse domains for various digital marketing agencies.