Professional Trademark Search
Great performance, top analysis and practical evaluation
- Result-oriented and cost-effective trademark search
- Optimal use of databases and trademark research providers
- Differences between identical and similarity search
- Likelihood of confusion of trademarks
- Specific characteristics in international law
- Opposition proceedings, grounds for opposition
Aims and objectivesThis course will provide guidance on the basics of professional trademark searches. The instructors will describe the requirements, with practical examples, point out persistent issues and develop appropriate solutions. On the first day, our instructors will provide you with information on the dangers of confusing trademarks. On the second day, you will have the opportunity to apply the acquired knowledge directly and carry out a real trademark search. The course aims to give an in-depth understanding of the trademark search. The experts will show you how to avoid pitfalls and to evaluate similarities of marks. Finally, you will carry out an independent and cost-effective trademark search, and evaluate your results. Attendees will have the opportunity to raise questions on all aspects of the procedures.
1st day & 2nd day: 09:00 - 17:00
- Basics of the danger of confusion
- Similarity of marks
- Similarity of goods and services
- Typeset of danger of confusion
- Opposing marks and characteristics
- Practical training on danger of confusion
- Grounds for opposition
- Opposition proceedings
- Other proceedings
- Why a trademark search is necessary
- Existing search tools, status quo, commercial providers, law firms
- Development of the existing search techniques and the needs of the industry
- Free searches (Knock-out searches) vs. Professional searches
- Practical exercises
- Country-specific features - Common Law rights, countries not using Latin script, countries that do not adhere to the Nice Classification
- Trademark types: word marks, device marks, other types of marks
- How would the type of mark to be searched affect the search strategy
- Aims and strategies
- Identical search, similarity search
- Is the mark completely lost? Further clearing options
- In-use investigation, letters of consent and co-existence agreements, buying out, use requirement and cancellation actions
- Free online search - Romarin, TMview, eSearch, National TMO databases
- Screening options
- Full availability searches
- How to search in cost efficient way
- Commercial registers (company name search)
- Domain name search; title search
- Industry specific searches, e.g. pharma
- Current trends, combining various search techniques/approaches
Maaike Witteman studied law (2007) at Leiden University, specializing in intellectual property law. During the bachelor phase of her studies, she did a minor in business studies. She also took a foundation course in technical business administration. From the Eindhoven office, Maaike advises various medium and large-size companies.
Thomas Golda studied law at the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich, acting as a German attorney since 1995. During his more than 20 years of IP experience, he headed several departments at Brandstock Services AG and Brandstock Legal, gaining significant experience in providing IP services for blue-chip companies worldwide.
Law school graduate, holder of a Master's degree in IP and Competition Law, Ventsislav has acquired significant experience in providing IP services for blue-chip companies as Head of Searches Department at Brandstock AG. He recently joined the trademark team of Syngenta in Basel, where he handles trademark searches on a daily basis.
NL 1054 Amsterdam
Phone: +31 20 6075555
Fax: +31 20 60075511
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