Websites About Trademark Searching
USPTO Trademark Process - See links for Trademark Basics, Search Marks, File Forms Online, etc.
Bitlaw - Trademark Searching - Trademark searches are highly recommended before any use of a new trademark is commenced. If a search is not performed, a trademark owner with prior rights may force the mark to be discontinued. If this occurs after product introduction, not only are marketing dollars wasted but a valuable commodity (namely, the goodwill that has been developed through the trademark) is destroyed.
Brown & Michael's: How to Do a Trademark Search - Start your trademark search on the US Patent and Trademark Office's "TESS" search system.
Legal Information Institute: Trademark Resources - Notice there are two tabs: "Overview" and "Resources." Check them both out.
Trademark Information Videos
The USPTO supports TMIN, the Trademark Information Network. Here you can view news broadcast-style videos that cover important topics and critical application filing tips.
Videos address the following topics: Introduction to the USPTO and Trademark Basics; Before you file; Searching; Applicant information; Drawing issues; Goods and services issues; Filing basis information; Specimen issues; After you file; Post-registration issues; and Counterfeit Goods: What's the Harm?
This course surveys the legal rules and policies governing how producers of goods and services use trademarks, logos, product designs, and other devices to identify the source of their goods and services in order to protect their good will and prevent confusion in the marketplace. The course focuses primarily on the federal trademark statute and its recent amendments, as applied in both the traditional and electronic marketplaces.
Databases for Locating Registered Trademarks
U.S. PTO Trademark Electronic Search System (TESS) - TESS offers online searching of existing trademark application and registration information, and provides public access to the same text and image database of trademarks as is currently provided to examining attorneys at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
-- View TESS Help Menu that explains TESS fields, search options, and search operators.
-- Read the TESS Tips for useful search information.
-- For video instruction on using TESS, see the video linked in the box below.
WestlawNext - Trademarks -This database includes trademarks, service marks and pending applications registered in the U.S., Canada and some European states. Select the Federal/State/Region link you want and then click on "Advanced"; this will open up a template to use in creating your search.
Using TESS: Video Instruction
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