TM-link: the new database linking international trade mark data

Published: 
16 November 2017

In partnership with Swinburne University of Technology and the University of Melbourne, IP Australia has developed a single, internationally-linked trade mark database called TM-link.

TM-link is a world-first platform that links trade mark applications across countries and helps businesses search for trade marks across multiple jurisdictions.

The current country-specific trade mark databases are expensive and make it difficult for businesses to learn what is already registered in each jurisdiction.

TM-link removes this burden from business and link national trade mark data via company names, text, and images. It opens up opportunities for global research in brand behaviour, trends, and patterns, and helps businesses make evidence-based decisions on whether they should enter the market.

Currently, TM-link includes trade mark data from Australia, Canada, the European Union, New Zealand, and the United States.

In the future, it will expand to incorporate trade mark data from other major economies around the world including the United Kingdom, Germany, France, China, Japan, and South Korea.

To get access to Tm-link please contact chiefeconomist@ipaustralia.gov.au.