Last updated: 
3 July 2017

Australian Trade Mark Search has two different views – Quick Search and Advanced Search.

Quick Search is a single search bar for simple lookups.

To make sure you get the most relevant results, make sure you separate the words out, or focus your search on the most memorable parts of your trade mark.

The system will search for plurals and variations in punctuation. However, it won’t search misspellings, words run together with other words or other variations of the terms you are searching for.

Let’s look at how to use ‘quick search’.

If you type in ‘warp watches’ we get no results.

Getting zero results doesn’t mean that your search is complete. It can mean that you should try other variations.

Go back to the quick search page. What’s the most memorable part of your trade mark? If you sell watches the most memorable part is warp.

If you type in warp the system shows 50 results.

50 results might feel like a lot. Your next step is to focus on filtering down to the most relevant results.

First is to filter down to where warp is in the trade mark words, which reduces your results further.

In the system you are searching across all Australian trade mark applications and registrations in our database, including those that were never registered or are no longer registered.

Next you can filter to only see the pending and registered results. Trade marks in these statuses can be an obstacle to later filed applications.

Now you’re down to 8* results that have warp in the trade mark words and have the status registered or pending.

If you click on trade mark 1481183 you can see it is currently registered. It has been filed, examined, accepted and registered.

This feature also means you can use Australian Trade Mark Search to check where any application is up to.

While both trade marks contain the word warp this one is for diving fins and diving boots. These goods are not related to watches and so are unlikely to be an obstacle. You can go back and look for other trade marks that might be similar to yours.

You’ve searched for ‘warp’. Now you should look for variations of warp. This means running a trade mark search for words that look and sound similar to ‘warp’.

If you need detailed help there is further information within the search system.

Watch this video on YouTube.