Before applying for a trade mark it's wise to conduct a detailed search to make sure there are no similar trade marks already pending or registered. It's a good idea to search as widely as possible.
Searching is not as simple as it sounds. It requires skill and persistence as merely searching for an identical mark is not sufficient.
An IP professional may be able to provide you with further assistance and advice.
In addition to using our Australian trade mark search you can also:
- search trade mark classifications: will help you decide which class your goods and/or services fall into, to check whether there are other people using a similar trade mark in your class
- use trade marks image viewer: to help you view trade marks that contain pictures or fancy typescripts
- search for Australian surnames: because you may not be able to register a surname as a trade mark if it is considered a common surname. 'Common' is defined as a name that occurs 500 times or more.
Using our Australian trade mark search
Our free and comprehensive search system will help you find out:
- whether the name or logo you want to trade mark is already in use
- if your new product name or logo can be protected by trade mark registration
- similar trade marks in the market that may conflict with yours
- whether or not the use of your new product name or logo will infringe on another person's rights.
Australian trade mark search video series
This series of short videos will help you to use Australian trade mark search effectively and thoroughly. It provides tools and tips to do a comprehensive search and locate trade marks that are the same or similar to yours.
Part 1: an introduction to ATMOSS
Part 2: how to access ATMOSS and its functions
Part 3: consider your own trade mark
Part 4: developing a search strategy
Part 5: understanding search results and useful tips