How to Run a Free Trademark Search

Last Updated at: October 09, 2020
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How to Run a Free Trademark Search

A trademark is any unique expression distinguishing your product or service from all others. It could be a brand name, a logo, a slogan, a sound, or even a smell. The purpose of registering your trademark is to ensure that only you have all the commercial rights to it.

Given the rapid increase in business registrations over the past decade, entrepreneurs should run a trademark search as early as possible to ensure that their consumers are remembering their business by their name that is not in use by anyone else in India — or, for that matter, any business that is likely to enter the country.

If this is not done, you may end up having to switch your brand name in due course, thereby confusing your customers. Trademark search is unavoidable to all the companies thereby making sure that their trademarks are precise and lawfully apparent. It makes sure that your trademark is not being tried by any other. So, at the end, make sure that you have a unique trademark for your business or company.

Let’s run a Trademark Search

Choosing a name for your product or business? The first step is trademark searching which is mandatory at the beginning itself. If you have picked out a name for your business and would like to see if anyone else is using it, you can run a trademark search to confirm. This way, even before you register for a trademark, you can confirm its availability in the market and, thus, think of alternatives, in case you are duplicating someone else’s trademark.

You can run a search, free of cost on the Vakilsearch trademark search database, which is up-to-date with all the information maintained by the Comptroller General of Patent Designs and Trademarks. Professionally searching trademarks are precise and accurate. It gives satisfactory results.

The database includes not just approved trademarks, but also recent applications, those that have been objected or opposed, and even those that have now expired. Hence, you can have a comprehensive look at all trademarks available, registered, expired, or even applied for.

Running the search is easy. Simply enter your brand name and select the class under which you wish to trademark it. There are 45 trademark classes in all and each of them covers an industry. For example, Class 5 covers all pharmaceutical products, while Class 29 covers meat, processed foods, and milk. Select the trademark class relevant to your brand and hit search.

The results will tell you whether your trademark is available or has already been taken. 

Know more on brand protection

Particulars for trademark search

  1. Search by relevant particulars like, including prefix or suffix with the word. Checking orthography is also useful
  2. Search by phonetic sound or plurals
  3. Search based on common research of law which includes social media search
  4. Vienna coda search

If all the above-mentioned strategies are obeyed, you can create a unique trademark for your company or business.

Running a Trademark Search via IPIndia

Thousands of consultants and agents daily use the India website to check whether a trademark is taken already. Follow the below-mentioned steps for running a search:

  • Go to the official trademark search page on the website of the Controller General of Patents, Design, and Trademarks
  • Select wordmark and pick either ‘Starts With’ or ‘Contains’, as you see fit, before typing in the word/s you want to register on the page below.

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Results of the trademark search

From the results, you will be able to tell if your trademark is available. If there are many existing results for the name, you may have to change your brand name (do check to see whether the existing results are approved or expired).

If you find that your name has not been taken, do also check for phonetic similarities with other registered names. To do this, you need to select the dropdown at the top of the page (ignore Vienna Code). While the phonetic search is not very accurate, you can say with certainty that your trademark will be approved if there are not any relevant matches here either.

If, after running the phonetic search, your brand name is still available, you can start the registration procedure immediately.

Trademark Unavailable

There are different classes in which a trademark is registered. Select the dropdown menu ‘Class Details’ for a detailed account of different classes under which the trademarks are registered.

If the brand name (trademark) you have picked for your business is already registered by someone else, find out which class it has been registered under. If the class is different than yours, your application is still likely to be approved. However, this will not be possible if the other business is very well known. For example, you cannot register the brand name McDonald’s or Fiat even though you will not be present in the fast-food or automobile business. Your application will be rejected. If the trademark you chose is already taken by someone else, the matching trademark along with the serial number and the picture will be displayed in the table below.

If your chances are still low, do consider a logo composite mark. This would involve the registration of a brand name within a logo. While not an ideal solution, if it is sufficiently unique from the mark it is already clashing with, it should get passed without any trouble. Seeking advice from any professional assistance to get your trademarks would be preferable, in order to prevent flaws.

Benefits of trademark search

  • Even though trademarks searching is a bit complicated, this process is a mandatory aspect for trademark protection
  • We can find out if our trademark name is already brought by someone else
  • It gives us information about prohibited and restricted trademarks
  • We can know if our trademark is phonetically similar to any other trademarks
  • Under the Vienna Code Classification, it provides us with all information about any similar logos (if any) relevant to our trademarks

Vakilsearch will help you, assisting through the complete process of the trademark search. Contact us for the best services and guidance.

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How to Run a Free Trademark Search

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A trademark is any unique expression distinguishing your product or service from all others. It could be a brand name, a logo, a slogan, a sound, or even a smell. The purpose of registering your trademark is to ensure that only you have all the commercial rights to it.

Given the rapid increase in business registrations over the past decade, entrepreneurs should run a trademark search as early as possible to ensure that their consumers are remembering their business by their name that is not in use by anyone else in India — or, for that matter, any business that is likely to enter the country.

If this is not done, you may end up having to switch your brand name in due course, thereby confusing your customers. Trademark search is unavoidable to all the companies thereby making sure that their trademarks are precise and lawfully apparent. It makes sure that your trademark is not being tried by any other. So, at the end, make sure that you have a unique trademark for your business or company.

Let’s run a Trademark Search

Choosing a name for your product or business? The first step is trademark searching which is mandatory at the beginning itself. If you have picked out a name for your business and would like to see if anyone else is using it, you can run a trademark search to confirm. This way, even before you register for a trademark, you can confirm its availability in the market and, thus, think of alternatives, in case you are duplicating someone else’s trademark.

You can run a search, free of cost on the Vakilsearch trademark search database, which is up-to-date with all the information maintained by the Comptroller General of Patent Designs and Trademarks. Professionally searching trademarks are precise and accurate. It gives satisfactory results.

The database includes not just approved trademarks, but also recent applications, those that have been objected or opposed, and even those that have now expired. Hence, you can have a comprehensive look at all trademarks available, registered, expired, or even applied for.

Running the search is easy. Simply enter your brand name and select the class under which you wish to trademark it. There are 45 trademark classes in all and each of them covers an industry. For example, Class 5 covers all pharmaceutical products, while Class 29 covers meat, processed foods, and milk. Select the trademark class relevant to your brand and hit search.

The results will tell you whether your trademark is available or has already been taken. 

Know more on brand protection

Particulars for trademark search

  1. Search by relevant particulars like, including prefix or suffix with the word. Checking orthography is also useful
  2. Search by phonetic sound or plurals
  3. Search based on common research of law which includes social media search
  4. Vienna coda search

If all the above-mentioned strategies are obeyed, you can create a unique trademark for your company or business.

Running a Trademark Search via IPIndia

Thousands of consultants and agents daily use the India website to check whether a trademark is taken already. Follow the below-mentioned steps for running a search:

  • Go to the official trademark search page on the website of the Controller General of Patents, Design, and Trademarks
  • Select wordmark and pick either ‘Starts With’ or ‘Contains’, as you see fit, before typing in the word/s you want to register on the page below.

TM1

Results of the trademark search

From the results, you will be able to tell if your trademark is available. If there are many existing results for the name, you may have to change your brand name (do check to see whether the existing results are approved or expired).

If you find that your name has not been taken, do also check for phonetic similarities with other registered names. To do this, you need to select the dropdown at the top of the page (ignore Vienna Code). While the phonetic search is not very accurate, you can say with certainty that your trademark will be approved if there are not any relevant matches here either.

If, after running the phonetic search, your brand name is still available, you can start the registration procedure immediately.

Trademark Unavailable

There are different classes in which a trademark is registered. Select the dropdown menu ‘Class Details’ for a detailed account of different classes under which the trademarks are registered.

If the brand name (trademark) you have picked for your business is already registered by someone else, find out which class it has been registered under. If the class is different than yours, your application is still likely to be approved. However, this will not be possible if the other business is very well known. For example, you cannot register the brand name McDonald’s or Fiat even though you will not be present in the fast-food or automobile business. Your application will be rejected. If the trademark you chose is already taken by someone else, the matching trademark along with the serial number and the picture will be displayed in the table below.

If your chances are still low, do consider a logo composite mark. This would involve the registration of a brand name within a logo. While not an ideal solution, if it is sufficiently unique from the mark it is already clashing with, it should get passed without any trouble. Seeking advice from any professional assistance to get your trademarks would be preferable, in order to prevent flaws.

Benefits of trademark search

  • Even though trademarks searching is a bit complicated, this process is a mandatory aspect for trademark protection
  • We can find out if our trademark name is already brought by someone else
  • It gives us information about prohibited and restricted trademarks
  • We can know if our trademark is phonetically similar to any other trademarks
  • Under the Vienna Code Classification, it provides us with all information about any similar logos (if any) relevant to our trademarks

Vakilsearch will help you, assisting through the complete process of the trademark search. Contact us for the best services and guidance.

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A lawyer with 14 years' experience, Vikram has worked with several well-known corporate law firms before joining Vakilsearch.