1- Begin with word, phrase, or whole word searches – go to USPTO Trademark Search website under Trademark Electronic Search System (TESS).
2- Select – Basic Word Mark Search – US Trademark Search
3- Enter your word, phrase, or whole word that you want to use to brand your product or service. e.g., purefect
4- Click button “Submit Query”
5- See number of search results – 12 Results. Question- Live/Dead?
6- Review each “Live” trademark and trademark application by clicking each line item.
7- For each mark- Review the “Word Mark” – this is the text of a similar trademark. Does this trademark have the same spelling as your desired trademark?
8- For each mark- Review the “Goods and Services” – this is the classification of goods and services for this trademark. Does this trademark have the same description of product or service as your desired trademark? Tip: trademarks can co-exist if not filed in the same class of goods. Think of Delta faucets and Delta airlines.
9- Review the next trademark in the list.
10- If the answer to question 8 & 9 above is no then this may be a good candidate for a Trademark Application.
Now you know how to do a preliminary trademark search to check for similar marks that were filed before you.
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How to do a Trademark Search
- Trademark Search – US search at US PTO records & written opinion
- Trademark Application – Preparation and filing of US trademark applications
- Trademark Classes – a list of classes of goods, products, and services categories