Common law searches

Common law searches

It is a challenge to find and secure new and original trade marks. More often than not an identical or similar mark already exists. Having reliable and substantiated information is the key in the decision process. Our common law searches identify unregistered trade mark use  and potential prior-rights in the market of interest. This is a useful tool when considering filing a registration or when opposing the validity of existing registered trade marks.

We undertake a comprehensive analysis of research resources beyond standard Internet searches – news media, social networking sites, B2B resources and advertising databases. This is supplemented by research from a comprehensive range of industry specific resources such as retailers, product databases and publications. The research element provides an initial assessment of whether there is use of marks identical or similar to those of interest to our client.

Our common law searches analyse all the information obtained from our research and use this to compile a comprehensive report with a clear conclusion allowing for informed decisions to be made. Our reports are compiled electronically together with all supporting information.

Pricing & turnaround

We offer a range of turnaround times for our common law searches from a standard 5 working days to 24 hours, or less,  depending on the level of urgency. Prices are typically on a fixed-fee basis including online charges.

Please contact us to discuss your specific needs.