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when you create a new business or product or service one of the first things that you're going to do is create a name for it but you want to make sure that you don't go to all the time and effort of creating that name only to find out later that someone else has already registered that name as a trademark so what I'm going to do today is show you a really handy website that you can use where you can check to see if that name or even logo design has already been registered by someone else so let's go over to the computer and I'll show you that site ok folks so this is the website I'd like to take a look at with you today it's the World Intellectual Property Organization website and the address is WIP all dot I n T so if you go to that website address you then will have this page we then need to click on knowledge in the menu and global brand database we want to then click on access the global brand database so I want to do today is I want to show you how to do two simple searches using this database a name search and an image or local search we're going to search for a fictitious company that I'm setting up called a red squirrel and it's going to be a design company so to search for any businesses which have the name red squirrel it's really straightforward you just go to the text area and you type in red squirrel we are also going to put into the goods and services that it is a design service and we just hit search and this is the results that we get so we can see here we've got Red Bull we've got ones just called squirrel and we've got green squirrel we've got purple squirrel we've got design squirrel lots of them here but we do not have red squirrel so it would be okay on the name with that so which is great that's exactly what we want the next thing that we can do is we can actually do an image search to see if there are any logos out there with squirrels in them say we had an idea for a squirrel logo so what you want to do is you want to clear your current search which you can see here you just click on the little checkboxes and that clears the search so we do is you go to the image class section and we typed in squirrel and you'll see on this drop-down it gives us two choices we've got just squirrels or we can have a group so squirrels chipmunks animals which are similar for us we just want to do a search on squirrels today so if you click that you'll see that it changes it into a specific number in the database then you click search and it gives us results 123 pages of 30 results each page of squirrel logos so you can actually have a browse through all of these to see what squirrel logos have been registered as trademarks that will allow you to develop your own mobile concept around a squirrel idea or image and not infringe on an existing one which is in the trademark database and that's it it's really simple to use and it will just give you a little bit more peace of mind that you can use the name that you're thinking of or if it's the other way around it stops you from wasting time and resources pushing forward with a name or a logo design that at the end of the day you're not going to be able to use because someone has already registered it as their intellectual property so they are folks that's the WIPO website it's a great way to do kind of a surface level check just to see if anyone's registered a name that you're thinking about using I would always suggest though that you hire the services of a professional IP lawyer they will do a full and thorough check for you to make doubly sure that the classification that you want to register that Niemann is free if you've liked this video and find it useful I'd really appreciate it if you could share it with your friends and colleagues on social media or by email make sure to give the video a thumbs up subscribe to the channel if you haven't done so already um when you do make sure you click on that little bail icon and you'll be notified whenever I release a new video so until I see you next time stay creative folks
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- Jonah Catherman, Staff Member
okay this is just a quick review of how to use WIPO for searching all of the registration entities around the world for trademarks so it's a global brand database and you can search by brand or by the name of the owner let's go to the actual brand and just make sure this is working so I type in UFC you know I had some other stuff in down at the bottom so you gotta clear out anything at the bottom if you've been working here so here I clicked on UFC and it shows where it's been trademarked in you know it looks like Japan and here's the US maybe the Philippines Australia India and so forth and it's classified under certain classifications in the US we call them international class codes so those are over here on the on the right-hand side so you want to make sure that's in the realm if you're looking for a classical that's different than one of these you still should be able to get a trademark also you want to make sure that it's active versus inactive ok so again I gotta clear that search out I know it's working now I'm going to look for winning edge law altogether and nothing comes up so I'm gonna look for it with double quotes winning edge law close double quotes search and nothing comes up I'm gonna do it again without the quotes but with a separation and everything comes up because it will take each separate word and look in every single place for it so I can wear you out so use the double quotes and go for there also I like I said you could check by my name or serial numbers but most of the time you're gonna be wanting to look in brand
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- Jonah Catherman
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