Get Started with Trademark Clearance.
In order to receive the full protections afforded by law for your trademark, you must file for federal registration of your mark with the United States Patent & Trademark Office(USPTO). However, before investing your time and money in adopting a trademark and filing an application, it is pertinent that the interested mark be thoroughly researched in order to increase the likelihood of registration and minimize rejection by the USPTO and oppositions by other trademark owners.
The importance of trademark novelty searches is generally disregarded by start up business owners - don't make that potentially costly mistake. Unknowingly investing in a brand identical to or confusingly similar(read more about the legal definition of confusing similarity here) to that of a third-party can result in lost time and money spent in marketing a brand that will have to be abandoned. Business owners should have new brands and trademarks cleared by a Trademark Attorney BEFORE proceeding with development of advertising and marketing materials. We offer a number of search options for business owners interested in developing a new brand.
Basic knock out search
Basic search of the federal registry only for identical marks
Full Federal registry search
All identical and phonetically similar currently registered, pending, and renewed trademarks and service marks, intent to use marks and new applications filed with the US Patent & Trademark Office.
50 State Registry Search
All currently registered, pending, and renewed trademarks and service marks listed with the Offices of the Secretary of State in all 50 US states and Puerto Rico
Common law use search
All public and private companies actively conducting business in the US, through various business and company databases, brands and products databases, and various print and online publications
Including federal registry, 50 state registries, common law search, domain name search and social media search
These searches can help reduce your possible long term costs and include reports with thorough analysis and comprehensive clearance advisory on the availability and potential liabilities of interested marks. Our flexible search plans can be tailored to your mark and your budget.