Before filing a trademark application, a Trademark search must find potential with existing trademark applications and even registered trademarks. A trademark search can be done by providing the word mark and the class under which the investigation is conducted.
A trademark application is made under 45 different classes as per the NICE classification for Trademark. Each of the trademark classes represents a different set of goods and services. To find the trademark class for particular goods or services, an individual should use trademark class finder tools.
IndiaFilings has made trademark search easy through the online tool. But again, this tool might not contain the most recent trademark application information. Hence, it is always better to conduct another online trademark search online on the Government website as a second opinion.
Conducting a Trademark search online will provide the name information of a registered brand name/Trademark, which can be similar (phonetically) to your Trademark.
A list of prohibited marks is provided so that an individual can check whether the brand name or the Trademark falls under such banned characters.
Under the Vienna code classification, if the brand name has a logo, then a trademark search gives you the information and details of similar brand names.
It is essential to conduct a Trademark search to register the applicants' trademark or brand mark logo under the Trademark Act. In case a similar Trademark exists in the registry of Trademarks, the name can be altered, or an individual can select a new name.
If any similar trademark exists, then the newly applied Trademark should be altered, or a new name can be selected.
If the brand name is unique, then one can go ahead to register the brand the name. It is always advisable to conduct a trademark search before filing a trademark application to register the Trademark.
In India, the Comptroller General of Patent Designs and Trademark controls the Trademark registrations and the registered trademarks. Both professionals and non-professionals can use the online trademark search database and non-professionals to do a trademark search.
The Trademark database contains all the trademark applications submitted to the Trademark registrar in India, including all registered, applied, objected, and expired trademarks. A trademark search will give the user an insight into the valuable information relating to the trademark search query.
To conduct a trademark search in India, visit the trademark search database using a web browser.
Select Wordmark as the Search type at the top of the page
Enter the wordmark you would like to search on the trademark database. The trademark database can be compared against the search query with three conditions- 'start with,' 'contains' and 'match with.'
|Start with display all the entries in the trademark search database that start with the value provided for search.|
|Contains all display all the entries in the trademark search database that contains all the value provided for search|
|Match will display all the entries in the trademark search database that matches the value provided for the search.|
The class of the Trademark that is applicable should be entered. Trademarks are divided into 45 classes wherein each class represents a distinct group of goods and services. A registered trademark or trademark application will only be pertinent to the class under which it is applied for
With the final step, you can click on search to begin the Trademark search.
Here is an example with the word Ford.
The trademark search above displays the result of all the trademarks that start with the word “Ford” registered under class 12.
The next " show details " option would display all the information pertaining to the trademark application number, application date, owner information, trademark validity date, the date it is used from, and also a description.
A simple search will bring up a number of matches, and understanding the trademark search status is essential for interpreting the implications.
If "no matches found" is displayed, then there are no registered or applied trademarks that match the query. For a trademark to be registered, it must not be similar to any existing trademarks.
|Trademark Class 1||Chemical used in industry, science, photography, agriculture, horticulture and forestry; unprocessed plastics; chemical substances for preserving foodstuffs;|
|Trademark Class 2||Paints; varnishes; preservatives against rust and against deterioration of wood; colorants; metals in foil and powder form for painters; decorators; printers and artists;|
|Trademark Class 3||Bleaching preparations and substances for laundry use; cleaning; polishing; abrasive preparations; soaps; perfumery, essential oils, cosmetics, hair lotions;|
|Trademark Class 4||Industrial oils and greases; lubricants; dust absorbing, wetting and binding compositions; fuels (including motor spirit) and illuminants; candles, wicks;|
|Trademark Class 5||Pharmaceutical, veterinary and sanitary preparations; dietetic substances adapted for medical use, food for babies; disinfectants; fungicides, herbicides;|
|Trademark Class 6||Common metals and their alloys; metal building materials; small items of metal hardware; pipes and tubes of metal; goods of metal not included in other classes;|
|Trademark Class 7||Machines and machine tools; machine coupling and transmission components; agricultural implements other than hand-operated; incubators for eggs;|
|Trademark Class 8||Hand tools and implements (hand-operated); cutlery; side arms; razors|
|Trademark Class 9||Scientific, electric, photographicl, measuring, apparatus for recording, transmission or reproduction of sound or images; data processing equipment and computers;|
|Trademark Class 10||Surgical, medical, dental and veterinary apparatus and instruments, artificial limbs, eyes and teeth; orthopaedic articles; suture materials;|
|Trademark Class 11||Apparatus for lighting, heating, steam generating, cooking, refrigerating, drying ventilating, water supply and sanitary purposes|
|Trademark Class 12||Vehicles; apparatus for locomotion by land, air or water|
|Trademark Class 13||Firearms; ammunition and projectiles; explosives; fire works|
|Trademark Class 14||Precious metals and their alloys and goods in precious metals; jewellery, precious stones; horological and other chronometric instruments|
|Trademark Class 15||Musical instruments|
|Trademark Class 16||Paper, cardboard and goods made from these materials; printed matter; stationery; brushes; typewriters and office requisites; plastic materials for packaging;|
|Trademark Class 17||Rubber, asbestos, mica and goods made from these materials; plastics in extruded form for use in manufacture; packing, stopping and insulating materials; flexible pipes;|
|Trademark Class 18||Leather and imitations of leathe; animal skins, hides, trunks and travelling bags; umbrellas, parasols and walking sticks; whips, harness and saddlery;|
|Trademark Class 19||Building materials, (non-metallic), non-metallic rigid pipes for building; asphalt, pitch and bitumen; non-metallic transportable buildings; monuments, not of metal.|
|Trademark Class 20||Furniture, mirrors, picture frames; goods of wood, cork, reed, cane, wicker, horn, bone, ivory, whalebone, shell, amber, mother- of-pearl, meerschaum or of plastics|
|Trademark Class 21||Household or kitchen utensils and containers; combs and sponges; articles for cleaning purposes; unworked or semi-worked glass; glassware and earthenware;|
|Trademark Class 22||Ropes, string, nets, tents, awnings, tarpaulins, sails, sacks and bags, padding and stuffing materials(except of rubber or plastics); raw fibrous textile materials|
|Trademark Class 23||Yarns and threads, for textile use|
|Trademark Class 24||Textiles and textile goods, not included in other classes; bed and table covers.|
|Trademark Class 25||Clothing, footwear, headgear|
|Trademark Class 26||Lace and embroidery, ribbons and braid; buttons, hooks and eyes, pins and needles; artificial flowers|
|Trademark Class 27||Carpets, rugs, mats and matting, linoleum and other materials for covering existing floors; wall hangings(non-textile)|
|Trademark Class 28||Games and playthings, gymnastic and sporting articles not included in other classes; decorations for Christmas trees|
|Trademark Class 29||Meat, fish, poultry and game; meat extracts; preserved, dried and cooked fruits and vegetables; jams, fruit sauces; eggs, milk and milk products; edible oils and fats|
|Trademark Class 30||Coffee, tea, cocoa, sugar, rice, tapioca, sago; bread, pastry and confectionery, ices; honey, treacle; yeast, baking powder; salt, mustard; vinegar; spices; ice|
|Trademark Class 31||Agricultural, horticultural and forestry products and grains; live animals; fresh fruits and vegetables; seeds, natural plants and flowers; foodstuffs for animals, malt|
|Trademark Class 32||Beers, mineral and aerated waters, and other non-alcoholic drinks; fruit drinks and fruit juices; syrups and other preparations for making beverages|
|Trademark Class 33||Alcoholic beverages(except beers)|
|Trademark Class 34||Tobacco, smokers' articles, matches|
|Trademark Class 35||Advertising, business management, business administration, office functions.|
|Trademark Class 36||Insurance, financial affairs; monetary affairs; real estate affairs.|
|Trademark Class 37||Building construction; repair; installation services.|
|Trademark Class 38||Telecommunications.|
|Trademark Class 39||Transport; packaging and storage of goods; travel arrangement.|
|Trademark Class 40||Treatment of materials.|
|Trademark Class 41||Education; providing of training; entertainment; sporting and cultural activities.|
|Trademark Class 42||Scientific, design and technological services; industrial analysis and research services; design and development of computer hardware and software.|
|Trademark Class 43||Services for providing food and drink; temporary accommodation.|
|Trademark Class 44||Medical services, veterinary services, hygienic and beauty care for human beings or animals; agriculture, horticulture and forestry services.|
|Trademark Class 45||Legal services; security services for the protection of property and individuals; personal and social services rendered by others to meet the needs of individuals.|
Last updated: Mar 04, 2021