If you’re in the process of trademarking your business then it can be a bit challenging because aside from the fact that you will be processing it, you also need to perform research to see if it bears some resemblance to existing marks already. This step is important because you will not be allowed to register if your trademark is somewhat similar to the existing marks. You will be required to revise up until you can come up with something unique. So if you plan on doing your own search in finding similar trademarks then here are the things that you should do.
Use online search engines – Use your favorite search engines and type in any business names you have in mind to start your search. The results it will show are the business names that you plan on using. The best way for search engines to return an exact match of the name is to put the entire phrase or name in between double quotation marks. If ever the search yields result that aren’t relevant then try removing the double quotation marks so that you will be getting an even broader search.
Consult with fictitious name databases – There are some states where they maintain a single database for the whole state while there are also that have separate databases for every county. The office of your county clerk will help you what the case for your state is. You can register your name with the state here, and the policies in each one vary differently.
Look up the name using a business name database – If you plan on trademarking a name for a corporation, limited liability corporation or limited partnership, you can use the state’s database to search for the corporate names. The filing office within your state will help you how you can access their very own corporate name database so that you can perform your own search. This is somewhat similar to a name database, but this one is strictly limited to corporations and businesses in general.
Use the Thomas Register to search – The Thomas Register holds a great list of names, registered and unregistered service and trade marks. You can find printed copies of this list from local libraries, and you can even access it online by typing in www.thomasnet.com. This website is easy to use, and you will be able to get your answers in an instant. Just type the name in the search query to start your search, and it will give you the results right away. You can also use the double quotation marks to narrow your search and then remove the marks if you want to broaden it.
Consult with third-party online trademark listings – There sites such as nameprotect.com and trademark.com that provides a list of registered trademarks all over the state. Depending on your preferred site, you may have to create an account first before you can start using it. There are many resources that you can use here. It will also help you protect your name and not let other companies use it in any way.