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SEARCH FOR IDENTITY AND SIMILARITY
Before applying for trademark registration, it is recommended to check designation for possible similarity to the degree of confusion with registered trademarks, or trademark applications filed for registration for homogeneous goods or services. Such verification will minimize the risk of the applicant to get a decision on refusal in trademark registration. The search is mostly relevant for those companies that have just started the business or having activity without a trademark registration, since the decision on registration or refusal to register is issued 7 months following the application date, and this is a fairly long period for the company, which is already active in the market and doesn’t have a trademark registration.
The search is conducted in the database of the National Institute of Intellectual Property, as well as on the International Database of the World Intellectual Property Organization (Madrid Monitor).
Search term varies from 1 to 20 business days. As a result of the search, the applicant is provided with a report indicating similar trademarks (according to the expert organization), but we recommend discussing with professionals the results of the preliminary search to assess the registrability of your designation.