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Is WIPO enough?

Located in Legal Discussion, started by Absorve, Oct 8, 2016

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  1. Absorve

    Absorve Established Member

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    Wipo covers a lot of ground when it comes to trademarks. However, it does not cover trademarks for every single country.

    So what is your strategy? Is a WIPO search enough for you? Do you use other tools to check for trademarks before acquiring a domain name?
     
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  3. Absorve

    Absorve Established Member

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    Thanks for your input.

    A simple search for "(name) + trademark" will often suffice or do you go for a more sophisticated search? Also, is Google your one and only strategy for avoiding trademark issues?
     
  4. Kate

    Kate Domainosaurus Rex VIP ★★★★★★★★★★

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    It is a start. If the name is somewhat established it should show up in Google and from there you dig further. TM rights can be enforced without a registered TM so checking TM databases does not suffice. Likewise, most TMs are usually limited in scope or territory. It's perfectly conceivable to use a name that is already used (as a stand-alone or compound word) in a different industry or country.

    So my tenets are:
    • use common sense
    • don't buy a name without a good reason. For a start, would you use it ?
     

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