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Is WIPO enough?

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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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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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