Searches in IP databases

There are numerous options available when it comes to performing a search of existing rights. You can, for example, choose to look at the rights of competitors – or perform a search in the relevant classes. If you have lost track of your own rights, you can perform a search on your own company name. Here you can see some of the most common search options: 

Searches performed by yourself

Here you can perform initial searches – e.g. whether and where the new trademark you have created is registered or what competitors have chosen to patent.

Trademarks: TMview   lists details of trademarks from a host of countries, including Denmark and EU trademarks (EM). 
Patents: Espacenet   lists details of patents from a host of countries, including Denmark.
Designs: Designview  lists details of EU designs and designs from certain other countries.  PVSonline  lists details of Danish designs.

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Searches and monitoring – examples of types and what they are used for

IP consultants, the Danish Patent and Trademark Office and others offer various types of searches and monitoring against payment. Some of the most common types are:

Trademark

Preliminary search which is usually performed during the concept phase where you receive help to find similar trademarks and logos in the relevant classes.

Monitoring, which you can perform to monitor whether others are applying for trademarks similar to those of your company.

Patent

Freedom-to-operate search: Used to gain an overview of what is patented within a specific technical field so you can see where there is oppertunity to develop your idea or invention.

A novelty search, which assesses whether your product is novel and deviates significantly from known knowledge. This is often used early in the process if you want to know of potential obstacles to registering a patent or if you want to cite prior art in your patent application.

An infringement search is used by many companies when the product is fully developed and they want to assess whether it infringes on existing rights. 

Design

A design search, which provides an insight into whether your design is similar to designs that have previously been registered. Often used prior to production and marketing.

Competitor monitoring with regular updates on what your competitors are registering so you are informed about their activities.