Posted on October 18, 2012 by jmornini
Sometimes modern society gets a bit too self-referential for its own good. If you’ve spent any amount of time on Twitter, you often see tweets about tweets (“Thanks for the retweet!”). The intellectual property field is full of very tech-savvy, forward-thinking individuals who are so attuned to the world of IP that they think about everything through an IP lens, and intellectual property concepts are included in their patent, trademark, and copyright applications. I first noticed this trend when I was looking at the homepage for the USPTO 2012 National Trademark Expo, and I saw the T.Markey logo waving back at me. T.Markey is an anthropomorphized registered trademark symbol, complete with googly eyes, gloves, and a pair of tennis shoes.
T.Markey (image from USPTO website).
I thought, “Wouldn’t it be amazing if this personified trademark was also a registered trademark?” I checked TESS, and sadly I couldn’t locate “T.Markey” as a registered trademark. This experience planted a seed of interest, though, so I began searching for examples of meta IP.
After the jump, read about patent applications, trademarks, and copyright records that begin to loop back in on themselves!
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Posted on August 29, 2012 by jmornini
The US Trademark Electronic Search System (TESS)
is one of many free search tools offered by the USPTO for trademark searchers
who need to locate data on US marks. In the past, searchers would need to access both the Trademark Applications and Registrations Retrieval (TARR) and Trademark Document Retrieval (TDR) systems if they needed to locate both status data and all documents related to the registration of a specific US trademark. The USPTO has recently updated and integrated these two systems into a single interface called the Trademark Status and Document Retrieval (TSDR) system
, and a USPTO press release
announced last week that the TSDR system completely replaces the old TARR and TDR systems as of September 2012. The current TSDR interface has been updated to version 2.0, and a number of new features were added to the system, including a new ““Assignment Abstract of Title Information” section, a listing of the application’s notice of allowance date, links to parent or child applications, and more.
After the jump, check out the full list of updates to TSDR 2.0, and learn about how to locate trademark status data and documents related to specific US trademarks through the system.
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Posted on July 24, 2012 by jmornini
Trademark searching is a specialized skill, and professional trademark searchers have years of experience with Boolean-style searching and knowledge of trademark legislation and search resources. Read our interview
Manager of Trademark Search Services at Landon IP
Kimberly Trainor for an in-depth look at the skills required for conducting effective trademark searches.
Trademark searching is a specialized skill, but it can be very useful to have a basic understanding of how to search freely available trademark databases, especially the USPTO’s Trademark Electronic Search System (TESS). We’ve looked at a case study of hunting for turkey trademarks in TESS, and we’ve also looked at two free alternatives to TESS, TMQuest and Trademarkia. Today, we’ll go back to the basics and look at all the search and viewing features available on TESS. TESS may not have the most attractive user interface, but it offers surprisingly flexible search options through it’s expert search form.
Continue reading for a run-down on how to use the USPTO’s TESS to search for US trademarks!
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Posted on March 14, 2012 by jmornini
Here at the Intellogist Blog, we’ve interviewed a wide range of intellectual property professionals:
Over the past few month, we’ve looked at a number of trademark search tools, but a user can’t conduct a comprehensive trademark search if they lack the necessary search experience and expertise in trademark law. Professional trademark searchers will also have access to both free and subscription trademark search platforms, which allows them to conduct an extensive search of all available databases. Landon IP provides professional trademark search services, and I recently had the privilege to interview Kimberley Trainor, the trademark search manager at Landon IP.
Read on as Kimberley discusses the different types of trademark searches and what it takes to conduct a professional trademark search!
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Posted on March 7, 2012 by jmornini
Professional trademark searchers at Landon IP
need resources beyond US-only trademark search platforms (like TESS
, and Trademarkia
). Professionals are often asked to perform global trademark searches, and they utilize subscription based platforms that will not be available freely to anyone conducting an initial trademark search. For amateur searchers, it can be difficult to locate a high-quality, free international trademark search platform. We’ve already looked at one example of a free international trademark resource, the WIPO Global Brand Database
, and today I’ll highlight another free trademark search platform that allows users to search across 27 intellectual property offices. TMview
is a free search platform maintained by the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM) which allows users to search trademark data from 25 European trademark offices, as well as trademark data from OHIM and WIPO.
Read on to learn how TMview integrates the trademark data of 27 individual offices on an easy-to-use platform that includes advanced features like a command line interface, tabbed result viewing, and the option to create alerts.
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Posted on February 29, 2012 by jmornini
I’m always happy to find new trademark search tools
, especially free search tools that can be used as an alternative to the Trademark Electronic Search System (TESS)
. Professional trademark searchers
are able to easily navigate TESS due to their years of experience utilizing both the command line and search form interfaces, but less experienced searchers conducting a preliminary trademark search may find the TESS interface a bit difficult to use. We’ve looked at one alternative
, a free US trademark search tool created by Minesoft. I’ve recently come across another free trademark search site, Trademarkia
, that also allows users to search for domain names, logos, trademarks currently published for opposition, brand ideas, and the option to search social media networks for brand names.
After the jump, we’ll look at the search features of Trademarkia and see how the site compares to TESS!
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Posted on December 27, 2011 by jmornini
The Trademark Electronic Search System (TESS)
that’s provided through the USPTO website
isn’t the most user-friendly system for trademark searching
. For example, the structured search form on TESS only allows up to two terms to be combined by a boolean operator in a single query, and if the user wants to include more than two terms in the query, they must use the command-line
“Free Form” interface to conduct their search. Help options are available on TESS, but the help materials are mostly available on a separate “TESS Help Menu” page, accessible through a small “Help” option in the menu above the search forms. A small “quick tips” option and a menu of “US Trademark Field Codes” are available on the “Free Form” interface, but the user must scroll to the bottom of the page or navigate to a separate webpage to view these help materials.
Luckily, there is an alternative. Minesoft TMQuest is a free searchable trademark database that covers US registered trademarks from 1881 to present, and the site was created by Minesoft, the company that also produces the subscription patent search system PatBase. TMQuest is an excellent alternative to TESS for preliminary US trademark searches (although professional trademark searches should be utilized if a comprehensive search is needed). Read on to learn about the useful features of TMQuest that make trademark searching more user-friendly, such as a detailed advanced search menu with help materials integrated into the search form.
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Posted on November 23, 2011 by jmornini
Thanksgiving is a dangerous time to be a turkey. I like to plan my annual turkey hunt right before Thanksgiving, so I can get into the shoes of the pilgrims and really get into the holiday spirit. Luckily for real turkeys, I prefer hunting turkey trademarks to hunting those big dumb birds. What can compare to the thrill of the hunt in the Trademark Electronic Search System (TESS)? Trademark searches
are a common occurrence here at Landon IP
, but the turkey trademark hunt is a special holiday event.
So are you ready to hunt the king of birds (and Thanksgiving dinners)? Continue reading as we venture into TESS!
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Posted on November 16, 2011 by jmornini
Here at Intellogist, we’ve made an effort to locate as many possible sources for Indian patent, design, and trademark coverage as possible. Patent searchers
need access to a variety of search systems covering similar patent data, in case the data coverage of one system is lacking and an alternative system must be searched. We’ve compiled a list of India Patent Search systems
in our Community Reports
section, we’ve located available sources of India patent coverage on the Interactive Patent Coverage Map
, and we’ve written a post
on the free Indian patent search systems India BigPatents
and First Indian Patent Searchable Database Ekaswa
. In today’s post, we’ll take a closer look at CIPIS (Clairvolex Intellectual Property Information Services)
, a subscription-based online search and monitoring system for Indian patent applications, granted patents, designs and trademarks.
CIPIS is a product of Clairvolex Knowledge Processes Pvt. Ltd., and non-registered users can search the website through the Quick, Advanced, or Expert search forms for each database and view the hit list for the first four or five results. Users must be registered to access the full result lists and full-record views. Additional services, such as ordering full-text documents, file wrappers, and monitoring of document legal status, are also available through the CIPIS system. The Intellogist Blog recently had the opportunity to test the Patent and Design databases in CIPIS, so read on to learn about the pros and cons of the system’s search functions, display features, and data coverage!
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Posted on April 12, 2011 by jmornini
Who enjoys searching for trademarks? I don’t know many people who like using the clunky interface of the Trademark Electronic Search System (TESS) over at the USPTO website when they need to search for US trademarks. If you’re looking for a better search interface for trademark searching, try using the new WIPO Global Brand Database. You’ll still have to use good old TESS if you’re looking for US trademarks, but the Global Brand Database is an excellent resource for locating “internationally protected trademarks, appellations of origin and armorial bearings, flags and other state emblems as well as the names, abbreviations and emblems of intergovernmental organizations,” according to a recent press release on the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) website.
If you need an in-depth search, you should use the services of professional searchers, like Landon IP’s expert trademark searchers. If you want to do a quick search for international trademarks, then join me in exploring the the features of the Global Brand Database.
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