TMview: Search for Trademarks Across Multiple European IP Offices

[tweetmeme source=”Intellogist” only_single=false] Professional trademark searchers at Landon IP need resources beyond US-only trademark search platforms (like TESS, TMQuest, 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.

Search Features

A menu at the top of the TMview homepage (and all sections of the website) allows the user to view various help materials (including a video tutorial and FAQ section), select the interface language (22 available languages), change the text size, and log in to the site (in order to create alerts).  From the TMview homepage, the user can search through:

  • command line interface which accepts field qualifiers, Boolean operators, and wildcard operators. The user can select the small green “?” icon beside the command line to open a window and view help information on correctly constructing a query.
  • An advanced search form (which can be expanded or collapsed below the command line form). Fields in the advanced form include:
    • A list of trademark offices that the user can select or de-select by clicking on checkboxes beside each office.
    • A keyword search form with the options for fuzzy searching and phrase searching.
    • A form for the “trademark reference number”.
    • A drop-down menu of “trademark type” (all, word, figurative, other).
    • A drop-down menu of “trademark status” (all, filed, registered, expired, ended).
    • Applicant name search form.
    • Nice class search form (and option for class look-up).
    • Vienna code search form (and option for code look-up).
    • Option to only show currently opposable trademarks.
    • Application date range.
    • Drop-down menu with result sorting options (trademark name, office, reference number, status, Vienna code, Nice class, applicant name, application date, opposition period, trade mark type, graphic representation).
    • Option to sort results in ascending or descending order.

The advanced search form on TMview.

If a user enters a query in the command line, it will automatically be generated in the correct corresponding fields of the advanced search form when the advanced form is expanded.  The command line also includes an auto-suggest function for search queries from the current session and common trademark names/keywords.

The command line form on TMview, with a search history and auto-suggest function.

Viewing Results

Within the results section, users can view (under 3 different tabs):

  • Search Status – A view of all available offices, with checkmarks beside offices that returned results.
  • Preferences – Select which columns to display, how many results per page, and choose to remember the column layout and expand WIPO designated countries.
  • Create Alerts – Choose to receive email alerts if selected events (name change, status change, opposition period close to an end) occur for selected trademarks.

The search results are displayed below this collapsible menu of options, with (by default) 25 results to a page. The user can select a trademark name or reference number to open the full record, which appears in a new tab on the screen. The user can click on the “List of Results” tab to return to the results list.

The search result list on TMview.

The full record contains collapsible data sections, and a menu in the upper left corner of the record allows the user to navigate to the various record sections (trademark bibliographic data, lists of goods and services, owner, representative, correspondence address, etc). The user can also select to view the trademark record on the website of the office of origin.

The full record view in TMview.

Full records can be bookmarked (in the browser), emailed, exported to PDF/Excel/XML, or printed.

Conclusion

TMview provides an extremely convenient central platform for searching data from multiple international trademark offices at one time.  The search options are very flexible, with a command line option or an advanced form that provides a wide variety of fields.  The interface is also both customizable and easy to use, with prominent help features, collapsible forms and menus, a results list with optional columns, and tabbed record viewing.  Finally, TMview allows users to create alerts in order to monitor the status of specific trademarks.  Although TMview lacks the advanced search and visualization features of subscription databases, such as the ability to combine past queries and visualized analysis of results data, I’d still say that TMview has the most high-quality interface of any free trademark search platform that I’ve seen yet.  Professional trademark searchers have access to both  subscription and free trademark search platforms, and TMview is an excellent addition to the trademark searcher’s professional tool belt.

What do you think of TMview’s data coverage and search interface?  Let us know in the comments!

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This post was contributed by Joelle Mornini. The Intellogist blog is provided for free by Intellogist’s parent company Landon IP, a major provider of patent searches, trademark searches, technical translations, and information retrieval services.

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