Trademark Search

What is Trademark Search?

Trademark searching involves investigating existing trademarks within the jurisdiction to ensure that a proposed trademark is available for use and registration without infringing on the rights of existing trademark holders. This process is essential for businesses and individuals who want to protect their brands and avoid legal issues. Here’s how trademark searching is conducted in India:

Steps in Trademark Searching in India

1. Preliminary Search:
  • Conducted to get an initial idea of whether similar trademarks exist in the Indian trademark registry.
  • Can be done using the online database provided by the Controller General of Patents, Designs & Trade Marks (CGPDTM).
2. Comprehensive Search:
  • Involves a more detailed examination of the trademark database.
  • Searches for similar trademarks based on phonetic similarity, visual similarity, and conceptual similarity.
  • Includes checking different classes under which the trademark might be registered.
3. Common Law Search:
  • Searches for unregistered trademarks that are in use in Jurisdiction.
  • Involves looking at business directories, trade journals, websites, and other commercial databases to identify common law trademarks.
4. Domain Name Search:
  • Ensures that the proposed trademark is not already in use as a domain name in India.
  • Important for businesses planning to have an online presence.
5. International Search:
  • If there is a plan to expand the business internationally, an international search might be necessary.
  • Involves checking international trademark databases and understanding trademark laws in other countries.

Importance of Trademark Searching:

1. Avoid Legal Issues:
  • Helps avoid potential legal disputes and infringement claims from existing trademark holders.
2. Brand Protection:
  • Ensures that the brand is distinctive and can be legally protected.
3. Financial Savings:
  • Prevents the costs associated with rebranding, legal battles, and trademark infringement penalties.
4. Registration Success:
  • Increases the likelihood of successful trademark registration by identifying potential conflicts beforehand.


  • Conducting a trademark search in India is a critical step in the trademark registration process. It helps ensure that a proposed trademark is unique and does not infringe on the rights of existing trademark holders, thereby safeguarding the brand and avoiding potential legal issues.

We provide diverse services in the Trademark field including:

  • Trademark Searches in more than 100 countries
  • Proprietor/ Owner/ Applicant searches
  • Drafting specification of goods and services
  • Trademark Application
  • International Registration under Madrid Agreement
  • Convention Trademark Filing in other countries
  • International Registrations (IR) designating India
  • Provisional Refusals response and handling
  • Trademark prosecution
  • Trademark registration
  • Trademark watch in more than 100 countries
  • Response to Office Action
  • Trademark hearings
  • Renewal services
  • Portfolio Management
  • Assignment Recordals
  • Licensing and Recordals
  • Due Diligence
  • Trademark Oppositions
  • Trademark Cancellations
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