What Is A Trade Mark?
A trade mark is a sign, symbol or other distinguishing mark that distinguish the goods or services of one provider from another. They cannot include common surnames, geographical names, registered company names or anything implying royal patronage.
Searching for and Registering Trade Marks
Business @ The Mitchell can find out if a mark is already registered for you using the online MARQUESA
subscription database – contact us with any query or visit the library to use this FREE SERVICE.
Try MARQUESA Search System - one of the most advanced trade mark search systems in the world. Ask for access in Business @ The Mitchell
Once your Trade Mark is registered you must pay a fee every ten years to keep it protected and prove that it has been used in commerce without becoming too generic (ie. Hoover) to renew it.
There are several other online resources where you can search for existing trade marks and register your own: