Can I establish the chances of my trademark being opposed by running a trademark search?

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Written by Jan Buza

Co-founder of Trama

Performing a trademark search can help you establish the approximate chance of receiving opposition. Since all trademark registries are public, anyone can run the search. It can be based on multiple criteria, such as a brand name and the class in which the brand is registered.

Many law firms and companies offer trademark searches for their clients, either for a fee or even free of charge.

If the search shows an identical trademark registered for the same classes of goods and services, the chances of receiving an opposition are very high. In such cases, the IP office can refuse to register your mark due to the likelihood of confusion. If the search shows multiple similar trademarks, the chances that one of the owners will oppose your application are also high. However, it is impossible to predict whether this will actually happen.

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