Prior art search
Is your trademark really available? And how can you avoid counterfeiting?
Before launching a new product or service and committing costs, it is better to check that your trademark does not run the risk of infringing on a trademark registered beforehand by a third party or by a competitor.
In France, the INPI does not check the availability of trademarks. So, before filing any trademark, it is indispensable to check the availability of it by conducting a prior art search. This prior study must not be limited to searching for identical trademarks. It also has to cover similar trademarks that have spelling, phonetic or intellectual similarities with the sign that you have chosen. It is also suitable to expand the search, in particular to company names, and to domain names.
Databases are available to search for existing trademarks (Google®, INPI, EUIPO, WIPO). But a legal analysis of the elements collected requires specific skills that Cabinet Roman offers.