Trademark Watch Services
The experts of Synergy IP Law Agency will assist you in identifying the signs similar to your trademark and identical signs that were filed for the registration by third parties through conducting the relevant watch services. It will permit to prevent violation of rights to your trademark at the stage of processing of the third party’s application by the patent office through filing an opposition against registration. After a certificate to “a hampering” trademark is granted it will be possible to invalidate it only under the court procedure that will be more time-consuming and more expensive.
Why are such actions necessary?
In several countries, including Ukraine, in the process of trademark registration a substantive examination of a sign is carried out (for similarity with earlier registered or filed for registration trademarks). In most cases, such examination prevents registration of identical or similar signs. At the same time, the cases of registration of conflicting trademarks are not uncommon due to the human factor and subjective assessment of an examiner.
Even more relevant, the monitoring service is for the countries where a substantive examination is not carried out. In particular, European Union Intellectual Property Office after examination of the application on formal grounds (consistency of the documents, payment of fees etc.) publishes it and all interested parties can file an opposition against its registration. In this case, the monitoring is the only efficient mechanism to prevent registration of a trademark infringing your rights.
Cost and time frames:
We recommend conducting the monitoring in Ukraine every three months to have a possibility to file timely an opposition against the registration of a trademark in case if the infringer files an accelerated application.
The cost for watch services depends on the number of variants for the search, i.e. whether it will be the search only for identical trademarks or also for trademarks that are similar to the extent of confusion, and is calculated individually.
We recommend to conduct the international watching bimonthly to have a possibility to file timely an opposition against the registration of a trademark taking into account the peculiarities of international procedures and, if necessary, the need to involve foreign patent attorneys
The cost for international watch services depends on the number of selected countries as well as the number of variants for the search, i.e. whether it will be the search only for identical trademarks or also for trademarks that are similar to the extent of confusion.
Our associates will estimate the cost of the service according to your needs and will be happy to answer all your additional questions regarding watch services. By clicking the bottom below you can leave your request for a free consultation.