How to Search Before Filing: Overview

Prior to applying for an international registration through the Madrid System, it is wise to ensure your mark will not conflict with pending or registered marks in the territories of Contracting Parties (members) of interest.

WIPO and national/regional IP Offices provide databases that can be searched to find out if your mark is identical or similar to earlier marks for the same or related goods and/or services. Early discovery of potential conflicting marks will enable you to make an informed decision about your application strategy.