How to Search Before Filing: Overview

Before applying to register your trademark through the Madrid System, you should conduct a thorough search to verify that your mark does not conflict with any pending or registered marks in the countries where you are seeking protection.

Searching existing trademarks is a necessary first step. If your trademark infringes on another person’s IP rights or doesn’t comply with local laws, you may not be able to register it.

WIPO and national/regional IP Offices provide databases that can help you find out if a mark similar to yours is already in use for the same or related goods and services.

Get started with your search using WIPO’s Global Brand Database. Learn more.