Trade Mark Watching Searches
A trade mark watching search is a check made at frequent intervals through all available official journals covering trade marks, looking for the publication of marks the same as, or similar to, your mark in the class or classes of goods or services which you specify, and also for marks identical to yours in other classes.
There are several reasons:
We will write to you with details of the mark and brief comment.
A latest date for action will be given; usually decisions need to be taken quickly.
When a new watching search starts, we cannot predict how many relevant marks the watching search will find.
Therefore, for the first year of the watching search, we have a fixed cost.
At the end of that first year, we will review the watching search.
The cost for subsequent years may then vary and this may mean an increase or a decrease in the cost.
In some cases, it may be preferable for the costs of the watching search to be determined by the number of relevant marks found.
We will advise you further about this at the end of the first year.
For the first year, the cost of a “worldwide” watch in one class for one mark will be £300 (+VAT).
It is possible to have a watch for one country or a group of countries. For example, the cost of watch in the EU only is £200 (+VAT). There is however obvious value in having the global picture, especially if it is planned to extend use of the mark overseas.
This charge is billed at the start of the watching year.
Please note that the costs discussed above are for the watching search itself.
If any action needs to be taken in respect of marks found by the watching search, such as filing oppositions, then additional costs will be incurred.
Please let us know if you want a watch to be started.
* former known as a Community Trade Mark (CTM)
This information is simplified and must not be taken as definitive statement of the law or practice.