Trademark Search Services

SonnabendLaw offers a range of fixed-price, surprise free trademark search and counseling services. Each search type is carefully tailored to satisfy a specific need of trademark owners. Please contact us if you have any questions about which combination of searches is most appropriate for your needs.

Eliminating Unusable Marks – The Federal Registration Screen

This is the most basic search we offer. The Federal Registration Screen is designed to eliminate marks with poor likelihood of registration based on existing applications or registrations. It is not designed to tell you whether a mark under consideration has a reasonable likelihood of registration (use the Federal Trademark Office Search for that).

The Trademark Federal Registration Screen includes a search of the federal trademark database, including both live applications and live registered marks, for marks substantially the same as your mark. The search does not seek to include marks which are merely similar but not substantially the same as your mark.

The fee for this search, with report, is $175 per mark. Only non-graphical “word marks” can be searched.

Determining Registerability of a Mark in the U.S. – The Federal Trademark Office Search

This search is useful when deciding whether or not to seek federal registration of a mark. It searches the same information a trademark examiner will search when he or she reviews your application.

The Federal Trademark Office Search includes a search of the federal trademark database for both live applications and live registered marks. It looks for marks substantially the same as or confusingly similar to your mark. The search does not include searches of international, state or common law databases.

The fee for this search, with report, is $275 per mark (word marks), $325 per mark (logos). Both graphical marks and non-graphical “word marks” can be searched.

Determining Registerability of a Mark Internationally – The International Search

This search is useful when deciding whether or not to seek registration of a mark outside the U.S. It searches the same information an international trademark examiner will search when he or she reviews your application.

The International Search includes a search of all available non-U.S. databases for both live applications and live registered marks. It looks for marks substantially the same as or confusingly similar to your mark. The search does not include searches of U.S., state or common law databases.

The fee for this search, with report, is $350 per mark (word marks), $400 per mark (logos). Both graphical marks and non-graphical “word marks” can be searched.

Determing Freedom to Use a Mark – The Unregistered Use Search

Under U.S. and international law, unregistered prior uses of marks similar to yours may interfere with your ability to use your mark. The Unregistered Use Search helps you determine the extent, if any, of such unregistered prior uses. The search covers several different sources, including broad web searches, shopping searches and international brand databases. With the results of an Unregistered Use Search in hand, you will be better able to determine your rights to use your mark throughout the United States and internationally.

The Unregistered Use Search looks for marks substantially the same as or confusingly similar to your mark, but does not include a search of application and registration databases.

The fee for this search, with report, is $325 per mark. Only non-graphical “word marks” can be searched.

Determining Freedom to Use a Mark – The State Registration Search

The State Registration Search helps you determine the extent of state registrations of marks that might conflict with your mark. The search covers state trademark registrations for all fifty states (to the full extent that states make make current records available). State Registration Searches are a perfect supplement to Unregistered Use Searches, together giving you a very clear picture of your rights to use your mark throughout the United States.

The State Registration Search looks for marks substantially the same as your mark, but does not include a search of the international register or any international right to use searches.

The fee for this search, with report, is $275 per mark. Only non-graphical “word marks” can be searched.