You can conduct free searches for trademarks in TPR register. The database contains trademark applications and registered and refused national and international trademarks.
When searching in TPR register, please note that you can find trademarks with elements matching those of your intended trademark, but it is not possible to conduct a similarity search. However, an opposition against the registration of your trademark may also be filed on the basis of a similar trademark. Various commercial search providers offer complex similarity searches.
As a rule, a trademark is used to identify the goods and/or services of an enterprise. Signs suitable for distinguishing goods and/or services of an enterprise from those of another enterprise can be protected as trademarks. These can be, for example, words, letters, numbers, images, but also colours, holograms, multimedia signs and sounds.
trademark protection arises from registration of a trademark applied for in official Register. trademark protection may also arise from the level of recognition acquired due to intensive use of asign in trade or by its general reputation. In addition to the classic individual trademarks, there is also the trademark category of the certification mark. The certification mark is characterised above all by the fact that, unlike the individual trademark, its focus is not on the function of indicating origin but on the guarantee function.