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Trade Mark Search On The OHIM Database

The OHIM headquarters and searching for a trade mark

You can search the OHIM trade mark database on our website to find out if your trade mark is available. There are over 7 million registered trade marks in the OHIM database, which is the European registry of trade marks. Save time and money by searching our fast and easy database to see if your trade mark is available to register.

Our OHIM trade mark search is free and we do not ask for your details. We recommend that you conduct a search to find out if your trade mark is available. Your application can face an objection if you file without checking.

How do you search the trade mark database?

To search our database, type in your trade mark into the search bar shown below and press submit.

The search results

The search results (shown below) will show similar trade marks that can be found on the OHIM trade mark database. The results will only show trade marks registered in the OHIM database which is the European registry of trade marks.

Search results of a trade mark search on the OHIM database

If the trade mark you want to register does not show any similar results, you can proceed to apply for your trade mark.

Things to note

  • When similar results are found, you should put yourself in the position of a consumer and consider if your trade mark can be mistaken for any of the similar marks. If the similarity would be confusing, then you will have a problem.
  • When searching for similar trade marks, your search should include identical marks that can potentially be confused with your trade mark. This will help make sure that objections are not raised when your trade mark is filed.
  • If a similar trade mark is found, you should check the class of that trade mark. There is a good chance that you can file your trade mark if the class of the similar mark is different to yours.

Differences between an EU trade mark and a UK trade mark

Difference between an EU and UK trade mark in an infographic
From the 23rd of March, there have been changes to the EU trade mark registration process. This post has been updated to reflect those changes.

Trade mark protection is regional. A trade mark registered in the UK will only protect the brand in the UK. Companies that trade in different countries have to file a trade mark in each country separately, unless all the countries are part of the European Union (EU). The EU offers a single trade mark registration for all member countries called the EU Trade Mark.

Deciding between a EU trade mark and a UK trade mark

If you trade in countries, which are part of the EU and you wish to protect your brand in these countries, then you should file an EU trade mark. An EU trade mark registration will also protect your brand in the UK and it is a cheaper alternative to filing in each country individually.The brand protection is valid in all 28 countries which are part of the EU.

If you trade only in the UK and wish to protect your brand in the UK, then a UK trade mark is the way to go. Financially, it is cheaper than filing an EU trade mark application and it allows you prevent others from filing a confusingly similar mark in the UK and the EU.

The downside of a EU trade mark and a UK trade mark

An EU trade mark registration protects your brand throughout the EU so no specific country can be selected or excluded.The trade mark application is also at a higher risk of facing an objection from the European trade mark office or an opposition from the owner of an earlier right. As for a UK trade mark registration, it does not give you rights outside of the UK territory.

Please note that if your application is refused, you will not be able to recover the filing fees paid.

Difference between an EU and UK trade mark in an infographic

The Fees

EU trade mark – £700 (€850) for 1 class | £45 (€50) for 2nd class | £135 (€150) per extra class

UK trade mark – £170 for 1 class | £50 per extra class

You can calculate the fees for your trade mark by using our trade mark calculator.

Deciding between filing your application in the UK or the EU is not always as straightforward as you might think. In doubts, it is highly advisable to consult with a specialist in trade mark law who will be able to give you the best trade mark filing strategy adapted to your needs. Click here to complete our form and one of our trade mark lawyer will contact you to discuss your options.

The Trade Mark Registration Process In The EU – Infographic (Updated)

Flow chart of the EU trademark
From the 23rd of March, there have been changes to the EU trade mark registration process. This post has been updated to reflect those changes.

The European Union (EU) provides business owners an opportunity to register a trade mark in all the member states of the EU through a EU Trade Mark. The process has some similarities to the UK trade mark registration process. The registration process takes between 5 to 8 months and gives the trade mark owner legal rights to take action against others who use the brand name without permission.

If you trade in the EU, or looking to expand into the EU then you should register a EU trade mark. The infographic below shows the trade mark registration process in the EU.

The EU trademark process displayed in a flow chart.