Reference: WIPO Releases Major Expansion of Global Brand Database
The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) announced today a major expansion of its public database of trademark and brand information.
The newest addition of six national collections of trademark records – including the entire United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) collection – takes the Global Brand Database from 2.2 to 10.9 million records, making it the world’s largest free, public trademark search facility.
“WIPO’s Global Brand Database is now the world’s number one free, public resource for searching trademarks and other brand-related information,” said WIPO Director General Francis Gurry.
The Global Brand Database streamlines trademark searches, allowing users to search simultaneously twelve data collections via a single, intuitive interface, rather than searching separately the trademark data of WIPO, the USPTO, Canada and other participating offices.
The unified database includes:
- WIPO’s own data collections of international trademarks registered under the Madrid System; as well as appellations of origin registered under the Lisbon System; and armorial bearings, flags and other state emblems as well as the names, abbreviations and emblems of intergovernmental organizations protected under Article 6ter of the Paris Convention.
- National data collections made available by the IP offices of Algeria, Australia, Canada, Egypt, Estonia, Morocco, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates and the United States.
Key Search Features Include:
- search by classifications of images/figurative elements and goods and services;
- automatic suggestion of potential matching terms;
- “fuzzy” and phonetic matching of terms;
- facility to search U.S. documents using the U.S. image classification
- filters based on source or legal status
- choice of quick lists or detailed results
- analysis of geographical distribution
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