Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Design logo searching

Dear Rich: I have a question. Last week, you talked about trademark logos. How do you search the USPTO database to find conflicting design logos? You can search design logos as follows:
  1. go to the USPTO website
  2. under Trademarks (on the left), click "Search TM Database"
  3. then click "Free Form Search (Advanced)"
  4. enter a word or words in the search box that signify what you're looking for followed by [DE] (which stands for "design element").
So, for example, if you were looking for design logos that included a meerkat (no not this meerkat) you would type: meerkat[DE]. Cute, huh?