Understanding trademark searches in Nepal
A trademark search in Nepal can be for both word and device marks. It is advisable to conduct a trademark search prior to filing a trademark application to ascertain the availability of trademarks, existence of prior identical/similar marks on the register etc., so as to avoid any objection and opposition with respect to the mark. Although, search is not mandatory for filing the application, it is advisable to conduct a preliminary search for the proposed trade mark before filing the application in order to avoid any objection and opposition with respect to mark later on.
Trademark searches in Nepal can be conducted for word mark, numerals, labels and device mark. Device mark searches can be conducted through Vienna code.
Trademark searches can be classified into following categories:
- Word Search
- Device Search
Trademark word search edition of Nepal follows the nice classification and trade mark can be filed for goods in class 1-34 and services in class 35-45. Trademark searches in Nepal can be conducted for the desired class and associated classes.
It is advisable to conduct comprehensive trademark clearance search in Nepal to ascertain availability of the proposed mark and also to overcome any objection and opposition with respect to mark later on.
Along with trademark search, it is also advisable to do a comprehensive company search and domain search of the proposed trademark in Nepal.
Device Mark Search:
It is advisable to conduct a comprehensive search for a figuration trademark. The device marks include individual marks such as stylized letters, numerals, shapes, plants, celestial bodies, living creatures etc. or combination of marks containing device marks. A device mark search in Nepal can be conducted amongst the marks filed and registered as per the Vienna code classification.
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