Understanding trademark searches in Sri Lanka
CONDUCTING INDEX TRADEMARK SEARCHES IN SRI LANKA
An index trademark search in Sri Lanka can be conducted for word marks as well as device marks. Prior to filing of a trademark application, it is advisable to conduct a trademark search to ascertain the availability of deceptively similar trademarks, existence of prior identical/similar marks on the register etc.
Trademark search is conducted to avoid any objection and opposition in future on the grounds of prior similar marks.
Trademark searches can be classified into the following categories:
- Word Search
- Device Search
Word Search in Sri Lanka:
Word mark search edition of Sri Lanka follows the Nice Classification and trademark can be filed for goods falling under classes 1-34 and services falling under classes 35-45. Trademark searches in Sri Lanka can be conducted for the desired classes and associated classes.
Along with trademark search, it is also advisable to conduct a comprehensive company search and domain search of the proposed trademark in Sri Lanka.
Device Mark Search in Sri Lanka:
Device mark or figuration trademark includes marks such as stylized letters, numerals, shapes, plants, celestial bodies, living creatures etc. A device mark search can be conducted in respect of desired goods and services falling under classes 1-45.
A device mark can be searched with the help of International Classification of Figurative Elements of Marks which prescribes Vienna Codes for different figures.
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