What is a database for intellectual property rights?

A database for intellectual property rights represents an organised way of storing information for all IP assets that one company or individual owns. Such a database is important because it allows these assets to be managed properly and their protection to be maintained successfully.

The database can include different sections depending on the type of intellectual property. Typically it would give easy access to the relevant information and the necessary flexibility for better efficiency.

Intellectual property databases are absolutely essential for every company or individual that possesses such assets.

Through such a database the owner can look over all of its assets, can follow the relevant deadlines for work with Patent Offices and business partners, can keep an eye on the different terms related to these assets, can work easily with its IP attorneys and customers, etc.

Without an IP database, the risk of missing deadlines or for example a term for renewing IP protection can rise significantly. What’s more, the owner will not know what IP assets possess and can miss opportunities for profiting from them or even can lose money.

The database gives a clear view of what you have and at the same time provides you with an option to manage your assets in a more efficient way.

If we put potential flexibility to the database this by itself can not only organize your assets but can save you time and money in the long run.

There are several options for the creation of an IP database:

  • A standard excel sheet — is probably the easiest way to build an intellectual property database. You can create a classic excel table where to fill in the whole information for your IP rights. The plus here is that this is a very easy way, however, there are several downsides. First of all the excel file doesn’t have reminders that can pop up or can be sent to your email. Even in case, there are some solutions for that you will need to put additional efforts in that regard. Another problem could be if you store this file locally on your computer you can lose it because of technical issues. And when the file becomes too heavy it can be troublesome to be managed.
  • A paid specialised software — is definitely the best option, because such software is built with the purpose of managing IP assets. There are two main downsides, however. The first is that such software is expensive in most cases, which could be a challenge for individual IP owners, small or even mid-sized companies. The other issue could be that the software can be complex requiring some specialised knowledge and training which could prove costly.
  • Adapted cloud-based applications — the third option is to use some cloud-based apps that, while not created specifically for database purposes, with some adjustments could be utilized to do the job. This is a good choice for individuals, freelancers, authors, and small- to mid-size companies and startups. In most cases, it doesn’t require a large budget and it can be used without serious training.

I’m finding this third option quite interesting and capable of doing the job. That’s why I created this a Udemy course in order to show you how to use one such free application, in this case, Asana, to create your own IP database which will serve you well for the purpose it is built for. I hope that you will like the course.

Now there is a promo code — 95% OFF — for the course, you can find it here

You can find a referral link to the course here too.

Malaysia joins DesignView

The Intellectual Property Corporation of Malaysia (MyIPO) has added its national designs to the global database for industrial designs DesignView.

In that way, new 39 000 designs will be available through DesignView which gives access to more than 18 million designs.

All of this means that IP practitioners and business owners now will be able to search for registered designs in Malaysia easily saving time and money while building appropriate design strategies for this country.

A new trademark database for some Andean countries is available

The EUIPO launched a new trademark database called CAN TMView that covers four Andean countries – Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru.

The new trademark database, which is similar to the TMView database, will give access to more than 1.3 million trademarks in those for countries which population exceed 111 million people.

This is a good news for every trademark practitioner that has interest in registration of trademarks for these countries. The database is easy to use and will help a lot for conducting preliminary trademark searches and building appropriate trademark strategies.

For more information here.

China joins the TMView database

EUIPO reports about the addition of the China national trademark database to the global database TMView. In that way additional 32 million trademarks are accessible through TMView which now covers more than 96 million trademarks from around the world.

This is definitely a good news for every company that plans to enter the China market with own brand. Searching for earlier already registered trademarks is a key element when it comes to avoiding unnecessary trademark conflicts.

Source: EUIPO.

One key moment for every brand-building process

Trademark search is one of the most important parts of the brand-building process, although sometimes it is underestimated.

Most people think about brand building only as a marketing process where different marketing specialists develop a new brand name based on a variety of marketing requirements. 

That’s true up to a point but it’s not the whole picture. Why?

Well, the brief answer is that a good brand name doesn’t mean automatically that you can use it without legal obstacles.

What do I mean?

Let’s say, for example, that we have a company that hires a brand-building agency to create a new brand name for its business. The agency does the job and delivers the required brand. From that point we have two possible scenarios:

  1. The company applies for a trademark before the local Patent Office and the brand is registered as a trademark without problems. However, another option here is the brand to fail registration because there are identical and similar trademarks for the same name that are already registered by other companies.
  2. The second scenario is if the company doesn’t care about the registration of a trademark in which case the company uses its brand seamlessly, relying on pure luck. In this case, however, it is possible for the company to be accused of a trademark infringement by an owner of a registered identical or similar trademark if such exist.

All of that can happen because there is no preliminary trademark search in the brand building stage which to show whether or not earlier registered trademark rights exist.

Although you can use your brand without registration as a trademark, sometimes this could be a risk because it can evoke potential legal conflicts. Even without such problems, the brand owner will be in a more difficult position to defend its brand against infringers in the future because of a lack of registration.

So taking into account these options, trademark search is a vital part of the brand-building process. If you implement such a search in every stage of the process, you will be able to avoid conflicts and reduce risk to your business. Such searches will “red flag” possible issues in the early stages of your business development, which will give you more time to react properly.

In case you are interested in learning how to do trademark searches on your own, check this new Udemy Complete course on trademark search, where you will learn how to implement it for the territories of the US, Canada, the UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand.

New database for geographical indications – GIView

Marques Class 46 reports about a new tool for searching of geographical indications.

The new database, called GIview, is offered is offered by the EUIPO. It covers more than 5000 geographical indications from around the world. You can search based on their names or by country. The results can be shown as a list or as a map.

You can learn more for GIView from the video below.