Searching & Clearance


Searches are a vital part of selecting a trade mark. The purpose of a search is to ascertain the commerical and legal risk of infringing third party rights and identify potential obstacles to registration.

Spruson & Ferguson (Australia) has its own in-house searching department which can conduct direct searches of the Australian and New Zealand Trade Marks Office records. These searches are extensive and based on wide knowledge built up over many years of experience. Our reports include details of any relevant names for the exact mark found through domain name, company and business names, appropriate trade sources and internet enquiries.

We can conduct a search of available Trade Marks Office records and provide a written opinion, including a discussion of relevant prior conflicting marks and recommendations.

Please complete these details to download your free copy of our Trade Marks Guide for Australia.

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