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What Is Trademark Data?

Trademark data is the collection of information about trademarks—i.e., brand names, slogans, and logos. Technically, trademarks only refer to goods while service marks refer to services. However, the trademark data category commonly group  both intellectual properties together.

Where Does Trademark Data Come From?

This data is publicly available, though difficult to work with due to the sheer volume of trademarks available.

Further, the information appears in national and international databases for anyone to browse—but some databases, like most of the EUIPO’s, require you sign up for an account before accessing anything.

Finally, private companies provide trademark data as well, often with update feeds and analytics services.

What Types of Columns/Attributes Should I Expect When Working with This Data?

Common attributes of trademark data include brand, logo image, date of registration, application number, country of origin, country of designation, and country of the trademark holder.

Databases should also have historical information on patents, such as changes in logo design.

What Is This Data Used For?

Economists and business managers use this data to analyze competitors and markets. For example some researchers have determined that trademark data, like changes, registrations, and incorporations, signal market expansion, the development of new services or products, and more.

How Should I Test the Quality of Trademark Data?

By the time of registration, hundreds of people have already reviewed trademarks and service marks, so the data itself is fine. Where you may have trouble is in the search process and the analysis of the data itself.

That is to say, there is a massive volume of data to search through and very little literature on the analysis of it. So if that is your goal, you will have to make your way without much assistance.

However, this does not mean you are entirely alone: public databases and private data vendors offer data and some analytics.

If you choose to use a data vendor like one of the ones on our site, consider their reputation and whether their analytics meet your needs.

Interesting Case Studies and Blogs to Look Into

WIPO: Case Studies: Effective Use of Trademarks and Service Marks by SMEs in their Business Strategies
IPR Helpdesk Southeast Asia: Case Study 09 – Similarity of Goods & Services: Trade Mark Registration in Vietnam

Tangible Examples of Impact

Trademark squatting is common in China – as has been widely reported, these applicants often attempt to extract money for the transfer of trademark rights or they piggyback off the reputation of established brands…Unsurprisingly, trademark squatting can be a real headache for developers.

World Trademark Review: Indie devs and trademarks: exclusive research reveals brand protection issues of independent video games

Relevant datasets

QuickCompany Trademarks

by QuickCompany

QuickCompany Trademarks provides trademark search and registration services. They provide several levels of searches, from local to international and from general to comprehensive (carried out by attorneys). They also provide objection and renewal services as well as education, reports, and consultations.

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GBG IDscan

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GBG IDscan is part proprietary legal document database and part AI color wave tech that can confirm whether a scanned document is likely genuine. Retail companies, police forces, and banks all trust GBG Group’s IDscan.

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