IP Search Services
The search for patents provided by Moeller involves an equivalent and/or subject-matter search of patent literature (also referred to as Patent Clearance) for issued or pending patents of interest.
The results obtained from this search are first compiled in a preliminary report with data obtained from available online databases and additionally in a complete and expanded report with official data provided by the Patent Office of each Latin American country of interest. Upon request, we will consolidate the report with a technical-legal opinion provided by professionals with technical background as well as lawyers. These reports include an analysis of each of the discovered relevant patent documents in order to determine if there are any possible infringements and/or the validity of the patent rights (FTO Analysis).
Our options for trademark search include identical (restricted, regarding only identical trademarks) or similarity both, with or without legal opinion. Different combinations can be chosen.
If you are searching in international class 5, we suggest adding our Pharma-in-use-quick-check service. In this search we will determine whether or not a brand name is in use in the pharmaceutical market.
Either search (identical or similar) may be ordered without a legal opinion if you determine that one is not necessary. However, you should be aware that Latin America has its own particular legal framework and that the information obtained from local databases is not always as accurate. Therefore, the legal opinion of a local professional who can advise on regional restraints, as well as how to overcome them, can be of great help.
Design TM Search
These searches, which center on the graphic part of the TM, must be conducted manually in most countries and their reliability and turnaround varies depending on the specific country.
Company Name Search
Our options for a company name search are: identical, with or without legal opinion.
While you may not consider that an identical company name search requires a legal opinion, you should be aware that Latin America can be regarded as a complicated region. Therefore, we always recommend obtaining a legal opinion issued by local professionals who will be able to include information that may be off the record and pertain to specific local proceedings; this will guide you as you establish your new business and/or change its name.
TM Ownership Search
This type of search identifies all trademarks applied for/registered in each country by one single owner. We need only the name of the owner (company or individual) to perform the search.
Our options for a TM ownership search are with or without legal opinion.
We strongly recommend obtaining a legal opinion with your search in order to be assured that name changes and/or assignments are included from all countries. The legal opinion represents our added value because it is formulated by a team of highly qualified professionals in each country.
This type of search represents an extra option highly recommended for similarity TM searches in international class 5 (pharmaceutical products).
We will verify whether or not all relevant TMs cited are in use in the local pharmaceutical market. This information will determine what possible legal action may be taken.
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