Availability search

In order to be able to register and/or use a trademark, you first have to find out whether it is available. An availability search will discover if any registrations already exist that might be prohibitive for your trademark. The trademark attorneys of NLO Shieldmark can carry out an availability search – in urgent cases within 24 to 48 hours if necessary – in all the official trademark registers.  


Existing or similar trademarks

During an availability search, NLO Shieldmark will investigate whether any identical or similar trademarks are already registered in the trademark registers. If a third party already has older rights on a trademark, it is likely that they will file an objection to the application for the registration of your trademark. Furthermore, any similar trademarks already registered for similar goods and/or services can also be uncovered by the search.


An availability search can look into all the different aspects of a trademark. This can include:


  • Words
  • Names (e.g., product name, brand name, company name or personal name)
  • Character or number combinations
  • Abbreviations
  • Slogans
  • Logos
  • Symbols
  • The form of a product
  • Packaging
  • Sounds


Search findings

An availability search will give you an overview of all the potential threats to your trademark. The trademark attorneys of NLO Shieldmark usually carry out searches within the Benelux region, but a European-wide search can also be carried out if required. An availability search can also be completed within as little as 24 to 48 hours if necessary.



Are you interested in an availability search for one of your trademarks? If so, contact us now.

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Fake invoices

Fake invoices are unfortunately a well known problem among trademark owners. A fake invoice is a misleading invoice (or letter) which reffers to a trademark, design, patent or patent application. A payment is requested for a publication in a register or to extend the validity of a registration.They use names like Worldwide database or Trademarks and Patents, Euro IP Register, International Patent & Trademark Database.


More information and examples of fake invoices


Our advice: don't pay. Please contact us is you have any doubts.

NLO Shieldmark wins Award ‘Benelux - Firm of the Year for Trade Mark Prosecution’

NLO Shieldmark is proud to have been voted ‘Benelux - Firm of the Year for Trade Mark Prosecution’ by the highly respected Managing IP magazine. The award was presented on Thursday 10 March 2016 in London.


We wish to thank our clients and fellow professionals for their positive feedback and for believing in our quality and service.