It is highly recommended and accepted best practice to run a trademark search before filing a trademark application. The goal is to detect applications and registrations that represent a potential conflict with your mark.
TYPES OF SEARCHES
There are four types of searches commonly recognized:
Basic searches are run by accessing USPTO’s database.
Preliminary searches are run using special software and tools.
Full comprehensive searches are run using specialized search engines that have access to more databases than a basic and preliminary search.
Full International Comprehensive searches are run for marks with international presence or expansion plans.
The cost of running a basic search is nominal as opposed to preliminary, comprehensive or international searches where more complex factors need to be assessed. A Brandia attorney will guide you through the search process and costs tailored to your business' needs