Markify is now adding domain names from all the new gTLDs, as they are being released, to our global  Domain Name Watch service. And the price remains the lowest in the industry: $29/year per watched brand.

If you are in the process of evaluating different domain name watch services (sometimes called Brand Monitor, Brand Alert or Domain Monitor), you should know that there two things that set Markify apart:

1. Similar results

We will not only give you identical matches of the brand, but also phonetically identical and phonetically similar results. To our knowledge, no one else does this.

So if you are Pepsi Co and want to be alerted when confusingly similar domain names are being registered, you will get reports with results like this from us:

  • PEPPSI.com
  • PEPSEE.camera
  • BUYPEPSINOW.net
  • PEHPSI.org
  • PEBSI.guru
  • PEPSI. de

2. Best price

We believe all brands should be able to afford  a domain name watch. And the cost for monitoring your brands at Markify is only $29/year per watched brand.

For this price we will watch your brand in the old (.com, .net, .org etc) and new gTLDs and in more than 200 ccTLDs (.de, .fr, .se, .jp etc).

This low price also means that you can easily monitor hundreds of brands. A lot of trademark attorneys put in their whole portfolio of trademarks into the Markify domain name watch system. Then they offer their clients to monitor the reports for a fee (maybe $200/year). And when there is an infringing domain name, they alert the client and may get new work. A win-win situation.

If you have found a better or cheaper domain name monitor service, please send me an email at benoit at markify.com. Thanks!

The winner of the new iPad was Lisel Ferguson from Procopio in San Diego. Her comment was:

“I am SO happy I won!”

All you who visited our booth during INTA 2013 in Dallas, and didn’t win, will in the next few weeks get offers worth way more than an iPad ;-)

During the INTA (International Trademark Association) Annual Meeting in Dallas last week we choose once again to be an exhibitor. It was our third Annual Meeting after San Francisco 2011 and Washington DC 2012. These meetings gather more than 8000 trademark attorneys and domain name professionals.

For a start-up it is always difficult to decide where to put your limited marketing dollars. But I must admit that I love these types of exhibitions or trade shows. There are four major reasons why we choose to invest in these events:

  1. Market overview. You get a very good sense of what services are out there and you get a chance to talk to the different service providers.
  2. Future sales. The contacts for future sales are very valuable. I would argue that the people coming in to your booth, probably are some of your most motivated, potential clients. I ended up with +400 business cards from people I believe can become some of my most important clients.
  3. Product feedback. The detailed feedback you get and the possibility to develop your product together with the potential client.
  4. Meeting competitors that may become future partners.

If you run a company and don’t do trade shows, I would recommend you try one.

If you are in the trademark or domain name business, I suggest we meet at the next INTA annual meeting, in Hong Kong 2014.

Markify is exhibiting at INTA 2013 meeting in Dallas. If you are in Dallas make sure you come by our booth to get some very interesting offers.

One of our offers is:

Global Domain Name Watch including all the new gTLDS coming later this year +200 of the older gTLDs and ccTLDs. All for $29/year per watched name.

This way you can offer all clients a monitoring service that finds not only identical but also similar domain names. And at a price much lower than the Trademark Clearing House.

Welcome!

Markify’s trademark search engine just became a lot more global. We have added another 650.000 international trademarks to our trademark search engine.

All these trademarks come from the WIPO trademark database, sometimes called “ROMARIN”. (WIPO is the United Nation’s organization that administrates the Madrid system, through which you can get a trademark registration in approx. 80 countries.)

I think this means that Markify today is the world’s only free trademark search engine that covers both the US (USPTO), EU (CTM/OHIM) and international (WIPO) trademarks.

A total of almost 4 million live trademarks, updated every 24 hours with 400.000 new marks per year.

We are also the only free trademark search that gives you a proper list of confusingly similar trademarks, where there could be a likelihood of confusion.

Some of the other providers try to do this with “fuzzy search”. The problem with “fuzzy search” is that it is “fuzzy”. It misses too much and gives you to much noise. A good similarity algorithm should not be “fuzzy” but very distinct, based on statistics.

We have based our algorithm on more that 10.000 actual cases where a government employee has said that these two trademarks are confusingly similar.

So now you can get the best trademark search results, including all classes, also for WIPO trademarks – for free.

Trademark attorneys should know that we have added the WIPO trademarks – without raising our price of $100 – in our premium products: US Comprehensive Trademark Search and EU Comprehensive Search.

Entrepreneurs and start-ups that uses our Trademark Registration should know that these Comprehensive Search reports are always included in our Trademark Registration service.

All our Trademark Watch and Monitor customers will now also be getting international WIPO results in their reports. At no additional cost.

After months of work the Markify trademark registration service is launched. When we set out to build the world’s best trademark registration service we made the following list of criteria:

  1. Easy and fast trademark application.
    • Start-ups and brand builders expect a web service to be easy and fast. Anything else is failure.
  2. Help from experienced trademark attorneys.
    • Sure, you can do a trademark registration without the help of a trademark attorney. But in most cases it’s a bad choice because of:
      • the time it takes,
      • the small money you save and
      • the risks involved.
    • We have put together a small network of independent trademark experts in the US and in Europe. Some of them run their own trademark law firm. Some work for big IP focused law firms. They all have in common that they are passionate about trademarks.
  3. Focus on EU and US trademarks.
    • A CTM trademark registration from OHIM covers 27 EU countries in one application. With a government fee of only € 900 it is often the best deal for ambitious start-ups. CTM is also the fastest growing trademark registration in Europe.
    • A USPTO trademark registration protects your brand in the world’s most important market, the US, and the government fee is only $325 per class.
  4. Leverage the Markify comprehensive search technology.
    • Every Markify trademark registration gives you a Comprehensive Search that finds 99% of all confusingly similar brands (CTM, USPTO, Domains and Common law).
    • You also get a Comprehensive Trademark and Domain Name Watch that will help you protect your new brand.
    • These two services are included and only available through Markify.
  5. Cheaper than any other trademark registration service.
    • Our attorneys could give us rock-bottom prices, since we are giving them a new client on a “silver platter”. All client and trademark details are filled in and all fees are payed for.
    • The pricing goes from $199 (Core package) to $499 (Full package) + government fees for a USPTO trademark. And from € 299 (Core) to €499 (Full) + government fees for a CTM/OHIM trademark.
    • Another reason our pricing can be so low is that the Comprehensive Search is relevance ranked, which makes the job much easier and faster for the trademark attorney.

How do you think we can improve the trademark registration service? Send me an email at benoit followed by our domain name!

The last months we’ve been busy building a whole set of new search and monitoring services for trademarks and domain names. Some of these services are tailored for start-ups and brand owners and some for the trademark professionals.

At the same time we have added some useful trademark and domain databases.

The launch of these services is taking place at the opening of INTA 2012 in May in Washington DC.

The new services and databases have been bundled into three packages with a very competitive  pricing:

1. Brand Protect Kit at $5/month

Every living brand deserves to be protected.

Our new Brand Protect Kit is designed to give the brand owner a broad protection at a very little cost. The package includes four different watch and monitoring services, covering both trademarks and domain names on a global scale:

  • Trademark watch (1) for the US , EU (CTM) and International (WIPO) – Finding 99% of conufsingly similar new trademark applications. Only with Markify.
  • Global domain name watch (1) – Finding conufsingly similar new domains
  • Competitor/Owner monitoring (4) – Get alerted about new trademark applications by your competitors
  • Category monitoring (4) – A combined class and key word monitoring. Only with Markify.

Read more in the blog post Global domain and trademark watch included in new Brand Protect Kit

2. Pro Watch Platform at $5/month

The new Pro Watch Platform is a trademark and domain name watch service, designed both for the inhouse attorney and for the law firm that wishes to give all its’ clients a powerful Brand Protect Kit.

For only $50/month you can easily create 25 Brand Protect Kits, all in your custom branding. A powerful tool to give clients a “first line” protection against trademark infringement.

Read more in the blog post Trademark attorneys can now afford to give all clients a global watch & monitoring service

3. Comprehensive Search Reports at $100

I have talked to a lot of trademark attorneys serving small and medium sized businesses  They all say the same thing: clients can’t afford to spend +$500 on a comprehensive search before they do their application for a trademark registration.

We set out to change this. So we added US common law , Global domain name (200 TLDs) and WIPO to our already existing databases USPTO and CTM. Then we put the price tag at $100.

Every brand deserves a safe start .

Read more in the blog post Now anyone can afford a Comprehensive Search Report

Effects on current services

The free trademark search result list will be limited to the “Very similar” results. It will continue to show how many total results each search produced but the list will only display the “Very similar” results.

After studying thousands of free trademark search users we think this change won’t affect most users. The vast majority are only looking at the first couple of result pages, where you find the “Very similar” results. The rest of the results are generally only studied by trademark attorneys working on a clearance report.

The Free trademark watch for USPTO and CTM remains untouched.

All current Pro customers are being transferred to the new Pro platform.

Our API users will affected in the same way as the free search is affected. The API will from now give you access to the “Very similar” results.

If you have any questions or feedback, don’t hesitate to contact me.

Read about all the new services launched by Markify at INTA 2012:

Trademark attorneys can now afford to give all clients a global watch & monitoring service

Global domain and trademark watch included in new Brand Protect Kit

Now anyone can afford a Comprehensive Search Report

The Markify trademark search has since the start 18 months ago been recognized as the most accurate and comprehensive in terms of finding confusingly similar trademarks. Now we add new databases and new features to make it even more useful in our two main markets: the US and the EU.

To our current databases, USPTO and CTM, we now add:

  • US common law – A search among more than 15 million registered US businesses.
  • Domain names –  Confusingly similar domain names in .com, .net, .org, .info, .us and .biz. Identical hits from approx. 200 ccTLDs.
  • WIPO – More than 600.000 international trademarks.

The new Comprehensive Search Report from Markify has four features no other search provider have:

1. Superior accuracy

We are the only search provider that can give you a result list that finds 99% of all confusingly similar trademarks (see benchmark report where Markify was ranked number 1.

Our result list also contain much less “noise” than other full availability reports. Instead of going through a list of say 2.000 results, you get a list of 300 results. This ofcourse saves you lots of time.

How is it possible for us to give you all the relevant results but skip the bad ones?

The Markify trademark search s is a built on a statistical method using more than 10.000 actual cases where a likelihood of confusion has been established by a governement official, in the US or in Europe.

To our knowledge, no other trademark search algorithm is built like that.

2. Relevance ranked results

The Markify Comprehensive Search Reports are relevance ranked (so is in fact the free trademark search also). This means that you in most cases will find your potential conflicts on the first pages. Talk about time saving.

The relevance ranking is also built on the statistical case law data.

3. Custom branding

You can easily customize the report and put your own branding on it if you choose. Once you have bought the data, you can customize and download as many variants of the report as you like.

4. Unmatched price: $100

We believe every brand deserves a safe start.

Most entrepreneurs and start-ups work on a very tight budget. Until now most of them have skipped a full availability search, because a price of $300-$600 has not seem attractive.

We aim to change that. We start by putting a rock-bottom low price on our two Comprehensivie Search Report packages: only $100 for the US Comprehensive or the EU Comprehensive.

Read about the other new services launched by Markify in May:

Trademark attorneys can now afford to give all clients a global watch & monitoring service

Global domain and trademark watch included in new Brand Protect Kit

Markify launches powerful trademark and domain services at INTA 2012

The new Pro Watch Platform is a trademark and domain name watch service, designed both for the inhouse attorney and for the law firm that wishes to gíve to all its’ clients a powerful Brand Protect Kit.

The Pro platform has three main features:

1. Broad coverage at an unmatched price

With just one Pro subscription, priced at $50/month, you get the possibillity to create 25 custom branded Brand Protect Kits.  You get a total of:

●        25 Global domain name watch finding conufsingly similar new domains

●        25 Trademark watch for the US , EU (CTM) and International (WIPO)

●        100 Competitor/Owner monitoring

●        100 Category monitoring

You don’t have to bundle the monitoring and watch data into Brand Protect Kits. You can use them any way you want.

See the Brand Protect Kit blog post for details of the different watch and monitoring services or go directly to the free 30-day Pro trial sign-up page.

You also get 100 Status monitoring, where you get alerts on status changes or any other changes to a trademark application or registered trademark.

2. Create custom branded reports

Now there is a very easy to use online tool for creating custom branded watch and monitoring reports to all your clients.

The report tool let’s you a choose what results to include, and you can comment on every result. Then you can download the report in Excel or PDF. You can create as many reports as you want built on the data you have bought.

3. Comprehensive Search Reports at a 25% discount

With a Pro subscription you get a good discount on all Comprehensive Search Reports. Instead of the already low $100 you pay only $75.

Read about the other new services launched by Markify in May:

Now anyone can afford a Comprehensive Search Report

Global domain and trademark watch included in new Brand Protect Kit

Markify launches powerful trademark and domain services at INTA 2012

We have new motto for our watch and monitoring services:

Every living brand deserves to be protected.

Our new Brand Protect Kit is priced and designed to deliver on that motto. For only $5/month the brand owner gets a broad, “first-line” brand  protection. The package includes four different watch and monitoring services, covering both trademarks and domain names on a global scale:

Trademark watch

(1 watched mark per Kit)

Earlier we only had USPTO (US federal) and CTM (EU) in our trademark monitor service. Now we have added the large international database WIPO. This is still the only trademark watch service that finds 99% of new confusingly similar trademark applications.

Global domain name watch

(1 watched domain name per Kit)

This is a new flagship service we believe many brand owners will find attractive. Compared to other domain name monitoring services ours also finds new, confusingly similar domain names in the big TLDs (.com, .net, .org, .us, .info and .biz). Add to that an identical watch of around 200 ccTLDs, and you have a domain name monitoring service we believe is hard to beat.

Owner/competitor monitorint

(5 monitored owners per Kit)

When a company applies for a trademark registration, it is often a very early signal of that they are planning something new. To watch what trademarks your competitors or other trademark owners tries to register is a a good source of intelligence.

Category monitoring

(5 monitored categories per Kit)

This is a new kind of product we believe is quite unique. Here you monitor every new trademark application in the trademark classes you are interested in. Then you add one or several key words to filter out the relevant trademark applications.

Every week you will get an email with a summary of the results, and you’ll find the full report in  your web control panel.

All this for only $5/month. To low? Maybe, but we would rather see many companies protecting their brands and not just the big ones.

Read about the other new services launched by Markify in May:

Now anyone can afford a Comprehensive Search Report

Trademark attorneys can now afford to give all clients a global watch & monitoring service

Markify launches powerful trademark and domain services at INTA 2012