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Markify launches powerful trademark and domain services at INTA 2012

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

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

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

Global domain and trademark watch included in new Brand Protect Kit

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

The fastest built brands in the world

It struck me this morning that the US presidential candidates probably are the fastest built brands in the world. In just a couple of months they become strong global brands. The irony is that all of these new brands except one, probably Romney, will soon start to fade away.

A lot of us Europeans follow not only our own elections but also the US ones. And the US presidential race is in many ways a more fascinating show than our own, comparably duller elections. Since an election in a democracy is all about communication, I think it's interesting to look at it from a brand perspective.

What was the global brand recognition for "Romney", "Gingrich" and "Paul" say six months ago? Probably close to zero. Today at least Romney and Gingrich are well known brands even outside the US.

A commercial brand could never hope to get this kind of brand recognition in such a short time. How can these brands be built so fast? The reasons are pretty obvious:

  1. Press coverage - The amount of PR these brands get is unheard of. They dominate the news in the US and get a lot of attention in the rest of the world. If a commercial brand gets this kind of press, it's probably in big trouble (think Enron, Lehman Brothers)
  2. Money spent - Romney has +$56 million USD in his pocket to fight Obama's $100 million. Gingrich has only 5 Million...
  3. Message importance - We, the audience, care about these brands right away because what they say matters, it could affect our lives. Most brands can't achieve this kind of "engagement level" in their first couple of years.

Democracy must cost, but from a branding perspective it's hard not to think that all this money and effort could be spent slightly different. There are two big brands that seem to live completely in the shadow of the presidential candidates: the Republican Party and the Democratic Party.

There you have two brands that won't fade away any time soon, but they are surprisingly weak in the election process.

These two brands suffer from classical branding problems, like weak differentiation and lack of relevance and drive. An interesting analysis even compares the brand "the Republican Party" with "New Coke".

I believe a shift towards stronger and more differentiated "umbrella brands", like Republican and Democrat, would both serve the long-term democratic process and the more temporary brands of the presidential candidates.

Benoit Fallenius Founder and CEO

In this blog I will mostly write about two subjects:

1. Trademarks, domain names, naming and branding - Four separate areas that often are not that separate.

2. Markify news - Features, markets, pricing, challenges etc.

Feedback and questions are always welcome. Email me at benoit@markify.com.