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Attending the ECTA meeting in Athens? Stop by our booth and get a new perspective on full search and trademark clearance

If you are attending the ECTA meeting in Athens in the next few days, make sure you stop by our booth for a demo. We will show you the reason why more and more trademark professionals are switching to Markify as their preferred full search platform. 

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World’s Largest Trademark Filer Selects Markify as Trademark Search and Watch Provider

See the press release at:  

http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20171107005509/en/LegalZoom-Selects-Markify-Trademark-Search-Monitoring-Provider

Why should this interest you? Because of why LegalZoom selected us.

There were three main reasons LegalZoom selected Markify, a technology focused provider, and not another supplier: 1) quality, 2) effectiveness and 3) price.

1. Search result quality

LegalZoom processes around 30.000 trademark filings a year. That is probably more than any other company in the world.

At that scale you simply cannot afford to have a trademark search system that fails, that misses what you should have found. Because then you will be wrong so many times, that you will eventually not have a filing business.

LegalZoom tested us thoroughly during many months, in parallel with other providers’ systems, before they took the decision to go with Markify. That is a proof of quality, that I also think is relevant to all our clients.

2. Effective tools and automated processes

At the scale of 30.000 filings, and at that end user price, you need the fastest, most effective trademark search tools you can get.

If there is a trademark attorney or paralegal analyzing the results, they must have the tools to very fast be able to determine what is relevant and what is not, without missing any pertinent results.

When there is no human analysis done, you need the fully automated process.

You also need all other processes, like order, search, report creation and email communication, to be fully automated. With our wide range of trademark API’s you get that 100% automated process.

If you want to discuss how we can help you streamline your trademark search/watch process, just contact us for a discussion.

3. Aggressive pricing

At that scale, price is obviously a very important factor. Markify have always had the lowest prices in the trademark search industry and we will continue to deliver the best pricing.

If you ever think our pricing is not the best, that you can get something similar at a better price, please send us a note so we can correct that.

Benefit for all Markify clients

I believe all our clients will benefit from this deal since it brings scale to our business and will let us continue to add trademark databases and create more innovative trademark search and monitoring technology.

Any thoughts on this, please drop me an email at benoit@markify.com.

The World's First Statistical Risk Analysis of Full Trademark Search Reports

Since we started Markify six years ago our aim has been to build and improve the world's best trademark search algorithm. Finding all potential conflicts but with as little noise as possible.

Now we are releasing our next step in that work - our statistical Risk analysis. 

The ranking of our results is based on a statistical analysis of more than 10.000 official cases of confusingly similar trademarks in the EU or the US. These come from OHIM decision and from USPTO 2(d) citations and TTAB decisions. 

The main difference between these two sources are the number of languages they handle. While the USPTO largely concentrate on English, and Spanish to some extent, the OHIM/CTM decisions handles 28 countries, all with a mix of languages.  

Instead of showing the individual risk level for every result, we have gouped the results in four "Risk level" groups. Each level indicate statistically how big risk there is that you will find a potential conflict in this group.  

Level 1 - Very high risk.

Of all conflicts in Europe or the US, 20% have these types of similarities. 

This group of results typically stands for less than 1% of the total amount of results. 

Level 2 - High risk. 

Of all conflicts in Europe or the US, 40% have  these types of similarities. 

This group of results typically stands for only 5% of the total amount of results. 

Level 3 - Medium risk. 

Of all conflicts in Europe or the US, 25% have these types of similarities. 

This group of results typically stand for 20% of the total amount of results.  

Level 4 - Low risk. 

Of all conflicts in Europe or the US, 15% have these types of similarities.  

This group of results typically stands for 75% of the total amount of results. 

As you can see above, the lower the risk, the longer the result list. The last group of results contain 75% of all results, but with only 15% of the potential conflicts. 

This is frustrating for us developing the algorithm and for our clients, who have to analyze all results. Just think how much easier trademark clearance work would be if you could just skip Level 4. But unfortunately there are so many conflict cases in this group that you cannot neglect it. 

However, in some cases I know that the attorney does skip the lower part of the results list. This is often the case when he wants to save time and money for the client and maybe when the client feel that an opposition is not the end of the world. 

For other clients, with a marketing start in the near future, that would not be an option. They would not want to risk the first six months of marketing investments... 

Risk levels are currently not included in downloaded reports. Our thinking is that most of our clients' clients will not understand the meaning of "risk". It is just there in the online report to make your job faster and easier. 

Please send me your feedback at benoit@markify.com.

Notes

The "signal-to-noise ratio" - the scientific name for measuring accuracy - is tested as the best in the trademark search industry (see independent Benchmark Report). 

The Markify Comprehensive Search Algorithm finds more than 99% of potential conflicts, but does it with a total number of results that on average is 50% lower than comparable reports (Full /Comprehensive reports) done by other providers. 

 

Markify adds Canada to its trademark searching and watching services

We have now added the Canadian trademark database (CIPO) to our searching and monitoring services. We have made some adjustments to our system to handle that Canada not yet fully use the Nice classification system.

The price for a Comprehensive Search, or a Full Availability Search, as some providers call it, is set at USD 81 (or 59 EUR). For that you get our best-in-class similarity search algorithm that finds 99% of all confusingly similar trademarks – and with less "noise”. It is actually the best trademark similarity search in the world (see search report here).

Do you want to try one Comprehensive Search Report for free? Send me an email and I will send you the promotion code (benoit at markify.com).

We also offer our Knockout Plus Search for  Canada for only USD 40. This is “broad” knockout, finding both identical, phonetically identical and other very similar results. Approx. 60% of all potential conflicts but with only 10% of the list length. This is the professional choice for any name screening project or for an application on a tight budget.

To order, you just sign up here: http://www.markify.com/services/comprehensive-search.html

You find the watching service here and the yearly price is only USD 34. Every week you get one report per client. And you get the same strong similirity algorithm so you will not miss any potential conflicts. Combine it with US watch if you need.

Questions? Contact me at benoit at markify.com.

Markify adds international WIPO trademarks to the free trademark search

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.

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.