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05-18-2017

INTA 2017


Meet us at Booth D75 during the INTA conference in Barcelona from 20 to 24 May 2017.

Our experts will be on hand to present the full range of our IP Products and Services.

Get ready for:
  • An exclusive presentation of CEDELEX – our flagship trademark search platform, redesigned for optimal user experience and packed with new features!
  • COUNTRY INDEX poster – new for 2017 – An indispensable Worldwide Trademark Policies and Regulations Overview! Yours FREE!

We equip today's trademark professionals with the best tools in the field. Drop by and see for yourself! We’ll also give you the chance to win Germany's most famous Teddy Bear.

We'll see you there!
02-07-2017

20% Off on Company Name Searches in February


During February 2017 you will receive a 20% discount on identical and extended identical company searches (Prices here):


Research is carried out for identical and almost identical companies in the official commercial registers and in further third party databases. Based on the research results, you will be able to see whether your potential company name may conflict with already registered company names.


Access quickly and enter the following coupon code for 20% discount when you place your order: SMD-FN1
01-19-2017

Cedelex test 24 hours free of charge


From now on you have the possibility to search for 24 hours free of charge in Cedelex.

Test the mature similarity search and comfortable handling of our trademark search software in a data base of your choice.
Cedelex offers you access to official trademark data worldwide. You can achieve reliable results within the shortest period of time. The hits are sorted according to similarity and can be evaluated comfortably as well as processed to meaningful reports.

Also new:
  • Design (GSM research) in over 40 registers with the usual user comfort
  • Interesting subscription prices for country packages
  • Attractive discounts for longer contract periods

Take the opportunity and register here
06-29-2016

Dependent Territories Guide


The Guide covers more than 50 territories and their parent countries. Information is given on registering trademarks in these territories. Numerous local IP attorneys have assisted us in this project.

An introductory table provides a useful overview. Each parent country is presented by an updated country survey, followed by information on the respective dependent territories, listed in alphabetical order. Among others the following questions will be answered:

  • Does a separate trademark law exist for the territory?
  • Is a national trademark of the parent country valid in the territory?
  • If so, is the territory automatically covered or is further action required?
  • Are European Union Trademarks valid in the territory?
  • Can International Registrations designate the territory?
  • How long is the opposition period against International Registrations designating the territory?

The publication is beneficial for brand owners and law firms who need to cover remote jurisdictions. If you are interested to see the table of content, please click here. A download sample is available here.

The guide can be downloaded as a PDF for a price of EUR 99.- plus VAT here.
06-28-2016

Many further databases available for searching


View the current list here!
06-28-2016

Price list 2016/2017 now available!


Learn about the most important changes here

Along with the prices, we have also changed the fee structure. We now offer very attractive prices for some of our search packages, for example EU Wordmark Similarity Search. Regarding identical searches, we abolished class fees for many European countries. Prices and turnaround times for design searches were substantially reduced for many countries. Download the new pricelist here!
06-28-2016

Design Searches


Better prices and shorter turnaround times now!

We are pleased to inform you that we have reduced our prices and processing times for design searches in many countries due to improved search facilities. For example we now offer the following rates for design searches by subject: United Kingdom EUR 300 (instead of 600), Italy/Spain EUR 500 (instead of 850), USA/Mexiko EUR 350 (instead of 720). The turnaround is five business days for each of these searches. Moreover, fifty (instead of ten) design excerpts per database are now included. For further countries please contact us directly. We will be happy to assist you.
05-06-2015

Invitation: Roadshow 2015. Cedelex on tour.


At selected locations, we present our unique software for trademark search: Cedelex. Learn how you can search trademarks surprisingly smart and reliable with Cedelex.
Experience exciting, short workshops in a pleasant atmosphere, ask our local experts and get all the important information to optimise your trademark searching.

Snacks and drinks will be served.

23.09.2015
Afternoon
Freiburg
4.00 p.m.


Click here to sign up free of charge.
11-13-2014

Trust in our Trademark Administration Services!


We are happy to introduce our new service: SMD Trademark Administration

With our new service, SMD Trademark Administration, we focus on your individual needs.

This service covers:

  • Data migration: filing and registration dates, opposition periods, legal proceedings etc. - automatic or manual entry depending on data format
  • Administration: notification of upcoming due dates (such as renewal due dates), priorities, fees payable and performance of data updates
  • Information and reporting: reports on due dates in flexible intervals, reminder service, online client portal with anytime access to your data
  • Additional services: tailored status reports for individual trademarks or the entire portfolio, user platform (SharePoint) in customized layout


Please call us or send us a mail. We will gladly provide you with an offer.

Phone +49 4102 8048 0 or mail@smd-group.info
11-12-2014

New publication soon: Use Requirements Guide


Due to multiple requests the SMD Country Index team is compiling a guide on Trademark Use Requirements.

The publication will be useful for IP professionals (law firms and in-house counsel) who manage trademarks internationally. As you may have experienced, it is often difficult to keep abreast of the various use requirements across countries.

Numerous local IP attorneys have assisted us in this project and more than 120 jurisdictions have been covered.

The guide will explore questions such as:

  • For which purposes is evidence of use required (trademark registration, renewal, non-use cancellation proceedings or other)?
  • What are the formal requirements?
  • Are there any requirements as to the nature and extent of use?
  • Will it suffice to use the mark for one or some of the designated goods or services?
  • Will it suffice to show that reasonable steps to further trade have been taken?
  • Under which circumstances may non-use be excused?
  • To whom is the evidence of use to be directed?
  • By which means can use be demonstrated?


And more ...

The guide will be completed by the end of 2014. The Country Index newsletter will inform its readers when the publication is available. If you do not receive our newsletter yet you are welcome to subscribe here.
11-11-2014

Searching trademarks easily with our new Cedelex


Searching trademarks easily with our new software Cedelex

With Cedelex you can easily conduct trademark searches and create reports yourself.

The most important news:

  • Latest browser technology
  • Online access from anywhere
  • Intelligent and flexible search functions
  • Customizable screen views
  • Three simple clicks lead to the search result
  • Easy export of search results including logos
  • Collaborative searching made easy
  • Pricing models for different needs


If your search query produces a large number of trademarks, we offer a pre-selection service: simply transmit your search result directly to us with a single click. One of our analysts will highlight the relevant marks in your list and send it back to you for further proceeding.

You are welcome to directly revert to us for further info.

Phone +49 4102 8048 0 or mail@smd-group.info
11-13-2013

Update and enhancement of country information


With the help of our network of local attorneys we have recently been able to update the information given on our website www.country-index.com. Moreover, new country surveys and further trademark licensing information have been added.

The country index now contains concise information on trademark regulations and proceedings in 198 countries, including 50 related/dependent territories. For a full list of countries please click here.
Furthermore, the website provides details on trademark licensing in 133 countries (18 were added just recently).

If you prefer to have the country surveys printed we recommend to download the Country Index Guide in PDF format. The download can be accessed here. We are planning to provide an updated PDF on trademark licensing in due course as well.
11-13-2013

New brochure


Our new brochure SMD Insight presents an overview of our company. We briefly illustrate the roots of the family business and give an insight into the key business and service offerings as well as our philosophy and quality standard. The brochure is available for download here.
05-17-2013

Meet with us during the ECTA


We very much look forward to seeing you at the ECTA Annual Meeting in Bucharest, Romania!

Please visit us at booth # 3.

We shall be pleased to inform you about our new products and services.
05-17-2013

NEW: Guide on Grace Periods for Renewals


Registered trademarks have to be renewed in due time in order to prevent their removal from the register. Information on grace periods for renewals is not publicly available, especially when it concerns remote countries.

Managing renewals of your portfolio of trademarks can be time-consuming and expensive, if late renewal fees have to be paid. With our new publication, we intend to support large multinational trademark owners and their agents in managing their trademark portfolios. It contains contains renewal grace periods and further essential information on renewals for more than 140 jurisdictions.

Why should you decide to use this guide?
- Manage renewals efficiently in over 140 countries
- Avoid late renewal fees and loss of trademark rights
- Receive further information on proceedings and requirements

The renewal grace periods guide can be downloaded for EUR 75.- here
05-17-2013

Country Index poster: new edition


Our popular country index poster has been updated. It outlines key aspects of trademark regulations in more than 40 countries.

If you like to receive a free poster please contact Miriam Hölscher.

More trademark regulations can be looked up on www.country-index.com.

To receive regular updates, you are invited to subscribe to our free newsletter. Please send a short message to info@country-index.com.
05-17-2013

New feature in our online shop: mix & match


Many of you already use our online shop to place orders 24 hours a day. To facilitate your orders even better, we have developed a new tool: Mix & Match

With the help of our new Mix & Match application you can easily select and combine prices in one step. By this means, you can combine different searches for certain countries to match your budget. Please have a look  here
10-05-2012

Meet with us!


We always look forward to a personal meeting with you! We will have a booth during the PTMG in Barcelona, Spain as well as on the TMA - Trademark Administrators Conference in Charlotte, USA (14-16 October) and on the Markenforum (3- 6 October) in Munich, Germany (5-7 December).

Come to our booth: We will be happy to talk to you!

10-05-2012

Special on Non-Traditional Trademarks


In saturated markets, brand owners continue to explore more inventive ways to create strong brands. They move beyond strictly visual into other, including sounds, smells and tastes in marketing their products.

Such innovative brands can already be registered as trademarks in many countries. Whether a certain type of unconventional mark is protectable in a specific country may be checked in our Non-Traditional Marks (NTM) Database. Currently, it covers more than 130 countries.

However, statistics indicate that unconventional marks are still in their infancy in local registration practices. They often face obstacles when it comes to distinctiveness issues and graphical representation. In various articles, local experts provide insights into the registration practices of their respective jurisdictions and give hints to trademark owners on what to consider when filing a non-traditional mark.

Access the special here
10-05-2012

Newsflash: Third Issue now online


The third issue of our customer magazine smd newsflash is available now. It informs about current intellectual property related topics. Furthermore, it presents the most important developments at S.M.D. Markeur. Among others, the current issue deals with the following topics: Trademark protection gains importance in developing countries - CTM Trademarks: Trends and Top Applicants in 2011 - Identical vs. similar searches? What matters... - S.M.D. Shop: News and FAQ - Country-Index: New publications and content - Our new search portal: What can you expect?

The current issue can be downloaded here.
06-13-2012

Country Index: Special on Poland and Ukraine


Soccer fans are excited as on June 8 the tournament of the UEFA European football championship has begun in Poland and Ukraine.

Trademark-wise, the two hosting countries of the event are relatively unknown. In our new Country Index special on Poland and Ukraine, we introduce these two countries. We address general trademark issues and focus on relevant IP questions. The special is complemented by trademark statistics. Opportunities and challenges for brand owners are discussed as well.

A 20 percent discount on availability searches for each of the 16 participant countries is offered throughout the event. To receive the discount, please mention the voucher code POUK12 when you order here
06-13-2012

ECTA: Visit us at our booth


We very much look forward to seeing you at the ECTA Annual Meeting in Palermo!

Please visit us at booth # 2.

We shall be pleased to inform you about our new products and services.
06-13-2012

Available now: Guide on Trademark Licensing


The new handbook on trademark licensing is now available and can be ordered online. It is a useful practitioner’s guide for brand owners when commercializing their intellectual property rights internationally. The book provides practical information on trademark licensing in more than 100 countries. An overview on proceedings, requirements and effectiveness in each country is given and the rights and obligations of the brand owner and its licensee is outlined.

The following questions will be answered: Is there a specific form required for a licence agreement? Is it permitted to license the use of unregistered trademarks? Does the sale of a registered trademark mark terminate a licence? Are there statutory provisions or common law principles prescribing the terms of licensing? Is a licence required to be recorded with the Trademark Office or other authority? When does a licence become effective against third parties? What is the licensee’s legal position in infringement proceedings?

The book is 75.- EUR. It can be ordered here
06-13-2012

Country Index poster: updated


Our popular country index poster has been updated. It outlines key aspects of trademark regulations in more than 40 countries.
If you like to receive a free poster please contact Miriam Hölscher.

More trademark regulations can be looked up on www.country-index.com.

To receive regular updates, you are invited to subscribe to our free newsletter. Please send a short message to info@country-index.com
06-13-2012

i-Search Easy


i-Search Easy allows you to even speedier select relevant information with the assistance of a graphical representation of the risk assessment of trademarks. High, medium, low or no risk of trademarks found is graphically represented by different colours resembling a traffic light. Additional information and a detailed overview of our services in this regard can be found in our i-Search brochures.

For a personal customer consultation please contact Felix Spehlmann.
04-19-2012

Visit us at the INTA 2012


Please feel invited to visit us at our booth # 415 during the INTA 2012 conference in Washington, DC from May 5th to 9th.

While enjoying a freshly brewed coffee, we introduce to you our new products and services to meet your current demands such as our SMART KNOCK OUT, a search service that is especially suited for large naming projects. You will hear more about our popular in-use searches and their benefits.

Furthermore, you can pick up the newly updated Country Index Poster for FREE while stocks last and have a look at our new publication on Trademark Licensing. We look forward to seeing you!
02-08-2012

In-use searches: significantly extended range


In-use searches are a useful addition to our trademark searches. An in-use search will assist you in assessing the risks associated with a previous similar or identical brand revealed in an initial search. The results of an in-use search may also be used as evidence in a non-use allegation or cancellation action. It may also be helpful in defending your trademark application against opposition by the holder of an earlier trade mark. To achieve the best possible results, we thoroughly analyze the individual circumstances and requirements of each search in advance. Whereas conventional in-use searches often present a mere documentation of results, our search reports go far beyond that. They encompasses a review of all results found conducted by a paralegal. In this way, we reduce your workload.

To request additional information, please contact Felix Spehlmann.
02-08-2012

Country Index: info on trademark licensing


Licensing enhances the value of your trademarks and increases financial returns for trademark owners when properly employed in different jurisdictions. This can be challenging for trademark owners. Following several requests from our readers, we decided to supplement the data of the country surveys with information on licensing. A special thanks to our contributors for participating in the compilation on trademark licensing. Detailed information can be accessed on www.country-index.com
02-08-2012

February Offers: USA Plus etc.


Throughout February 2012, our USA Plus Package is available at a discounted rate. It encompasses a word mark availability search of the USA Federal Register, State Registers and common law rights. Further monthly offers can be found in our online shop.
02-08-2012

Smart Knock Out for huge naming projects


You have to manage large naming projects? Simplify your pre-selection of brands with our new Smart Knock out Searches. We only report brands with a high percentage of similarity measured by established key figures (POCA). The search reports include lists of trademarks as well as all trademark information available. No selection of relevant trademarks by paralegals. These searches present a convenient and cost effective alternative to identity searches and can be used in pre-selection in major brand naming projects. They are available for projects that covering a minimum of 10 names in the same classes.

To request additional information, please contact Felix Spehlmann.
11-06-2011

Monthly special offers


In future, we will offer monthly discounts on certain searches. The monthly special offers can be viewed in our S.M.D online shop under “Special Offers” and ordered directly.
Click here for S.M.D. Special Offers.
We can also send you the monthly special offers regularly by e-mail. If you wish to subscribe to our “S.M.D. Specials” newsletter, please send a short message to info@smd-markeur.de
09-06-2011

Newsflash: Second Issue now online


The second issue of our smd newsflash is available now. The German customer magazine informs on current topics as well as on the most important developments at S.M.D. Markeur. Among others, the current issue deals with the following topics: CTM Trademarks: positive trend ― more filings by top owners in 2010. Searches in Europe ― new services and prices. S.M.D. Shop ― These are your benefits and this is how it works. Country Index ― becoming more and more popular. Cedelex ― pre-selection of hits now available. The current issue (German) can be downloaded here.
09-05-2011

New Publication: Dependent Territories


New Publication: Dependent Territories. The Practitioner’ s Guide to Registering Trademarks is now available.
The guide contains trademark and background information on 50 dependent territories of parent countries such as Australia, Denmark, Finland, France, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, the United Kingdom and the USA.
An introductory table contains brief information on all dependent territories. Each parent country is presented by an up¬dated country survey, followed by information on the respective dependent territories, listed in alphabetical order.
Among others the following questions will be answered: Does a separate trademark law exist for the territory? Is a national trademark of the parent country valid in the territory? If so, is the territory automatically covered or is further action required? Are Community Trademarks valid in the territory? Can International Registrations designate the territory? How long is the opposition period against International Registrations designating the territory?
If you would like to receive a sample of the guide, we invite you to get in touch with our Country Index Team.
09-04-2011

CEDELEX: manual pre-selection now available


In case your similarity search with CEDELEX has resulted in many hits, you can now save much time. Just send the result of your similarity search to us. Our paralegals will review the list of hits and reduce it to the most relevant trademarks. The pre-selection can be initiated directly from CEDELEX. The shortlist will be directly imported into the search software CEDELEX again. The price is 30 EUR / 3 EUR (first class / additional class).
We have also introduced further improvements of our search software. For example we have now included “pending applications” in our database of International Registrations. For further information please get in touch with Anne Maria Wendroth.

09-03-2011

Meet us on upcoming conferences


Please visit us at GRUR in Berlin, Germany (Sep. 14-17, 2011) or one of other upcoming conferences: We will be present at booth 13 during the upcoming INTA Trademark Administrators Conference in Los Angeles, USA (Oct. 2-4, 2011) and we will also have a booth during the PTMG 83th Conference in Prague, Czech Republic (Oct. 12-15, 2011). We will be happy to see you! Our new Dependent Territories Guide will be handed out to all delegates of this year’s Marques conference.
09-03-2011

Human Rights: New Logo


There is no official symbol for human rights, so far. Therefore, the German Foreign Office founded the initiative “A Logo for Human Rights” some time ago. It is aimed at creating a logo “by people and for people”. The initiative is supported by numerous well known people, such as Michael Gorbatschov, Jimmy Carter and the High Commissioner for Human Rights from the United Nations. On the internet, lots of potential logos have been collected. Now, everybody can vote for his favourite logo online. S.M.D. Markeur is official sponsor of the initiative. We have searched the Top 20 logos with respect to potential prior rights. More information on the new human rights logo can be found on www.humanrightslogo.net.
09-03-2011

Top Law Firms: New Ranking


Once a year, we publish a ranking of German law firms with regard to the amount of their German trademark filings. The new ranking will be printed in the September issue of the “Markenartikel” magazine (German language). It can also be downloaded here.
04-07-2011

Visit us at the INTA: booth 620-626


We will present new packages and services to meet current demands for a flexible, reasonably priced and prompt selection process. They are especially suited for large naming projects.
Furthermore, we will inform you about new developments on country-index.com, which has become extremely popular as a result of its international network.
12-02-2010

New: Web Guard


Which websites use my word mark? If you wish to receive an answer to this question our new Web Guard should be the right product for you. Especially for owners of large trademark portfolios as for example the consumer goods industry, our monitoring will provide interesting insights. The result is sorted country-wise or as to classes of goods and services.

Please contact Robert Keller for further informations.
11-24-2010

Country Index Poster updated


Our popular country index poster has been updated. It outlines key aspects of trademark regulations in 40+ countries.
If you like to receive a free poster please contact Miriam Hölscher.

More trademark regulations can be looked up on www.country-index.com. To receive regular updates, you are invited to subscribe to our free newsletter.
10-27-2010

INTA event: S.M.D. is Gold Sponsor


We proudly announce that we are Gold Sponsor of the INTA Forum National Marks and CTMs: Enforcement and Future Harmony that is taking place in Barcelona, December 9th-10th, 2010
03-19-2010

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