Canadian Trade-marks Database Tutorial

A trade-mark represents the reputation, experience, and expertise of a business while differentiating products and services from those of competitors.

Whether you are just starting out on a new business venture or have been in business for a long time, it is important to understand trade-marks and to know how to consult the Canadian Trade-marks Database.

This tutorial explains the business benefits of using the Canadian Trade-marks Database and demonstrates how to search the database. The tutorial is designed to provide guidance to the average user and is not intended to replace professional or expert advice.

The tutorial will cover the following:

Lesson 1: Trade-marks in business

  • Selecting a trade-mark
  • Protecting trade-marks
  • Making strategic business decisions

Lesson 2: Search basics

  • Trade-mark records and their data categories
  • Performing a basic search
  • Using wildcards to enhance searches

Lesson 3: Refining searches

  • Using search field options
  • Searching with multiple criteria

Lesson 4: Search options

  • Searching by trade-mark types
  • Searching by the date of an action
  • Limiting the number of records returned

Lesson 5: Design searches

  • Vienna Codes
  • Organization of Vienna Codes
  • Search by design using Vienna Codes

Lesson 6: Search examples

  • Searching availability of potential trade-marks
  • Searching for competitive information
  • Searching by design