Canadian Trademarks Database Tutorial
Lesson 5: Design Searches on the Advanced Search page
The Canadian Trademarks Database can also be searched by the graphic elements of the trademark design (often referred to as a "logo" or "symbol"). In this tutorial the "symbol"/"logo" will be referred to as the "design" so as to maintain consistency with the terminology of the Canadian Trademarks Database. In this lesson you will learn the following:
An internationally-accepted standard has been developed to classify the design of trademarks where each graphic element in a trademark design is assigned a numerical code. This standard is referred to as a "Vienna Code Classification."
Click on the "Vienna Codes" button to access
Vienna Codes search options.
Organization of Vienna Codes
Vienna Codes are organized into groups and sub-groups by the type of graphic element that each group represents. They are grouped into four levels:
Here is an example of how it works:
Let's say you have a trademark that consists of three stars:
Search by design using Vienna Codes
Select a description, such as three stars, by choosing it from the Vienna Code lists.
Expand each level by clicking on the red arrows.
Now you can make a selection by checking a box and then performing a
To locate trademarks with a number of design criteria, you will need to perform searches on multiple Vienna Codes.