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WIPO Announces Major Expansion Of Global Brand Database

by Ulrika Lomas, LawAndTax-News.com, Brussels

22 February 2013


The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has announced a major expansion of its public database of trademark and brand information with the ability to search simultaneously across twelve sources.

The newest addition of six national collections of trademark records – including the entire United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) collection – takes the Global Brand Database (GBD) from 2.2m to 10.9m records, making it the world’s largest free, public trademark search facility.

“WIPO’s GBD is now the world’s number one free, public resource for searching trademarks and other brand-related information,” said WIPO Director General Francis Gurry. He described WIPO’s public databases as central to the agency’s wider efforts to create “an open, inter-connected and inclusive intellectual property (IP) knowledge-sharing infrastructure, which makes it easy for anyone, anywhere, to access the wealth of information in the IP system.”

Gurry also welcomed the interest shown by many other IP offices in joining in the data-sharing project in the near future.

The GBD streamlines trademark searches, allowing users to simultaneously search twelve data collections via a single intuitive interface, rather than searching the trademark data of WIPO, the USPTO, Canada and other participating offices separately.

The database now includes the WIPO’s own data collections of international trademarks registered under the Madrid System, as well as appellations of origin registered under the Lisbon System; and the national data collections made available by the IP offices of Algeria, Australia, Canada, Egypt, Estonia, Morocco, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates and the US.

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