IP Australia has introduced a new system for searching trade marks on 10 February 2017. This new searching system, rebranded as “Australian Trade Mark Search”, replaced the previous system named “Australian Trade Marks Online Search System” (ATMOSS).
The new Australian Trade Mark Search system offers many improvements for searching trade marks by using the two different options available to users for searching ie “Quick search” and “Advanced search” (as shown below).
Australian Trade Mark Search: Quick search
Australian Trade Mark Search: Advanced search
Notable new features of the search system using the “Advanced search” option include:
- Searching for up to four words and/or image terms at a time by adding additional search fields (click on the plus button to add additional fields). Previously, you could only search for up to two words and/or image terms.
- Improved searching for word phrases (eg slogans). However, it is important to note that word phrase searching is very precise and may not pick up misspellings, plurals or phonetic variations.
- Uploading an image for image comparison searching. The system will return results based on similarity.
- Saving, retrieving and re-run your search results for up to 35 days.
To access the new Australian Trade Mark Search system, please click here https://search.ipaustralia.gov.au/trademarks/