Trademarkia Search – An Experiment Showing the Inadequacy of Trademarkia

Before adopting, using, and applying to register your trademark, it is good practice to perform a comprehensive federal trademark search in order to help minimize the risk of being sued for trademark infringement by someone who owns prior rights in an identical or confusingly similar trademark.  Furthermore, a federal trademark search will assist you in determining whether the name, slogan, or tagline you want to use is eligible for registration with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”).

Although you can (and should) hire a trademark attorney to conduct your trademark search and provide you with a legal opinion as to whether your mark is available for registration, another option is to perform the search yourself using an online trademark search engine, such as the one offered by Trademarkia.

However, please allow me to demonstrate why using the Trademarkia search engine has tremendous potential to lead you astray and completely waste your time and hard-earned money.

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LegalZoom and Trademarkia – The Perils of Using Do-It-Yourself Trademark Services

When it comes to do-it-yourself trademark websites, LegalZoom and Trademarkia are two of the most popular ones, thanks in large part to aggressive marketing and a focus on upselling and volume.  For those of you who are not familiar with these websites, LegalZoom is a legal document filing service, while Trademarkia is essentially a trademark search engine.

Despite the legal focus of these websites, both LegalZoom and Trademarkia are unable to dispense legal advice.  They even offer a number of disclaimers that prominently emphasize this fact:

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Trademarkia Review (Part 3) – The Trademarkia Trademark Application Filing Service

In this third installment of my series on Trademarkia, I will take a look at Trademarkia’s trademark application filing service.  If you haven’t read my first two articles about Trademarkia, you may find it beneficial to do so before continuing.  You can read my earlier articles by clicking below:

Trademarkia Review (Part 1) – Is Trademarkia a Scam?

Trademarkia Review (Part 2) – The Trademarkia Trademark Search

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Trademarkia Review (Part 2) – The Trademarkia Trademark Search

In Part 1 of my Trademarkia review (Is Trademarkia a Scam?), I attempted to uncover the truth about Trademarkia, using its very own words, claims and explanations.  I explored what Trademarkia professes to be (an online search engine) as well as what Trademarkia declares itself not to be (a provider of legal advice and services).  I also tried to decipher the confusing relationship between Trademarkia and its behind-the-scenes founder/administrator – the law firm of Raj Abhyanker, PC.

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Trademarkia Review (Part 1) – Is Trademarkia a Scam?

Part of my responsibility as a trademark attorney is to help individuals make informed decisions.  My law practice is devoted exclusively to educating people about trademarks, as well as helping them research, register, and defend their marks.

That said, I feel compelled to provide some background on a web-based company called Trademarkia.  Trademarkia is very similar to LegalZoom in that it is not a law firm.  Also, just like LegalZoom, Trademarkia apparently believes that people who are seeking trademark services can be properly served through a one-size-fits-all approach.

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