We are pleased to announce the addition of a new feature to check existing Trademarks instantly for names submitted to a contest. This option is available for all types of Naming contests. This is an “add on” option which is included in higher award packages.
This option will allow both the CH and contestants to instantly check for any existing Trademarks against the submitted entries. You will see a “Check Trademark” option under “Actions” menu if this option is enabled for the contest. The system checks against the USPTO (US Trademark) database and if it finds any matches, you can click on the details to see who currently owns a trademark on that name.
Soon we will also add this option on the submit entry page, so that you can check for Trademark availability while submitting entries vs. checking them later.
In general, it is always advisable to submit only those names which do not have existing Trademarks. However, currently we are not blocking the submission of names with Trademark - we are leaving that to the discretion of the contest holder, because every country has its own Trademark laws and regulations.