Sat, 9 Aug 2005 11:16:00 EST
Searching the Euro Character
How to Search the Euro Character
This article discusses searching currency symbols such as the Euro. The YES mark is comprised of three currency symbols - YEN EURO DOLLAR and is in the CIPO database 5 times and in the USPTO database 3 times. Let's look at how to search the following YES mark, owned by Global Dutifree Limited, which was filed in CIPO as 1004239 and USPTO as 75-640949.
USPTO serial number 75-640949
USPTO DESCRIPTION OF MARK
USPTO DESIGN SEARCH CODES
There is no USPTO design code for the Euro, Yen or currency symbol in the US design codes. The USPTO uses 24.17.25 for the Euro and Yen symbol and exclamation mark as well as many other characters, and so you get 4176 hits. The Dollar (and the Pound) do have their own design codes.
The USPTO also types the Euro character in a word mark, so the typed character may be searched, but this will not necessarily catch usage in design marks. NOTE: in May 2005 USPTO made a mistake in distribution, and sent the wrong character which appears in the TIP as a question mark and does not appear at all in reports - we have reported this problem and expect it to be fixed by the end of May 2005.
You should also look for the Greek character EPSILON, for instance as in this USPTO mark:
USPTO SERIAL NUMBER 7-167712
DESIGN CODES: none
DESCRIPTION OF MARK :
In the CIPO database, you should search for EURO, GREEK & CHARACTER, EPSILON, CHARACTER & E and ELETTER, and the Vienna code 24.17.18 for currency symbols. No single search guarantees to get all similar marks. Here are a few examples.
CIPO File Number: 1004239
CIPO INDEX HEADINGS
CIPO VIENNA CLASSIFICATIONS
Missing CIPO Vienna Classification
Clearly the Vienna codes that CIPO used are of no use in searching. CIPO should have indexed the various currency symbols with the Vienna code 24.17.18 for Currency Symbols, however, CIPO mis-coded this mark. A search of 24.17.18 produces 516 hits but this Euro mark is not in the result set. Note that WIPO does not list this code in their list of Vienna code at their web site http://www.wipo.int/classifications/fulltext/vienna/enmain0.htm. CDNameSearch does have the description for 24.17.18 in our new Knowledge Library at the page titled Vienna Codes (full list) at our website. The full URL is http://wiki.cdnamesearch.com/mediawiki/index.php/Vienna_Codes#24.17_SIGNS.2C_NOTATIONS.2C_SYMBOLS
Since CIPO does not enter the Euro ? character into the trademark database you cannot search with the character itself. Instead, they provide either index headings or figurative elements CHARACTER-EURO. You get about 27 hits when you search CDNameSearch with
Just in case CIPO mis-codes the mark, you should also search with the Vienna currency symbol 24.17.18. You should also look for the Greek character EPSILON, for instance as in the file number 738521 which CIPO codes as follows:
CIPO File number 738521
CIPO Vienna codes:
CIPO Figurative Elements
The following mark would not be hit by EURO, EPSILON, GREEK, but could be obtained with ELETTER, which is added by CDNameSearch.
CIPO File Number:: 1 086 617
CIPO INDEX HEADINGS
CIPO FIGURATIVE ELEMENTS
CIPO VIENNA CLASSIFICATION