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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 Search

USPTO serial number 75-640949

USPTO DESCRIPTION OF MARK

  • The mark consists of the word YES in stylized form, composed of a yen, euro, and dollar sign

USPTO DESIGN SEARCH CODES

  • 24.17.03 Dollar symbol ($)
  • 24.17.25 Other notational signs and symbols, including pH, yin yang and the equal sign

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.

  • 24.17.03 Dollar symbol ($)
  • 24.17.04 Cent symbol (ó)
  • 24.17.05 Pound sterling symbol

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

MARK: E

DESIGN CODES: none

DESCRIPTION OF MARK :
The mark consists of the epsilon symbol "+38 .

CIPO Search

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

  • YES
  • Y
  • E
  • S
  • CHARACTER-YEN
  • CHARACTER-EURO
  • CHARACTER-DOLLAR SIGN
  • C

CIPO VIENNA CLASSIFICATIONS

  • 26.11.03 More than two lines or two bands
  • 26.11.07 Vertical lines or bands
  • 26.11.08 Horizontal lines or bands
  • 27.03.01 Letters or numerals representing a human being or a part of the human body, an animal or a part of an animal's body, a plant or an object
  • 27.03.15 Letters or numerals representing an object

Missing CIPO Vienna Classification

  • 24.17.18 Currency symbols

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

  • EURO & CHARACTER

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:

  • 27.05.01 Letters presenting a special form of writing
  • 27.05.23 Several letters
  • 28.07.00 INSCRIPTIONS IN GREEK CHARACTERS

CIPO Figurative Elements

  • CHARACTER GREEK-EPSILON

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

  • THE PRINTING ESTIMATOR
  • DEVELOPED BY A PRINTER
  • E
  • CHARACTER-AT SIGN

CIPO FIGURATIVE ELEMENTS

  • SWIRL
  • OVAL SHAPED FIGURE

CIPO VIENNA CLASSIFICATION

  • 01.15.23 Vortices, rotary movements
  • 26.01.02 Ellipses
  • 27.05.01 Letters presenting a special form of writing
  • 27.05.09 Series of letters presenting different forms of writing
  • 27.05.10 Series of letters in different dimensions

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