Use investigation

Is a brand that could obstruct your project in actual use? This is not insignificant – an unused brand is less solid and may be contested. GEVERS helps determine the level of risk and possible tactics to neutralise it.

If research into previous rights does reveal the existence of a similar or identical trademark (for similar or identical products) to that you intend to file, this, in itself, is not sufficient reason to conclude that such a previous right could oppose your own plans. Indeed, in the European Union and in many other countries, a trademark must be in use, on penalty of expiry. In such cases, GEVERS will not only communicate the exact terms of the use obligation in the country in question, but also conduct a 'use survey' that will help determine whether or not the previous right is an obstacle in reality.