Canadian Trademarks Database Tutorial

Lesson 2: Search Basics

The Canadian Trademarks Database search system is a flexible, yet powerful tool that can be used in many ways to meet your particular requirements. You can perform simple searches or you can perform very complex searches. In this section we will cover the following:

Trademark records and their data categories

Example of trademark record

A trademark record captures critical data about a trademark registrant and the registration steps, along with dates, company information and more. Click on the thumbnail to see an example.

Below are data categories found on trademark records:

Data categories found on trademark records

An application number is assigned when the trademark process begins and a registration number is assigned when the trademark is registered
The current status of the trademark
Record of when the trademark was first filed, formalized, advertised, registered, inactivated
Contact Information
Names and addresses of both the owner and her/his representatives for service and legal counsel
Trademark Information
Text and/or image of the trademark and descriptions including description of the trademark design
Goods and/or Services
Description of the goods/services that the business offer
Additional Information
Further information such as claims, associated trademarks, and footnotes
A record of the trademark process including relevant dates

For a more detailed description of each data category see the "Searchable Fields" section of the Database's Help file.

Performing a basic search

  1. To go to the Canadian Trademarks Database, click on the "Trademarks Database" tab in the left navigation.

    Basic Search of Trademarks Database

  2. Then, click on "Basic" underneath "Search Options".
  3. Go to Search Box and enter the text you want to search for in the "Enter search criteria" field.

    Field to enter search criteria

  4. Click on the "Search" button and then view your results.

    Search button

Go to the Canadian Trademarks Database's Basic Search page now.

Using Wildcards to Enhance Searches

Wildcards are characters that the search engine recognizes. They add flexibility to your searches:


Use an asterisk to replace a sequence of characters (e.g., to search for pharmacy and pharmaceutical, use "pharm*").


Use a question mark to replace a single character (e.g., "organi?ation" will match different spellings: "organization" or "organisation").

Wildcards can be used in multiple search terms (e.g., Canad*, Gov*).

Wildcards can also be used in front of the search term (e.g., "*national" will match different terms such as "national" and "international").

For more detailed information on wildcards see the "Truncation and Wildcard Characters" section of the Database Help file.

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