The Trade Marks and Designs Registration Office of the European Union
eSearch Plus is the new unified search tool for OHIM resources. Using a single user-friendly tool, it is now possible to search and monitor Community trade marks and registered Community designs, as well as look for owners, representatives and related case-law.
The new service offers advanced features including more complete information, sorting and filtering options, and a new way of setting up "alerts" delivered via RSS.
This service is available immediately in a trial or “beta” version so that OHIM can seek further user feedback and fine-tune it before full release. The trial version is in English only, but the final release will be made available in all the OHIM languages .
The eSearch Plus service proves better solutions for most users’ search needs:
1. A faster and easier search
With eSearch Plus it takes just a matter of seconds to obtain integrated results on trade marks, designs, owners and representatives.
2. All OHIM’s databases available with one click
The new search solution sifts through all OHIM’s resources for CTM, RCD, Owners and representatives from the basic search. In the advanced search specific databases can be selected using a “tick box”.
3. Advanced search for better search results
In the advanced search screen, powerful search queries can be built using a wide range of search criteria that can be picked from the “Most used” and “Additional” tabs located in the bottom left of the search window. The same criteria can be used several times and “wild character” searches are supported. A new search criterion for goods and services in all languages has been introduced to improve users’ search experience.
4. Unlimited search results at one glance
The eSearch Plus service returns all the information found corresponding to the search criteria entered. The current limit in CTM-ONLINE/RCD-ONLINE of displaying only the first 1000 results has been dropped.
A simple layout gives a handy overview of the results in all the main sections: trade marks, designs, owners and representatives.
From “Representative” or “Owner” screens, an overview of the whole CTM and RCD is provided. Search is also made easy in the law-case database.
In eSearch Plus, the “Office Decision” section always shows all decisions related to the search query. The newly implemented “text search” criterion runs an extended
search inside the text content of all decision documents.
Searches on all decision types: refusals, oppositions, cancellations and appeals are now available form one single screen.
5. Easy management of unlimited search results
With eSearch Plus, the search results can be easily exported into a PDF-file for printing or saving locally.
A set of filters has been implemented to make refining the lists of results easy. The “count” column in the filter results also provides useful statistics and serves as a quality check.
6. CTM-related correspondence easily accessible
All the publicly accessible documents which make up a CTM file are displayed in a user-friendly way. By sorting and filtering search options, users should be able to quickly find the document they are looking for. A new feature for downloading one or several selected documents has also been introduced.
7. New alert system integrated to keep you informed about changes
Alerts using RSS can easily be set up to inform you of any new results matching your search. You first launch a search and then configure a RSS feed straight from your results list, which you can then export to your feed reader.