Trademark service providers

The WTR 1000 identifies the leading non-legal trademark service providers. Law and trademark attorney firms which participated in our research by providing written submissions were asked to nominate their top providers in four categories – trademark management software, renewals and recordals, searching and watching and online brand enforcement – these recommendations were then compiled and analysed to produce the accompanying lists. For the 2020 edition of the guide, over 950 submissions were provided to the research team.

Online brand enforcement

Renewals and recordals

  • Highly recommended
  • CPA Global
  • The Dennemeyer Group
  • Recommended
  • Anaqua
  • Brandstock Services AG 
  • Clarivate Analytics
  • Patrix IP Helpware

Searching and watching

  • Highly recommended
  • CompuMark 
  • Corsearch  
  • Recommended
  • Markify
  • Marquesa Search Systems
  • Schutz Marken Dienst Gmbh
  • The Dennemeyer Group
  • TM TKO
  • TrademarkNow
  • TrademarkVision

Trademark management

  • Highly recommended
  • CPA Global
  • Patrix IP Helpware
  • WebTMS 
  • Recommended
  • Anaqua
  • Clarivate Analytics
  • Computer Packages Inc (CPi)
  • Equinox Advisory
  • Fileye
  • Grupo 10 Empresarial Ip Software SLU
  • Inprotech
  • LDSOFT
  • OP Solutions – PATTSY WAVE
  • The Dennemeyer Group

BRANDIT Gmbh  

“BRANDIT has a super team that always responds quickly and gets great results. In the area of online brand enforcement, it is definitely one to highlight.” The organisation partners closely with clients to provide meaningful support that goes right to the heart of their domain name issues. Every individual has highly relevant experience, including private legal practice and trademark registry knowledge, so the collective group can address matters holistically. Leading the way is Jesper Knudsen, a top strategic mind in the domain name sphere.

Brandstock Services AG 

Munich-based Brandstock Services is a wellrounded IP consultancy with a cosmopolitan and diverse team of professionals based in offices in Italy, Slovenia, Switzerland and the United States. One unique selling point is the strength of its international network and “outstanding coordination of big projects involving numerous jurisdictions”, including renewals, recordals, search and clearance. Another differentiator is the sophistication of the group’s technological infrastructure, which encompasses several custom IT solutions.

CompuMark 

Enthusiastically recommended by lawyers and attorneys worldwide, CompuMark provides a “top-quality, reliable and competitively priced service”. “It is the market leader for search and watch services, with extremely high-quality data and experienced analysts who appreciate that one size does not fit all. They offer bespoke solutions for complex global searches, acting quickly under considerable time pressure. Understanding that law and practice are evolving quickly, they are constantly innovating and offering functionality that competitors seemingly cannot.” “CompuMark is more sophisticated than others in terms of what it is doing with technology. Its thinking about AI is quite advanced.”

Corsearch  

Corsearch provides “comprehensive search reports which catch, for example, foreign language issues that others don’t. In surveying the market, there are no others that can match the accuracy and breadth of its coverage.” Interviewees are enthusiastic in their praise of the client service on offer. “Its client reps are very dedicated and get back to you immediately with helpful solutions when you have problems – they are uber responsive. They listen to your suggestions and implement changes in a way that is really impressive.” Also commented on favourably is Corsearch’s continued innovation: “It continues to anticipate clients’ needs well; its Domain Vigilance and mapping tools, for example, are particularly useful.”

Marksmen 

“When it comes to investigations, Marksmen gives you answers when you need them. It always delivers on time and in full, is very proactive and will reach out with suggestions on things to try, as opposed to saying, for example, that it just hasn’t found anything.” “The research conducted is very thorough and the service represents excellent value for money.” Marksmen works in all areas of intellectual property, not just trademarks and brands.

WebTMS 

“WebTMS is a market leader in trademark portfolio management systems. Its platform is reliable, intuitive and easy to use; it adapts well to changing needs and provides a scalable solution.” In terms of technical support, the company has it nailed: “The service is consistently good and rendered by friendly people who are patient and good listeners.” Further, WebTMS “gives tailored training to clients – and the price is right”.

Yellow Brand Protection  

“Yellow Brand Protection is well set up to partner with law firms, enabling them to spare clients a second relationship to manage and making everything more efficient and effective for everyone.” “It’s a really good platform for anti-counterfeiting and brand protection, with an excellent user interface, a commercial approach and a great track record – and it’s very cost effective.” Yellow was acquired by Corsearch in November 2018 – “a takeover that catapults Yellow to the top of the leader board for brand enforcement”.