International Trademark Info for Silhouette & Cricut Crafters

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I’ve gotten several emails from international crafters and small businesses asking about trademark information and trademark laws for their countries. I’ll be completely honest, I do not know much about trademark laws outside of the United States. However, here’s the information I do know – and links for you to get more information.

US Trademark Laws Don’t Apply Outside of the US

First, and most importantly: If you are a small business crafter outside of the United States, US trademark registrations do not apply to you. You’ll want to access the trademark database for your country for trademark information. Additionally, if you sell in a marketplace (for example: Etsy) and you receive a cease and desist letter to stop selling a design – you’ll want to ask for proof of registration in your country.

Trademark Databases Outside the US

Click here for Australia’s trade mark database

Click here for Brazil’s trademark database

Click here for Canada’s trade-mark database

Click here for the U.K. trade mark database

If you are outside of these areas, do a Google search for “your country” trademark database. (P.S. If you are wondering, Cutting for Business is popular with readers in the above countries.)

Global Brand Database

There is a global brand database located at this link. It allows you to search one database and find trademarks for many countries at the same time.

What is the Madrid Protocol?

The Madrid Protocol is a treaty related to filing international trademarks. Put very simply, the Madrid System allows people who are filing are trademark registration to file one set of paperwork and pay one fee for protection of their work in 97 countries. A list of countries is available at this link.

No matter what country your Silhouette or Cricut business is located in, it is important to do research about trademarks in your country. For more US based information, see this section on Cutting for Business.

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4 thoughts on “International Trademark Info for Silhouette & Cricut Crafters”

  1. Hi Christine 🙂
    Thanks so much for this article, I am in Australia and wasn’t aware the Trademarks were country specific (am only new starting my business). Just wondering if you could clarify something for me? If I search a phrase and it’s not trademarked that most likely means that it’s fine to use? *I know that you are not offering legal opinion/knowledge and that it is general information/knowledge that you are giving 🙂 *
    Thanks so much, Nicole

  2. Thank you for all this information. If you sell on Etsy from outside the US, to US customers, do you need to watch out for US trademarks? (Or any other country where your customers are, for that matter)

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