Today's topic is about Trademark and Copyright searches, which are ALL available to the public.
Want to find out when someone has filed a trademark?
It's very easy to do. Do a google search for Trademark Search. There are countless sites. One can even go to the US Trademark online office and find out tons of information on a pending or registered trademark.
Here are some links.
US Trademark Office
Once you have selected a site, do a search with the exact name you are looking for.
In this case as demonstrated below by the screenshot, we are looking up My- Besties.
Same as copyright searchs.
Every wondered who has the first copyright date?
Check out this site, The US Copyright Office.
Here once again you can do a public search..
Now with the US copyright office you might have to use keywords instead and at other times actual names of the artists or pieces of work.
Now when you copyright an image you must use the exact image and title of the piece. Once filed you receive a number but it takes a few months before it documented and becomes official. An artist can not grab a previous title/image that has been copyrighted, for example Girl with Frog, and years later say a newly created image which looks nothing like Girl with Frog is the same image. It doesn't work that way. You CAN NOT alter copyright information to suit your needs.
If you ever question a trademark or an artist's copyright use the online public search. It's an amazing tool.