Tm-Link: An Internationally Linked Trade Mark Database

Australian Economic Review, Forthcoming

21 Pages Posted: 22 Jan 2020

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Stephen Petrie

Swinburne University of Technology

Mitchell Adams

Swinburne University of Technology

Benjamin Mitra‐Kahn

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Matthew Johnson

Government of the Commonwealth of Australia - IP Australia

Russell Thomson

Swinburne University of Technology

Paul H. Jensen

University of Melbourne - Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research

Alfons Palangkaraya

Centre for Transformative Innovation, Faculty of Business and Law, Swinburne University of Technology

Elizabeth Webster

Swinburne University of Technology; University of Melbourne - Melbourne Institute: Applied Economic & Social Research

Date Written: December 11, 2019

Abstract

This paper reports on the construction of a new database – called TM-Link – that contains 12 million trade mark applications and registrations across six jurisdictions – Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United States, the United Kingdom and the European Union. A new feature of the database is the identification of trade mark equivalents (or families) within and across national trade mark offices. Equivalent trade marks are two, or more, insignias for the same product applied for by the same company. For patents, equivalents can be easily identified as they are almost universally linked through a legal priority nominated in the application, but for trade marks legal priority is territorial, so the incentive to file for global priority is comparatively weak. To identify the number of true trade mark equivalents we therefore create synthetic links using a neural network-based machine learning algorithm.

Keywords: Trade marks, business analytics

JEL Classification: F13, F14, O34

Suggested Citation

Petrie, Stephen and Adams, Mitchell and Mitra‐Kahn, Benjamin and Johnson, Matthew and Thomson, Russell and Jensen, Paul H. and Palangkaraya, Alfons and Webster, Elizabeth M., Tm-Link: An Internationally Linked Trade Mark Database (December 11, 2019). Australian Economic Review, Forthcoming, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3511526

Stephen Petrie (Contact Author)

Swinburne University of Technology ( email )

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Mitchell Adams

Swinburne University of Technology ( email )

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Benjamin Mitra‐Kahn

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Matthew Johnson

Government of the Commonwealth of Australia - IP Australia

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Russell Thomson

Swinburne University of Technology ( email )

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Paul H. Jensen

University of Melbourne - Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research ( email )

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Centre for Transformative Innovation, Faculty of Business and Law, Swinburne University of Technology ( email )

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Elizabeth M. Webster

Swinburne University of Technology ( email )

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University of Melbourne - Melbourne Institute: Applied Economic & Social Research ( email )

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