An International Nonproprietary Name (INN) is a unique and globally recognized name assigned to pharmaceutical substances by the World Health Organisation (WHO). It is used to identify a particular active pharmaceutical ingredient and is intended to facilitate communication between healthcare professionals and patients around the world.
If the results of the search so conducted are affirmative, that is, if the proposed INN name is already a registered trademark in a particular jurisdiction, it will not receive recognition from the WHO for public use. Therefore, an INN Trademark Search ensures:
After choosing any or all of these databases, you can conduct a preliminary search of the proposed INN name through them. This search will identify any potentially conflicting trademarks that are already registered or pending for registration with the concerned authorities.
If a conflicting mark is found, further investigation may be conducted to determine the scope and extent of the conflict and this could involve consulting with a trademark attorney or legal experts. The results of the investigation will determine whether the proposed INN name can be applied for recognition from the WHO or will it have to be changed or modified.
If the search reveals that another company has already registered a trademark using the name “Pain-Relix” for a similar product or service, then it would create a potential conflict or IPR infringement and require further investigation to determine if the proposed INN name can be put to use. However, if the search results show no conflicts, the company can proceed to apply for recognition of the proposed INN name to the WHO.