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Review: iOS App Quisitive

I recently received a review copy of Quisitive, a new iOS app for screening name ideas and searching U.S. trademarks from Weblaws.org.

• Increasing access to the legal system by publishing accessible legal content and lowering the cost of legal research,
• Creating new ways to browse and learn the law,
• Providing a basis for computer-assisted academic research and analysis of statutes.

Upon starting Quisitive, you are presented with the following screen:

One simply has to enter in a name, owner, or registration/serial number, and Quisitive will query the United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) TESS & TARR databases. After putting it through its paces for a few days, I can confirm that it provided reliable, up-to-date data on every Trademark that I threw at it. I didn’t receive any negative results or missteps.

The interface is straight forward and easy to use. It’s a fully developed and matured platform, definitely not something that was thrown together on a budget or in a “build-it-yourself” app creation engine. The app never crashed or locked up on in me in 3 to 4 days of use.

It’s also worth noting that Quisitive is the only trademark search app in the App Store at the moment.

Detail pages provide a general overview of the Trademark, as well as one click options to Google for more information about the company and email the results. It also keeps a record of your search history for easy access. Click the below thumbnails for full size images.

The included FAQ and Tademark Classes will likely be informative for non-lawyers as it provides a fairly brief overview of current Trademark Law, but will not be of that much interest to lawyers.

Weblaws is also promising that Quisitive will soon incorporate relevant content from branding & intellectual property experts, plus name screening against several common law data sources in a future update.

At $4.99, the app is a bit more expensive than most apps, but is also currently the only app that performs Trademark searches and is clean, intuitive, and easy-to-use. If Weblaws follows up on its promises to update the app for screening against common law data sources, it’s only going to grow more useful. Regardless, for an intellectual property lawyer on the go, I’d imagine that $4.99 is a more than reasonable price to pay for easy-to-use, mobile access to the (USPTO) TESS & TARR databases.

Click on the App Store Logo to purchase Quisitive.