May 3, 2011

A Guide to Pharmaceutical Trademarks

Managing Intellectual Property

When creating trademarks, pharmaceutical companies often choose words that are similar to the generic names of the International Nonproprietary Name (INN) system administered by the World Health Organization. These marks frequently incorporate the first or last syllables of the relevant INN. The chart below provides samples of trademarks—registered in Class 5 for pharmaceutical products—that are similar to an INN.