Detecting Trademark Image Infringement Using Convolutional Neural Networks

Amy J.C. Trappey*, Charles Trappey, Sam C.C. Lin

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The rapid development of consumer products with short life spans, along with fast, global e-commerce and e-marketing distribution of products and services requires greater corporate diligence to protect intangible assets such as brands which can easily be coped or placed in grey markets. Trademarks are the government registered legal intellectual property rights (IPRs) used to protect companies’ brands and build brand equity. Given the rapid growth in the number of global trademark registrations, the number of trademark infringement cases is also increasing, a great challenge for the original trademark owner to detect the infringement and takes action to protect the brand image and related commercial interests. This research develops a trademark similarity assessment methodology based on the US trademark law related to the high likelihood of confusion and associated regulations. The research focuses on identifying trade mark image similarity using a deep learning approach. The convolutional neural network (CNN) and Siamese neural network (SNN) algorithms are modeled and trained using Cifar-10 and TopLogo-10 corpuses. These corpuses consist of more than 100,000 positive image pairs and more than 150,000 negative image pairs as training data. After training the model, an image input to the model extracts and recommends similar trade mark images found in the corpus. The solution assists users registering new trademarks to identifying similar marks that may lead to disputes. The solution also automatically screens images to identify marks that potentially infringe upon registered trademarks.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTransdisciplinary Engineering for Complex Socio-technical Systems - Proceedings of the 26th ISTE International Conference on Transdisciplinary Engineering
EditorsKazuo Hiekata, `Brian Moser, Brian Moser, Masato Inoue, Josip Stjepandic, Nel Wognum
PublisherIOS Press BV
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781614994398
StatePublished - 7 Oct 2019
Event26th ISTE International Conference on Transdisciplinary Engineering, TE 2019 - Tokyo, Japan
Duration: 30 Jul 20191 Aug 2019

Publication series

NameAdvances in Transdisciplinary Engineering


Conference26th ISTE International Conference on Transdisciplinary Engineering, TE 2019


  • Convolutional neural networks
  • Siamese neural networks
  • Trademark infringement
  • Trademark similarity assessment

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