Moving Closer to Trademark Law Harmonization – CIPO joins OHIM Database of Goods and Services

On August 25, 2014, the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) joined the European Community Trademark Office (OHIM) database of goods and services,  TMclass.   TMclass is an online tool, with over 60,000 entries in 28 languages, that allows trademark practitioners to verify whether a particular term is acceptable in other national trademark offices.  Canada joins over 25 cooperating countries including the United Kingdom, Japan, Italy, Mexico and the United States.

The Canadian Wares and Services Manual will now include several thousand new entries classified in accordance with the Nice Agreement.  As reported earlier, it is anticipated that Canada will implement the Nice Classification system in 2015, which will require that all goods and services be grouped in accordance with the international classes.  Access to TMclass may streamline and standardize this task.

For further information, please visit the CIPO site or contact Paula Clancy.

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