Madrid Goods & Services Manager Aligned with Latest Nice Classification Edition
February 10, 2017
Last month Madrid Goods & Services Manager introduced several key updates, including over 1000 new terms and alignment of the database with the 11th edition of the Nice Classification.
Before filing an international trademark application, the goods and services to be covered by the mark need to be determined. Madrid Goods & Services Manager helps users compile and verify their list of goods and services by providing access to an extensive collection of terms and descriptions—including the Nice Classification’s current alphabetical list, as well as a number of terms pre-approved by WIPO and 29 countries and regional IP Offices.
With the addition of over 1000 new pre-approved terms, the updated Madrid Goods & Services Manager provides users with an even larger, more precise set of options, offering greater flexibility and reducing the risk of refusals based on an unacceptable list of goods and services.
Over 1300 new terms
The Madrid Goods & Services Manager database includes the current Nice Classification, as well as other terms approved by WIPO and many IP Offices around the world. In addition to the 324 new terms introduced by the 11 th edition of the Nice Classification, the updated database also contains over 1000 additional new terms pre-approved by WIPO.
As a result of these updates, the database now offers over 61,000 English-language descriptions of goods and services for selection, as well as over 26,000 WIPO-approved English terms for those users who prefer to compile their list using the free-text entry function.
Modified class headings and explanatory notes
The new Madrid Goods & Services Manager fully integrates all modifications to 15 Class Headings and 22 Explanatory Notes introduced in the 11 th edition of the Nice Classification, including the notable transfer to Class 21 of all types of serving utensils.
The transfer of serving utensils was just one of many class transfers introduced by the 11 th edition of the Nice Classification, in conjunction with several additions, deletions and rephrased headings.
Also transferred to Class 21 were nutcrackers, and crab and lobster crackers, among others. Due to the re-categorization of mortars and pestles based on use, suribachi [Japanese-style earthenware mortars] and surikogi [Japanese-style wooden pestles] intended for kitchen use were also transferred to Class 21.
As a result of several distinctions introduced in headings related to medicated versus non-medicated goods, a number of terms have been moved from Class 3 to Class 5. These include medicated shampoos, soaps, toothpastes, dentifrices, hair lotions, antibacterial soaps, hand washes, disinfecting soaps and disinfectants, and germicidal detergents.
A number of other Classes were affected by transfers, which have all been reflected in the latest edition of the Nice Classification.
Participation by Canada
Madrid Goods & Services Manager now offers users the opportunity to check whether their list of terms (including those from the Nice Classification’s alphabetical list) will be accepted by the Canadian Intellectual Property Office, an Office that does not currently participate in the Madrid System. The country has indicated plans to join the System in the coming years, but with information displayed in the database ahead of Canada’s accession, users can use the tool when filing trademark applications directly with the Canadian Office until such time as Canada becomes an official member of the Madrid System.
The database offers a number of invaluable features and content designed to support users in compiling an acceptable list of goods and services for their international trademark application.
- Multilingual - All database content—including Help and FAQ pages—is available in the three official Madrid System filing languages (English, French and Spanish), as well as 15 additional languages: Arabic, Chinese, Dutch, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mongolian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Russian, Serbian, Turkish and Ukrainian.
- Full alignment with current Nice Classification – All Classes, Class Headings and terms from the alphabetical list of the Nice Classification are provided in 18 different languages. (Translations are based on transfers and changes carried out in the two official languages of the Nice Classification, i.e. English and French.)
- Explanatory Notes in 18 languages, to help users determine the correct classification of terms not found in the Nice Classification’s alphabetical list.
- Search by Nice Classification “indication basic number” – The database allows users to search by Nice Classification basic number, the number officially attributed to each item (a.k.a. “indication”) in the alphabetical list of goods and services.
- 28 participating Madrid System members and Canada – The number of Madrid System Contracting Parties participating in the Madrid Goods & Services Manager continues to grow—and with Canada’s recent participation, this figure is likely to increase in the coming years.
- “Check acceptance” features – To help reduce the risk of irregularities and provisional refusals caused by errors in the list of goods and services in an international application, the database offers specialized features that permit users to check whether or not a term will be accepted by WIPO (using the “Check acceptance by WIPO” feature), as well as whether terms accepted by WIPO will also be accepted by a member’s IP Office (using the “Check acceptance by dCP” feature).
- Similar group codes - Some countries have developed coding systems to facilitate trademark searches through the use of “similar group codes”. (Similar group codes are also used in some IP Offices during the examination process.) Users of Madrid Goods & Services Manager can now access national “similar group codes” for the IP Offices of Japan (JPO) and of the Republic of Korea (KIPO), which were the first IP Offices to communicate these codes to WIPO.
Madrid Goods & Services Manager is a multilingual e-service that helps you compile the complete list of goods and services required to file an international trademark application. It provides terms from the alphabetical list of the Nice Classification, as well as many other terms that have been pre-approved by WIPO, Canada, and 28 IP Offices under the Madrid System. Using pre-approved terms helps reduce delays and costs linked to irregularity notices and provisional refusals. The Madrid Goods & Services Manager database is available in 18 languages, including the three official languages of the Madrid System (English, French and Spanish).