WIPO Launches On-line Tool to Assist in Filing International Trademark Applications
WIPO launched on December 20, 2010 an on-line tool - the Madrid System Goods & Services Manager (G&S Manager) - that will help trademark applicants in compiling the list of goods and services that must be submitted when filing an international application under the Madrid System for the International Registration of Marks.
The G&S Manager, which can be accessed through the WIPO GOLD portal, gives access to thousands of standard terms classified in accordance with the 9th edition of the International Classification of Goods and Services for the Purposes of the Registration of Marks (Nice Classification). Applicants using the G&S Manager can select the terms that best describe the goods and services relating to the mark.
Users of the Madrid system must ensure that they provide the correct description and classification of the goods and services for which the mark will be used. By selecting terms from the G&S Manager, applicants can be confident that no irregularity notice will be issued with respect to the classification or indication of those goods and services.
The G&S Manager is available in the three working languages of the Madrid system, namely English, French and Spanish, and gives access to some 30,000 terms in English and their equivalents in French and Spanish.
A Russian interface of the G&S Manager is also available on the WIPO website. This Russian interface gives access to some 16,000 terms that have been translated into Russian by the Federal Institute of Industrial Property (FIPS) of the Federal Service for Intellectual Property, Patents and Trademarks of the Russian Federation (ROSPATENT). Using this interface, a Russian-speaking applicant can compose a list of goods and services in Russian and then have the list translated automatically into any of the Madrid system working languages (English, French or Spanish), before finalizing and submitting an international application to WIPO.
Other language versions of the G&S Manager are currently under preparation in cooperation with the trademark offices of other Madrid Union members.
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