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TTIL / Madrid System / WIPO Releases a New Edition (June 2018) of the "Examination Guidelines Concerning the Classification of Goods and Services in International Applications"

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 ​WIPO Releases a New Edition (June 2018) of the "Examination Guidelines Concerning the Classification of Goods and Services in International Applications"
 

In an effort to better communicate the internal policies on classification applied by its Madrid System examiners, WIPO has updated its “Examination Guidelines Concerning the Classification of Goods and Services in International Applications” (Guidelines).  The Madrid System News press release regarding what's new in the new edition of the Guidelines may be found here.


As stated in the press release:  “Every international trademark application filed through WIPO’s Madrid System must include a list of the goods and services covered by your mark. Your list should be clear and concise, and must follow specific rules on how to categorize (or “classify”) each item—in short, it must comply with the principles of the International Classification of Goods and Services or “Nice Classification."   If these requirements are not met, your application will not pass examination and an “irregularity” notice will be issued.”
 

Another point raised is the benefit of using the Madrid Goods and Services Manager (MGS)​—WIPO’s database of goods and services that are acceptable to the International Bureau and more—in conjunction with the new Guidelines.  General information on how to use the Guidelines in conjunction with the MGS database may be found here.

 

While the Guidelines and MGS may not eliminate the need to consult national or regional databases of acceptable goods and services, they are useful tools—perhaps indispensable in view of Article 3(2) of the Madrid Protocol and Rules 12 and 13 of the Common Regulations—for drafting indications of goods and services in international applications, and even in national or regional applications which may become the subject of an international application.

 

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The homepage of the MGS includes links to a video tutorial, help (contents, functions and special featrues--e.g., how to check the acceptance of each entry by designated Contracting Party, and the "similar group code" assigned to each entry by the JPO and/or KIPO) and FAQs.

General information about the benefits of using the MGS database (February 10, 2017) may be found here

The most recent official publication released by WIPO regarding the MGS database is the annual “Report on the Madrid System Goods and Services Database,” Madrid Union Assembly document MM/A/50/1 (July 3, 2017).
  

All legal texts of the Madrid System, including the Madrid Protocol and the Common Regulations​, may be found here.

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