The Trade Marks and Designs Registration Office of the European Union
Experts from national IP offices, user associations and OHIM have reached agreement on the principles of a new common practice on the treatment of Class Headings. The group was taking part in a planned series of meetings on Class Headings practice and the Harmonisation of Goods and Services in which they also considered the implications of the “IP Translator” judgment. Speaking prior to today’s agreement, Dimitris Botis, from OHIM’s legal affairs service said delegates regarding the judgment as an opportunity to press ahead with the convergence that they had been working towards for over a year.
The convergence meeting on Class Headings set out the principles of a new common practice whereby a structure of “class scopes” will be used which, ideally, represent the content of a given class at a given time. The class scopes are derived from the Taxonomy of the harmonised database on goods and services and all terms used in the class scopes will be classifiable. The principles of the new common practice will be proposed to OHIM’s Administrative Board and Budget Committee in November.
Meanwhile, the next step will be to draw up the first full version of the class scopes based on the Taxonomy structure, organise the translations of these class scopes and create a timeline for the implementation of the common practice including working procedures and IT systems.
June 27, 2012