The Trade Marks and Designs Registration Office of the European Union
As of 15.10.2012, OHIM is introducing a new provisional feature in the section on goods and services in the electronic Community trade mark application form. The feature allows applicants, who have selected the Class Heading for a particular class, to tick a box indicating they wish to be covered for all the goods or services in the alphabetical list of the Nice Classification.
This measure replaces the current e-filing requirement, introduced following the Court of Justice ruling in the “IP Translator” case, to attach a separate declaration to this effect when choosing a Class Heading. The change means that a separate declaration is no longer required and will not be accepted.
OHIM hopes that the update to CTM E-Filing will make the practice on Class Headings more transparent and easy for users and examiners. As previously stated, OHIM continues to work with national IP offices and users under the Convergence Programme to achieve a complete harmonisation of Class Heading practice.
For further information on this issue, please refer to the following section: http://oami.europa.eu/ows/rw/pages/CTM/FAQ/CTM13.en.do
October 14, 2012