Classification is an important part of the trademark registration process, as it enables the applicant to specify the products and services to which the trademark will apply and also defines the scope of protection their trademark will enjoy. Trademarks are classified according to an international standard: the international Nice Classification. The classification comprises 45 classes, of which 34 apply to products (goods) and 11 to services.
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Classification for Intellectual Property specialists
The two main classification tools are:
Since the 1st of July the harmonised database TMclass is available on the EUIPO website (European Union Intellectual Property Office). TMclass is a common database of acceptable terms implemented currently by the harmonised offices and to be implemented and maintained by all European offices. It contains more than 60 000 terms including all the terms of the Nice alphabetical lists. As an additional benefit, this database displays goods and services in a logical structure. This allows you to search for specific goods and/or services, but also for more general goods and/or services.
- MGS Manager
The G&S Manager is an excellent tool to help you classify your trademark. Not only will you be able to find all the terms listed in the tenth edition of the Nice Classification in the G&S Manager, it also provides an additional 30,000 terms.