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Amendments to Trademark Laws

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Mai 02, 2012 (Newsletter Issue 7/12)
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Class Headings No Longer Acceptable

The Trademark Office issued an official notification on April 11, 2012 that claiming class headings are no longer acceptable. Applicants will no longer be able to file an application claiming the whole class without specifying the particular goods / services. The actual language of the goods or services specified in the registration will define the parameters of the scope of protection of a registration. This new decision applies to all new applications. As for pending applications, an office action is expected to be issued at the time of examination in case the list of goods/services claimed requires modification. Applicants will be informed accordingly.