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Mai 21, 2013 (Newsletter Issue 7/13)
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New Version of Madrid Goods and Services Manager

The International Bureau of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has announced that in the new version of the Madrid Goods and Services Manager (MGS) the following amendments have been made:

a) The “Translate into” function has been extended to provide users with the possibility of an instant, high-quality translation into any of the 15 MGS languages, free of charge;

b) the “Check acceptance by designated Contracting Party (dCP)” function has been introduced. This function enables users to determine whether indications, compiled from MGS and contained in the lists of goods and services, would be acceptable to selected Contracting Parties.

Further, as of May 1, 2013, there are 15 languages available in MGS. In addition to the 10 languages already available (English, Arabic, Dutch, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish) the following five languages have been added: Chinese (simplified), Chinese (traditional), Japanese, Norwegian, Turkish.

MGS is an online tool of the Madrid system which allows compiling and translating lists of goods and services selected from a database containing over 40,000 indications in English, properly classified according to the most recent edition of the International Classification of Goods and Services for the Purposes of the Registration of Marks under the Nice Agreement (the Nice Classification).