The CP1 Working Group is the Working Group of the Convergence project on Classification, which brought together national and regional IP offices of the EU, OHIM and as observers Norway and Switzerland, where Norway has adopted the new common practice of the non-acceptable 11 terms of the Nice Classification class heardings. More information about the convergence of practices, including the scope and outcomes, notably TMCLASS, is available on the ETMDN website.
The OHIM proposal aims to bring greater clarity and precision to 11 Nice class headings, with the aim of making the system more useful for users and providing more accurate general indications of goods and services in each class.
The class headings affected are those of classes 6, 14, 16, 17, 18, 20, 21, 22, 24, 28 and 31. In each case, examples of the goods included and excluded will replace more general descriptions.
OHIM’s proposal came after detailed discussion among experts from IP offices and representatives of MARQUES and INTA. MARQUES contributed throughout the negotiations within the CP1 WG, and was represented by Jochen Höhfeld and Alessandra Romeo.
Alessandra said: “MARQUES has been instrumental in reviewing the Nice Classification following the adoption of the new EU common practice last year.” She added that the changes will mean that many applicants will in future avoid using a specification of goods and services that is too ambiguous, which will lead to greater legal certainty and predictability.
The proposal was approved with only minor modifications on 29th April and the changes will enter into force in the 2016 version of the 10th edition of the Nice Classification on 1st January 2016