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Madrid: WIPO highlights the Highlights

Our friends at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) have now published release 1/2017 of their ever-popular and always informative Madrid Highlights -- which you can read in full online by clicking here.

Naturally we are happy to draw the attention of our readers to various items that may not sound very exciting but which have the ability to improve the quality of life of anyone working in the field of international trade mark registration. In particular:

Madrid Goods and Services Manager (MGS) Integrate Nice Changes

The MGS recently integrated all modifications to the 11th edition of the Nice Classification. This tool offers a number of invaluable features and content designed to support users in compiling acceptable lists of goods and services for their international applications. Thanks to its exclusive “check acceptance/rejection” function, trademark owners can, in a few simple steps, find out if their goods/services will be accepted by WIPO and some 29 Offices of Designated Contracting Parties. 


WIPO Classification Guidelines Published

The recently published "Examination Guidelines Concerning the Classification of Goods and Services in International Applications"  provide detailed guidance on WIPO’s classification principles. This includes general information on the Nice Classification and the Madrid System, classification principles applied by the International Bureau and practical information on the acceptable format of goods and services lists. Used in conjunction with the Madrid Goods & Services database, the Classification Guidelines are an essential tool to help you avoid classification irregularities.


Legalization of Extracts from the International Register

Certified copies of extracts in the International Register exceptionally require legalization by Members of the Madrid System; however, clients may need to have them legalized in Non-Madrid Member States.  For this reason, WIPO launched a service, in August 2013,  by which users of the Madrid System can obtain legalization of certified extracts from the International Register.

All you need to do is send an e-mail to Madrid Client Records Unit (madrid.records@wipo.int), specifying the international registration number, the type of extract required, the time limit (normal or expedited) and the country for which the extract is requested. Cover pages can be requested in any one of the United Nation's six official languages.  An expedited service is available for extracts that are required urgently.

WIPO will take care of all formalities before the interested country’s embassy or consulate in Switzerland on behalf of clients. Clients will receive the official document and invoice directly from WIPO. 

Watch this space: we'll be pointing out a couple of further items from the Madrid Highlights on Class 46 tomorrow.

Posted by: Blog Administrator @ 11.12
Tags: Madrid System,
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