Angola and Zambia join TMclass
As of 19 December 2022, the Angolan Institute of Industrial Property (IAPI) and the Patents and Companies Registration Agency of Zambia (PACRA) will use and accept the terms from the alphabetical list of Nice and the harmonised database of goods and services (HDB) in TMclass respectively.
Following PACRA’s decision to use the HDB, there are now 29 IP offices outside the EU that use and accept terms from this database.
The new incorporations of IAPI and PACRA in TMclass bring the total number of participating national and regional IP offices, including ARIPO, OAPI, WIPO and the EUIPO, to 94.
TMclass offers users the opportunity to search for and translate goods and services to and from any of the 44 languages available as well as verifying the terms’ correct classification under the Nice classification.
The integrations of IAPI and PACRA in TMclass are thanks to EUIPO’s International Cooperation programme in collaboration with the EU funded project called Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) Action for Africa (AfrIPI), which is directed by the European Commission and executed by EUIPO.
You can find out more at www.euipn.org and http://euipo.europa.eu/ec2 and https://internationalipcooperation.eu/en/afripi