As of 5 July 2021, the Intellectual Property Office of Saint Kitts and Nevis (IPOSKN) will use and accept the list of terms from the harmonised database of goods and services (HDB) in TMclass.
Following IPOSKN’s decision to use HDB there are now 14 IP offices outside the European Union (EU), which use and accept terms from this database.
The last additions of IPOSKN in TMclass brings the total number of participating national and regional IP Offices, including ARIPO, OAPI, WIPO and EUIPO, to 82.
TMclass offers users the opportunity to search and translate goods and services to and from any of the 44 languages available.
The adoption of HDB by IPOSKN are concrete results of the CARIFORUM Intellectual Property and Innovation Project funded under the 11th European Development Fund and implemented by the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO).
What is the HDB?
The HDB or Harmonised Database is the world's largest multilingual database for goods and services. The terms it contains have been pre-approved by all EU national and regional IP offices, including the EUIPO.
Whenever a user selects a term from the HDB, they can be sure it will be accepted when their application is examined. It will also mean that the term is already translated into all other EU languages. The application can therefore be processed more smoothly.