As of 12 July 2021, the Trinidad and Tobago Intellectual Property Office (TTIPO) and the Commerce and Intellectual Property Office of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (CIPO-VC) will be included in TMclass.
The TTIPO will join with the alphabetical list of the Nice classification, while CIPO-VC will use and accept the list of terms from the harmonised database of goods and services (HDB) in TMclass.
Following CIPO-VC’s decision to use the HDB there are now 15 IP offices outside the EU, which use and accept terms from this database.
The inclusion of the TTIPO and CIPO-VC in TMclass brings the total number of participating national and regional IP Offices to 84, including ARIPO, OAPI, WIPO and the EUIPO.
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 incorporation in TMclass of the TTIPO with Nice and the adoption of the HDB by CIPO-VC are concrete results of the CARIFORUM Intellectual Property and Innovation Project funded under the 11th European Development Fund and implemented by the 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.