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Common Communication on the Common Practice on the Acceptability of Classification Terms

European Trademark and Design Network: Common Communication on the Common Practice on the Acceptability of Classification Terms v1.0, 20 February 2014
Merkenrecht. Na het BBIE [IEF 11697] verduidelijkt het EU Trademark and Design Network de zaak IP Translator [IEF 11454]. A set of three guidelines that describes criteria to determine the clarity and precision (or lack of such) of a term has been established: I. A description of goods and services is sufficiently clear and precise when its scope of protection can be understood from its natural and usual meaning.

II. If this scope of protection cannot be understood, sufficient clarity and precision may be achieved by identifying factors such as characteristics, purpose and / or identifiable market sector. Elements that could help to identify the market sector may be, but are not limited to, the following:
• consumers and/or sales channels
• skills and know-how to be used/produced
• technical capabilities to be used/produced.

III. A term may be part of the description of goods and services in a number of classes; it may be clear and precise in a particular class without further specification. For example Furniture (cl 20), Clothing (cl 25). If protection is sought for a specialised category of goods and services or a specialised market sector belonging to a different class, further specification of the term may be necessary. For example Furniture especially made for medical purposes (cl 10), Furniture especially made for laboratories (cl 9), Protective clothing (cl 9), Clothing especially for operating rooms (cl 10), Clothing for pets (cl 18). Tools such as TMclass are available to determine whether the particular category of goods and services needs this further specification or not.

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