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IP Translator: New provisional feature for the identification of goods and services when e-filing CTM applications
In my letter of 20 June last regarding the Court ruling C-301/10 on the “IP Translator” case, I indicated that OHIM would be revising its e-filing systems to provide a user-friendly solution when Community trade mark (CTM) applicants use class headings to claim protection for all the goods and services [does Merpel detect sports terminology here? tennis, perhaps?] in the alphabetical list of the Nice Classification. I am now pleased to inform you that during August, OHIM will integrate a new provisional feature in the section on goods and services in the electronic Community trade mark application form. The new feature will allow Community trade mark applicants to tick a box [the President has an interest in boxing?] to indicate that the application intends to extend the coverage beyond the Class Heading [heading? That's football ...] to the alphabetical list of the Nice Classification. This box tick option will replace the interim efiling requirement of attaching a separate declaration, meaning that the submittal of a declaration [declaration! That's cricket, sadly no longer an Olympic sport] will not be required nor accepted. If you have requested the full Class Heading title in the goods and services section of the e-filing form by ticking the indicated box, a confirmation text will be generated to the Class Heading title specifying the intention of the application to cover the entire alphabetical list of the Nice Classification for the respective class.
We hope that this update will facilitate greater efficiency and transparency [Merpel, a modest feline, hopes that transparency is not the next thing to happen to ladies' beach volleyball uniforms, which have become steadily less apparent since the sport was introduced in the 1920s] for both users and examiners in light of the implications of the Court ruling C-301/10. As expressed on prior occasions, the work being carried out under the Convergence project relating to the Harmonization of Goods and Services and the taxonomy project are fundamental to achieving harmonization on classification practices in the EU. The concrete results of the taxonomy project that are expected by the end of this year will allow CTM applicants to clearly and precisely specify the scope of protection desired. Specifically, the CTM e-filing system will be enhanced and completed with a taxonomy structure functionality ensuring that applicants have the necessary tools and services to apply a clear, precise, practical and consistent approach when identifying goods and services.
Even in the Roaring 1920s, modesty prevailed
Should you have any comments on the new feature proposed on the CTM e-filing form, we would be pleased to hear from you by Monday, 6 August 2012 [That doesn't give much time to get one's thoughts together. A bit of a sprint, really]. We apologise for this short notice but your understanding is appreciated taking into account the summer break [break? But sadly snooker, a sport in which Team GB might be expected to excel, is not an Olympic sport] period.