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Amendments to Trademark Laws

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Mrz 13, 2024 (Newsletter Issue 2/24)
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Trade Mark Classification Standards to be Aligned with International Best Practice

On March 26, 2024, IP Australia replaces the current list of goods and services for trade mark applications with the Madrid Goods and Services (MGS) list.

The MGS list is an internationally recognised database of terms used to classify goods and services for trade mark applications. Developed and maintained by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) for IP offices to use, it contains a wider range of terms than the Australian picklist and will now be the sole picklist to align Australian classification standards with international best practice.

This change is a win for IP Australia's trade mark customers, offering them more choice in goods and services. For Australian exporters, this change will make it easier and quicker to seek protection of trade marks internationally through WIPO's Madrid System. Terms used in picklisted applications will now align with WIPO's acceptable terms.

Moreover, IP Australia is improving the search tool in its online trade mark application system with many new search terms. A new, semantic search functionality helps clients find terms on the new, larger list and choose the most accurate goods and services for your application.

For more details click here.