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IPOPHL has adopted the EU trademark database in order to facilitate the application process

The Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) has updated its online trademark filing tool to make use of the European Union’s (EU) harmonized database of goods and services (HDB), which is currently the world’s largest multilingual trademark classification database. The HDB is currently the largest multilingual trademark classification database in the world.

The HDB includes approximately 78,000 words from which users may select when describing the nature of the products and services for which a trademark application is being submitted. In the HDB, all terms are immediately recognized by IPOPHL and all trademark offices across the European Union.

In order to successfully register a trademark, it is necessary to specify or describe the products and services that are connected with the mark. If a mark is confusingly similar to another, IP offices will be able to assess whether or not the application should be rejected on this basis.
Aside from that, IPOPHL’s method is more closely aligned with worldwide trademark filing requirements since it incorporates the most recent version of the Nice classification β€” the international trademark classification system β€” into the database.

Local companies submitting trademark applications at intellectual property (IP) offices throughout the EU, as well as international applicants applying at IPOPHL, benefit from the adoption of the EU’s HDB, according to IPOPHL Director General Rowel Barba in a statement released Monday.

He claims that doing so would prevent the possibility of being objected to or the application being delayed due to categorization or description mistakes, which would result in the applicant having to pay for a new application and waiting for a longer period of time to get a judgment.

According to Barba, companies will have a more comprehensive list of categories to consider when doing their due diligence search as a result of the increased number of keywords available to filers.

This will allow them to find product or service marks that may be in conflict with their own application and, in this way, assess their chances of approval before proceeding with the application, Barba said. Those who have registered marks can also benefit from this expansion because it allows them to monitor whether their marks are being infringed on and anticipate risks of future cancellation, Barba said.

It is the 17th IP office outside of the EU and the 85th out of all national and regional IP offices in the globe to utilize the HDB, according to the HDB website.

The database integration, which was completed by IPOPHL’s Bureau of Trademarks and Management Information Service, is one of the outputs of the ARISE Plus IP Rights (ARISE+IPR) initiative, which is a collaboration between IPOPHL and the EU Intellectual Property Office.

ASEAN IP Rights Action Plan 2016-2025: ARISE+IPR is a five-year, €5.5 million EU-funded initiative to assist the ASEAN IP Rights Action Plan 2016, which seeks to enhance intellectual property (IP) development, protection, use, administration, and enforcement throughout ASEAN member nations.

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