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12. February 2014

Changes in goods / services descriptions accepted in Norwegian TM applications

In a trademark application it must be indicated which goods and/or services the trademark is applied for. These goods and services are standardized in 45 classes in the so called Nice Classification List.

From February 1st 2014 it has been made changes in which description of the goods and services that are accepted as sufficiently specified. The changes only occur for some of the 45 classes. The changes are made in the so called class headings.

The reason behind the changes is that the earlier class headings are considered too vague and inaccurate.  Below it is shown in bold types which terms that must be specified in the different classes.

Cl. 6 – Goods of common metal not included in other classes
• Cl. 7 – Machines and machine tools
• Cl. 14 – Precious metals and their alloys and goods in precious metals or coated therewith, not included in other classes
• Cl. 16 – Paper, cardboard and goods made from these materials [paper and cardboard], not included in other classes
• Cl. 17 – Rubber, gutta-percha, gum, asbestos, mica and goods made from these materials [rubber, gutta-percha, gum, asbestos and mica] and not included in other classes
• Cl. 18 – Leather and imitations of leather, and goods made of these materials [leather and imitations of leather] and not included in other classes
• Cl. 20 – Goods (not included in other classes) of wood, cork, reed, cane, wicker, horn, bone, ivory, whalebone, shell, amber, mother-of-pearl, meerschaum and substitutes for all these materials, or of plastics
• Cl. 37 – Repair
• Cl. 37 – Installation services
• Cl. 40 – Treatment of materials

• Cl. 45 – Personal and social services rendered by others to meet the needs of individuals
 

For those goods that are described as “goods of”, it must be indicated which goods these are. It is however expected that for example «interior goods» will be accepted as sufficiently precise type of goods in class 20. For machines in class 7 it must be specified which type of machine it is. The Norwegian Industrial Property Office mentions “farming machines” as a sufficiently specification of the goods “machines”.  What regards the services that must be specified in class 37 and 40, they must specify which goods that are repaired, installed or treated/worked on, as for example installation of windows. For the personal and social services rendered by others to meet the needs of individuals, they must indicate what kind of services these are.  

According to the Norwegian Industrial Property Office the changes are resulting from work in EUs convergence Programme of the class headings. The changes are common for Trademark applications in Europe, including Norway.

The changes are described on NIPO’s website:

http://www.patentstyret.no/Global/Filarkiv/varemerke/Common_Communication_Common_Practice.pdf