Anticipating 2021 – Changes to Nice 11

The events of 2020 have reinforced that change is one of the only constants in our world. As 2021 approaches, we are hoping for positive change and looking forward to embracing the start of a new year. In the trademark world, annual changes to the Nice 11 Classification have become the new normal. This multilateral […]

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Another unexpected impact of Covid-19 – on trademark goods and services

With the steep growth in manufacture and sale of Covid-19-related products, IP offices have proactively taken steps to clarify which classes these emerging goods and services fall into, depending on their specific use or purpose. Trademark registries across the globe have deleted pre-approved goods and services which were deemed too vague and added a bunch […]

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Changes to Nice 11 – What you need to know for 2020

  The 2020 version of the 11th edition of the Nice Classification came into effect in January. A number of changes (some significant) were made to Nice 11 – which may have you passed you by. We mentioned them in our earlier blog, The Ghosts of Nice 11’s Past, Present & Future, but thought it was worth fleshing them out here. Since 2013, […]

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To Madrid or not Madrid #2: What about the Goods and Services?

Goods and services specifications are key when you’re deciding if Madrid is the right option for your client’s trademark filing.  As we mentioned in our last post, filing through Madrid should not be an automatic decision, and the specific mark is an important consideration.

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The Madrid Protocol: To Madrid or not Madrid? Why the mark itself matters

At Sortify.tm we think about the ins and outs of filing trademark applications around the world every day (after which we typically enjoy an in-house brewed craft beer)! If there’s one rule of thumb we have for filing internationally via the Madrid Protocol – it is that there is no rule of thumb. We don’t always recommend using Madrid and we don’t always recommend NOT using Madrid.

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