Changes to Nice – 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, due […]

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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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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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Multiple country updates – January 2019

IP Office updates - January 2019

  1. USPTO, IP Australia and IPONZ all kept busy in January...
  2. IPONZ alone added 4000+ pre-approved terms
  3. IP Australia now allows the broad term "online retail services" as well as "retail services"

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