OHIM recently introduced a new tool which will make it easier to predict whether the specifications of goods and services covered by a Community trade mark application will be accepted by the examiner or not. The “Goods and Services Builder” can be found on OHIM’s website: https://oami.europa.eu

Here’s a quick guide to how it works:

  1. Click on “Online services”

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  1. Click on “Create your list”

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Direct link: https://oami.europa.eu/ohimportal/en/online-services

This tool offers the possibility to enter goods and services terms (single terms or numerous terms separated by semicolons). The database will then verify the terms entered and indicate whether they will be accepted or not. Here is how to do that:

1. Click on “Add Goods and Services”

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2. Select the Nice Class under which the term(s) to be checked fall(s):

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3. Enter the term(s):

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4. Click on “Done” or enter more terms:

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5. The tool will tell you which terms are valid, which ones are not, and which ones might need “manual consideration” by an examiner:

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So far, the tool is still very rudimentary and does not allow checking broad combined terms. Instead of, for example, checking for “compact discs, dvds and other digital recording media” in Class 9 the separated terms “compact discs; dvds; digital recording media” (do not forget the semicolons) should be used:

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Whilst by no means a complete answer to drafting specifications for CTMs, the Goods and Services Builder does help provide an idea of where to expect objections. Moreover, due to the fact that the tool checks whether the selected terms match those in the database of terms already accepted by OHIM, the result only indicates whether the intended specification qualifies for a Fast Track application (https://oami.europa.eu/ohimportal/en/fast-track-conditions).

Try it out!