On January 19, 2016, the Brazilian National Institute of Industrial Property (INPI) joined TMclass, the international technical cooperation platform for trademarks administered by the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM).
TMclass is a free and open tool that helps both users and trademark examiners in the search, classification and translation of goods and services. The information is available through the classification databases of the 58 TMclass participant offices.
TMclass helps to search for and classify goods and services (terms) needed to apply for trademark protection. The system also offers translation of a list of goods and services and verifies if those terms appear in the classification databases of the participating offices.
In addition, INPI plans to complete its integration into the TMview database (trademark search tool developed by OHIM) by the end of this month, and DesignView database (OHIM´s search tool for industrial designs) in October 2016.
Currently, the Mexican Institute of Industrial Property (IMPI) is the only other Latin American IP Office that has joined TMclass, TMview and Designview.
Originally published 10 February 2016
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