Pursuant to an official notification issued by the Trademark Office on April 11, 2012, claiming class headings is no longer acceptable. Applicants will no longer be able to file an application claiming the whole class without specifying the particular goods / services. In other words, the actual language of the goods or services specified in the registration will define the parameters of the scope of protection of a registration. This new decision applies to all new applications. As for pending and not accepted applications, an office action is expected to be issued at the time of examination in case the list of goods/services claimed requires modification. Applicants will be informed accordingly.

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