As part of efforts to provide the latest terminology for trademark applicants while satisfying the demands of industry, Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) has amended its list of classes of goods and services that can be registered for trademark in Taiwan. The new classification adopts the most widely-known names and characteristics of each of the classes of goods and services listed in the 9th edition of the internationally-recognized Nice Classification, which is administered by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and originally based on the Nice Agreement Concerning the International Classification of Goods and Services for the Purposes of the Registration of Marks.
As is stated in Article 17, Paragraph 1 of the Trademark Act, trademark applicants must submit an application “stating the proposed trademark, and its designated goods or services and the class(es) thereof.” Furthermore, according to Article 17, Paragraph 5, “classifications on goods or services shall be prescribed in the Enforcement Rules of this Act”. An attachment listing these classifications has therefore been added to Rule 13 of the Enforcement Rules of Trademark Act. The amended classifications have been posted on the official TIPO website and can be viewed at the following URL: ( http://www.tipo.gov.tw/ch/MultiMedia_FileDownload.ashx?guid=4bd4b201-da31-4e6a-97b0-0cad7717991f )