Important to specify the list of goods and services for your trademark

If you applied to register your trademark before 1 January 2014, you may have the opportunity to specify the list of goods and services for the mark.

The new Finnish Trademarks Act entered into force on 1 May 2019 and brought changes to what goods and services old registrations are considered to cover.

Nowadays trademark applications only cover the goods and services included in the literal meaning of the list of goods and services. However, previous registrations may contain lists of goods and services where the scope of protection does not correspond to the current practice. We provide the owners of such registrations with the opportunity to specify their lists.

It is important to specify the list of goods and services. If you do not do that, the scope of protection for your trademark may be restricted.

Which trademarks can be specified?

You have the opportunity to specify your list of goods and services if the application for your trademark was filed before 1 January 2014 and the list:
  • only contains the number of the goods class or service class;
  • includes a reference to all the goods or services in a specific class;
  • includes a reference to the Nice Alphabetical List; or
  • covers the entire class heading of a goods class or service class as presented in the Nice Classification, and the mark was applied for before 1 October 2012.

When should I specify the list?

Specify your list of goods and services at the latest when you apply to renew your trademark registration. If you renew the registration on 1 May or later, always check first if the opportunity to specify the list applies to your trademark.

If the expiry date for your trademark is earlier than 1 May 2019 and you renew the registration after that, you can specify the list on 1 November 2019 at the latest.

Once you have renewed the registration, the list of goods and services is always considered to “only" cover the goods and services included in the literal meaning of the list, no matter if you have specified the list or not.

See our instructions at prh.fi on how to specify the list of goods and services.

For more information please contact:

Ms Pirjo Aro-Helander
Head of Division
Tel. +358 29 509 5524
Email: firstname.lastname@prh.fi

Advisory service for trademark classification
Tel. +358 29 509 5251
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Latest update 08.05.2019