The National Board of Patents and Registration of Finland specifies its interpretation of the use of class headings

If the list of goods and services of a trademark applied for before 1 October 2012 includes an entire class heading, the National Board of Patents and Registration of Finland interprets the list of goods and services as covering all goods or services in that class at the time of the application.

From 1 October 2012, however, you must, for the sake of clarity, indicate in your trademark application whether you – by using a class heading – want the application to cover all goods or services included in the Nice Alphabetical List of that class at the time of the application. This can be done by indicating after the class heading that the application also covers all other goods, or all other services, in that class in the Nice Alphabetical List.

If you do not clarify this in your application your application only covers goods or services included in the literal meaning of the individual terms in the class heading.

The Nice Alphabetical List only includes some of the goods or services that are classified in a particular class. If you seek protection for any goods or services not clearly included in any class heading, you should write what the goods or services are (after the class heading in the list of goods and services in your application), to make it clear that those goods or services are included in the list.

To speed up the processing of your application and to minimize the number of obstacles for registration, we recommend that you only seek protection for those goods or services for which the trademark is intended to be used.

For further information, please contact:

Mr Turkka Vaahtolammi
Lawyer
Tel. +358 9 6939 5586

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Latest update 19.09.2012