The harmonized database of goods and services (HDB) of the European Union (EU) is now being used by the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines.
The HBD is currently the largest multilingual trademark classification database in the world.
It contains over 78,000 terms that users can choose from when indicating the nature of the goods and services for which the mark is sought.
All terms in the HDB are automatically accepted by IPOPHL and all trademark offices in the EU.
Specifying or describing the goods and services associated with a trademark is a critical step in application.
This will set the limits of the trademark protection sought for and help IP offices determine whether a mark is confusingly similar to another, a conflict that is a ground for rejection.
The database also integrates the most updated version of the Nice classification — the international trademark classification system, making IPOPHL’s system more harmonized with global trademark filing standards.