Local PTO joins TM5 ID List
The Colombian Superintendence of Industry and Commerce (SIC) has recently joined the TM5 ID List, a compilation of approximately 14,000 pre-approved descriptions (“IDs” or “identifications”) of goods or services that are associated with trademarks.
The TM5 ID List was developed by the TM5 partner offices, namely, the Japan Patent Office (JPO), the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO), the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (EUIPO), the State Administration for Industry and Commerce of the People’s Republic of China (SAIC) and the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). After the Madrid Goods & Services Manager (MGS) and TMClass, the TM5 ID List is the third harmonized list of goods or services associated with trademarks available to users.
The joining of Colombia to the TM5 ID List is a result of a cooperation agreement signed by the SIC with the TM5 partner offices in order to facilitate trademark registrations both nationally and internationally.
Trademark applicants must provide national offices with IDs of the goods or services that are associated with the trademarks for which they are applying. Applicants can either craft the IDs on their own, or select an ID, or a combination of IDs, from lists of possible IDs that the national offices have approved. Therefore, trademarks applicants can trust that IDs found in the TM5 ID List will be accepted at all TM5 partner offices and other participating offices, increasing the predictability and consistency of decisions and legal certainty among these offices.
The TM5 ID List has been primarily approved and translated by the SIC. Other countries that have joined this initiative as observers are Mexico, Chile, Philippines, Russia and Singapore.