TMEP 1902.02(g)(i): Reclassifying Goods/Services

October 2017 Edition of the TMEP

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1902.02(g)(i)    Reclassifying Goods/Services

If the goods or services in the basic application and/or registration are classified under the old U.S. classification system ( see TMEP §1401.02), it is advisable to reclassify the goods/services into international classes in the international application, to avoid issuance of a notice of irregularity by the IB.  Applicants using the prepopulated TEAS form must reclassify such goods/services into international classes because the form does not recognize U.S. class designations.

See TMEP §1902.02(g)(ii) regarding reclassification of goods/services in U.S. Classes A, B, or 200.

It is also advisable to reclassify the goods when the identification of goods in the basic application and/or registration comprises kits or gift baskets.  See TMEP §1902.02(g)(iii) for further information.

The IB provides a database of properly classified terms, the Madrid Goods and Services Manager (MGSM), at http://www.wipo.int. Applicants may refer to the MGSM to review the classification assigned by the IB to more than 40,000 goods and services as well as the translation of such goods/services into several languages.