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January 22, 2020 European Trade Mark and Design Network

Malta joins DesignClass


The Commerce Department and Intellectual Property Office of Malta (CD-IPRD) is now part of the Common Harmonised Database on Product Indications (HDBPI) in DesignClass.

The integration was carried out with the support of the EUIPO’s European Cooperation Projects and in close collaboration with the CD-IPRD. As a result, the complete set of Maltese translations is now available to all users through the DesignClass tool using the Locarno Classification, which consists of 32 classes (headings) and 219 subclasses (subheadings).

DesignClass allows users to easily navigate the harmonised database of product indications to search for a specific translated term and find the class they are in before applying for design protection. Terms can be searched in 27 languages, including 23 EU languages.

The HDBPI is constantly updated so it evolves with the market and user needs. The integration of the Maltese Intellectual Property Office into the "Harmonisation community" is another step forward for this cooperation project.

The EUIPO and its stakeholders are currently collaborating on five major European Cooperation Projects. The projects aim to benefit users across the EU by providing modern, state-of-the-art tools and services for intellectual property offices.

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