By Aaron Humes: If your product is “Made in Belize,” one stamp of approval is an official trademark. It certifies your product or service as yours alone and gives you an effective marketing strategy.
The Belize Intellectual Property Office (“BELIPO”) is responsible among other things for the registration and management of trademarks and has decided to adopt the TMClass HDB harmonized database, effective September 27 to classify goods and services in all trademark applications.
A statement says, “TMclass is a search tool that enables you to find the appropriate term and the corresponding class or classes to describe your goods and services for your trademark application. It is the interface to the Harmonised Database and a portal from which you will be able to access the classification database of The Belize Intellectual Property Office.”
Belizean companies can select from 78 thousand terms now available to identify the goods and services they wish to seek protection for.
Users now have a broader option to choose from and can be assured that once their application includes terms from the BELIPO database, their classification will be accepted. The TMclass is designed to be a user-friendly tool and offers advanced features to browse and search. It is accessible anytime, anywhere and at no cost.
The adoption of the HDB by BELIPO is a concrete result of the CARIFORUM Intellectual Property and Innovation Project funded under the 11th European Development Fund and implemented by the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO).