As of 28 July 2021, the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) uses and accepts the list of terms from the harmonised database of goods and services (HDB) in TMclass.
Following IPOPHL’s decision to use HDB, there are now 17 IP offices outside the EU which use and accept terms from this database.
The addition of IPOPHL in TMclass brings the total number of participating national and regional IP offices, including ARIPO, OAPI, WIPO and EUIPO, to 85.
TMclass offers users the opportunity to search and translate goods and services to and from any of the 44 languages available.
What is the HDB?
The HDB or harmonised database is the world's largest multilingual database for goods and services. The terms it contains have been pre-approved by all EU national and regional IP offices, including the EUIPO.
Whenever a user selects a term from the HDB, they can be sure it will be accepted when their application is examined. It will also mean that the term is already translated into all other EU languages. The application can therefore be processed more smoothly.
The adoption of HDB by IPOPHL is a concrete result of the IP Key South-East Asia programme funded by the European Union and implemented by the EUIPO.