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IP Australia to adopt Madrid Goods and Services List for trade marks from March 2024

IP Australia has announced that from March 2024 it will replace its proprietary trade mark goods and services "picklist" with the international standard Madrid Goods and Services (MGS) list developed by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).

The MGS list is adopted by WIPO for international trade mark applications under the Madrid Protocol and by the national trade mark offices of several other jurisdictions as a standardised method to classify and specify the goods and services claimed in trade mark applications.

The change should result in greater harmonisation and standardisation, and lead to reduced discrepancies and errors, for the classification and specification of goods and services across domestic and international trade mark filings.

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