7.4. Classification: Cases of doubt

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The application form should provide a clear and specific product name that matches the representations supplied. Sometimes, however, the product name and representations are vague or the name does not appear to match what is shown in the representations. This can make it difficult to find the right class for a product.

The Australian classification system requires the nature, function or purpose of the product to be understood to enable accurate classification. If we receive an application where the product name is vague and we are not sure what it is, including its function or purpose, we should make a tentative classification and request more information from the applicant. We can then amend the classification (and perhaps the product name as well) based on that further information.

If the applicant provides more information and it is still difficult to determine the classification, the formalities officer or examiner will seek advice from the Designs Section Team Leader.

Amended Reasons

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