The Spanish Trade Mark Office has recently altered its practice to accept certain goods and services which could not be protected before. The most significant of these is the protection of retail services in stores which may now be accepted for registration in class 35.

Additionally, specifications which include the terms fittings, accessories and spare partsmay now be accepted as long as they relate to other products claimed in the same class. The terms cannot be accepted as a goods specification on its own.

A specification reading franchise services will not be accepted as the term is too imprecise. However, franchise services relating to other services will be accepted.