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Dez 09, 2014 (Newsletter Issue 19/14)
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New Version of Nice Classification into Force Soon


The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has announced the new version of the tenth edition of the International Classification of Goods and Services for the Purposes of the Registration of Marks (Nice Classification). The new version will enter into force on 1 January 2015 and can be accessed under www.wipo.int/classifications/nice/en.

The 2015 version of the tenth edition of the Nice Classification includes a number of changes with regard to the previous version. The purpose of the present notice is to inform the Offices of the Contracting Parties of the Madrid Union, as well as applicants and holders, of the practice which is followed by the International Bureau of WIPO for the examination of applications for international registration that are presented during the transition to the new version of the tenth edition of the Nice Classification.

The International Bureau of WIPO will apply the 2015 version of the tenth edition of the Nice Classification to all applications for international registration that are received by the Office of origin on or after 1 January 2015.

In conformity with its standing practice, the International Bureau of WIPO will not reclassify, in accordance with the 2015 version of the tenth edition of the Nice Classification, the list of goods and services of an international registration that is the subject, after 31 December 2014, of a renewal, subsequent designation or any other change affecting the said list.

Moreover, in accordance with the recommendation of the Committee of Experts of the Nice Union, made at its twenty-fourth session in April 2014, and for all international registrations for which the list of goods and services has been classified according to the 2015 version of the tenth edition of the Nice Classification, the International Bureau of WIPO will insert the abbreviation “NCL(10 2015)” next to the list of goods and services in the notifications sent to designated Contracting Parties, registration certificates and publications.

Finally, the Madrid Goods & Services Manager (available at www.wipo.int/mgs/) will be updated to reflect the changes introduced by the latest version of the Nice Classification.

Source: www.wipo.int