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12-05-2017 (Newsletter Issue 21/17)
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2018 Version of Nice Classification in Force Soon


A new version of the eleventh edition of the International Classification of Goods and Services for the Purposes of the Registration of Marks (Nice Classification) will enter into force on January 1, 2018.

The 2018 version of the eleventh edition of the Nice Classification includes a number of changes with regard to the previous version. WIPO will apply the 2018 version of the eleventh edition of the Nice Classification to:
– any application for international registration that is received by the Office of origin on or after January 1, 2018;
– any application for international registration that is received by WIPO on or after January 1, 2018, when the said application is received by WIPO after the two-month time limit referred to in Article 3(4) of the Protocol Relating to the Madrid Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Marks.

WIPO will not reclassify, in accordance with the 2018 version of the eleventh edition of the Nice Classification, the list of goods and services of an international registration that is the subject, after December 31, 2017, of a renewal, subsequent designation or any other change affecting the said list.

WIPO will insert the abbreviation "NCL(11 2018)" next to the list of goods and services in the notifications sent to designated Contracting Parties, registration certificates and publications.

The Madrid Goods and Services Manager (MGS) will be updated to reflect the changes introduced by the 2018 version of the eleventh edition of the Nice Classification.

This new version will be available on the website of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), at the following address http://www.wipo.int/classifications/nice/en/

Changes to NCL(11-2017) can be seen here

Source: www.wipo.int