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Okt 26, 2016 (Newsletter Issue 19/16)
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11th Edition of Nice Classification Soon in Force

WIPO informed that a new 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, 2017.

The 11th edition of the Nice Classification will be applied to all applications for international registration that are received by the Office of origin on or after January 1, 2017.

WIPO will not reclassify, in accordance with the eleventh edition of the Nice Classification, the list of goods and services of an international registration that is the subject, after December 31, 2016, of a renewal, subsequent designation or any other change affecting the said list.

Further, WIPO will insert the abbreviation “NCL(11-2017)” next to the list of goods and services in the notifications sent to designated Contracting Parties, registration certificates and publications.

The new edition will be available here once it is in force.