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Feb 25, 2021 (Newsletter Issue 4/21)
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Japan-Taiwan Concordance List of Similar Group Codes Published

On January 25, 2021, the Japanese Patent Office (JPO) published the Japan-Taiwan Concordance List of Similar Group Codes corresponding to Nice Classification, 11th edition, version 2021 (NCL11-2021).

Similar group codes are the codes assigned to goods and services that are presumed to be similar to each other in trademark examination, and therefore classified into a group. The Japan-Taiwan Concordance List of Similar Group Codes aims to improve the predictability of examination results, by encouraging users who file trademark applications with the JPO or the Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) to utilize this List when searching for the existence of already registered trademarks.

The concordance list is available as PDF list and as Excel table

More information can be seen on JPO's website here