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Okt 20, 2022 (Newsletter Issue 15/22)
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12th Edition of Nice Classification Adopted Soon

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) issues a final rule to incorporate classification changes adopted by the Nice Agreement Concerning the International Classification of Goods and Services for the Purposes of the Registration of Marks (Nice Agreement). The Nice Classification simplifies and streamlines the drafting of goods and services in trademark applications for customers around the world. This rule adds new services to, or deletes existing services from, the class headings for Class 36 and Class 45 to further define the types of services appropriate to the classes.

These changes are included in the Nice Classification, 12th edition, version 2023 (NCL 12-2023), which takes effect on 1 January 2023. It will also be available in the USPTO’s Trademark Next Generation ID Manual on 1 January 2023.

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