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Nov 08, 2011 (Newsletter Issue 13/11)
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Adoption of 10th Edition of Nice Classification

The Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS) announced on September 16, 2011, that the 10th edition of the Nice Classification will come into effect on January 1, 2012.
The Registry will provide more information on the specific changes shortly. However, the Search & Pick and eTrademarks Search databases will be duly updated and the relevant changes will be captured once the 10th edition of the Nice Classification comes into force.

The 9th edition of the Nice Classification shall continue to apply to all applications filed before January 1, 2012. Applications filed on or after January 1, 2012 shall be filed in accordance with the 10th edition of the Nice Classification. For the avoidance of doubt, there will be no reclassification of goods and services for existing applications filed prior to January 1, 2012, after the 10th edition of the Nice Classification comes into force. The Registry will conduct cross class searches to ensure that relevant citations are captured.

Source:, Allen & Gledhill LLP, Singapore