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Feb 07, 2012 (Newsletter Issue 2/12)
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Countries Adopting 10th Edition of Nice Classification

The tenth edition of the Nice Classification has been adopted by the WIPO with effect of January 1, 2012.

In conformity with its previous practice, the WIPO will not reclassify the list of goods and services of an international registration that is the subject, after December 31, 2011, of a renewal, subsequent designation or any other change affecting the list of goods and services. The goods and services manager has been been adapted reflect the amendments.

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The UK Intellectual Property Office has published a helpful summary of all changes to the classification system. To access the document, please click here,


Updated list of countries that have adopted the 10th edition of the Nice Classification:

Albania, Algeria, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Benelux, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Guatemala, Hungary, Hong Kong, Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Philippines, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Uruguay, Yemen

Sources: Country Index network of local attorneys