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Jan 18, 2013 (Newsletter Issue 1/13)
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2013 Version of 10th Edition of Nice Classification

As from 2013, the Committee of Experts of the Nice Union revises the Nice Classification annually. The corresponding annual versions of each edition are published and enter into force on January 1 every year. The edition of the publication is indicated as before with an Arabic number between round brackets next to the abbreviation NCL, followed now by a hyphen and the year of the entry into force of the new version, as follows: NCL(10-2013), i.e. Nice Classification, 10th edition, version 2013.

Each new version of the Classification includes all changes adopted by the Committee of Experts since the adoption of the previous version. “Changes” consist in adding new goods and services to, and deleting goods and services from the Alphabetical List, and modifying the wording of the indications of goods and services, the Class Headings and the Explanatory Notes.

As from the 10th edition, version 2013, the Nice Classification will be published online only. The 10th edition published in June 2011 is the last printed edition.

The new version of the tenth edition of the International Classification of Goods and Services for the Purposes of the Registration of Marks (Nice Classification) has entered into force on January 1, 2013. It includes a number of changes with regard to the previous version.

WIPO will apply the 2013 version to all international applications that are received by the Office of origin on or after January 1, 2013. The office will not reclassify the list of goods and services of an international registration that is the subject, after December 31, 2012, of a renewal, subsequent designation or any other change affecting the said list.

To access the updated version of the tenth edition of the Nice Classification, please click here