In October 2013, the CTMO issued notice on an amendment to the
10th Edition of International Classification of Goods and
Services. According to the notice, the Tenth Edition, Version
2014 of the Nice Classification will enter into force on January 1,
2014. Parts of the amendment are attached.
Some of the significant changes are noted as follows:
(i) Computer application software (downloadable),
electronic-book reader, smart phone, tablet computer, encoded
keycard, memory card for video game machine, etc. have been added
to Class 9;
(ii) Providing commercial and business contact information,
search engine optimization, website traffic optimization,
pay-per-click advertisement, providing business information via
website, etc. have been added to Class 35;
(iii) Providing on-line music (not downloadable), providing
on-line video (not downloadable), etc. have been added to Class
(iv) Electronic data storage, providing computer technology and
programming information via website, cloud computing, etc. have
been added to Class 42;
(v) On-line social networks service has been added to Class
It is encouraging to see that some popular or latest technical
terms in the relevant fields have been accepted in the
classification. To expedite the acceptance of trademark
applications, the trademark owners should ensure that the
specifications of goods or services set out in the application
forms conform to the International Classification of Goods and
Services as close as possible.
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