The 11th edition of the International Classification of Goods
and Services will enter into force on January 1, 2017. This latest
edition includes several amendments determined by the Committee of
Experts of the Nice Union during its last session early in
The International Bureau of the World Intellectual Property
Organization (WIPO), will apply the new edition of the Nice
Classification to all applications for international registration
file as of January 1, 2017.
The Bureau will not reclassify the goods and services of an
international registration within a renewal proceeding, subsequent
designation or any other change filed after December 31, 2016.
Additionally, the Committee of Experts of the Nice Union issued
a recommendation to insert the abbreviation
"NCL(11-2017)" next to the list of goods and services in
the notifications sent to designated Contracting Parties,
registration certificates and publications for all international
registrations classified according to the eleventh edition of the
Nice Classification. The International Bureau of WIPO has announced
that they will comply with this recommendation.
Lastly, the classification tool available for the Madrid System,
Madrid Goods and Services Manager (MGS), will be updated according
to the changes introduced by the newest edition of the Nice
The MGS has a special function by which trademark applicants and
registrants will be able to verify acceptability of list of goods
and services in each Contracting Party Office and automatically
reclassify goods and services in accordance to the 11th edition of
the Nice Classification.
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