New Nice Classification is now in force

On 1 January 2015, a new version of the tenth edition of the International Classification of Goods and Services for the Purposes of the Registration of Marks (more commonly known as the Nice Classification) came into force.  Full details and a searchable database of goods/services using the new version can be found here.  The recent changes include a number of revisions to the specific goods and services listed under some of the classes.  Perhaps the most noteworthy revision is the transfer of ‘3D printers’ from Class 9 to Class 7 which has presumably been made because 3D printers are considered more akin to machines (which are proper to Class 7) than to other types of printers (which remain in Class 9).

Originally created in 1957, the Nice Classification is an international system used to categorise goods and services when registering trade marks.  The Nice Classification is used by all countries which are signed up to the Nice Agreement, of which there are currently 84 (including the United Kingdom), plus several other countries which have chosen to adopt the system.

If you have any questions about the classification of goods and services, please contact the Trade Marks team at Dehns.

Clare Mann, Partner