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Tenth Edition of Nice Classification Adopted

12-Feb-2012 | Source : | Visits : 8249
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AMMAN - The Tenth Edition of the International Classification of Goods and Services for the Purposes of the Registration of Marks under the Nice Agreement (Nice Classification) has been adopted in Jordan, Egypt, Algeria, Tunisia, Syria and the United Arab Emirates with effect from January 1, 2012.
As of the aforementioned date, the Trademark Offices in these countries have been accepting trademark applications for goods and services under the same edition of the classification.

According to the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), there are major changes to the classification system. Abu-Ghazaleh Intellectual Property (AGIP) highlights some of the substantive changes as follows:

- Classification of dietary and nutritional supplements and food additives (in Classes 5, 29, 30 and 31)

- Video gaming apparatus (in Classes 9 and 28)

- Electrically powered goods (in Classes 7, 8 and 9)

- Babies nappies/ diapers (in Classes 5, 16 and 25)

In addition, minor changes have been made to other items across other classes as well as class headings, explanatory notes and general remarks.

The Nice classification is continuously revised by WIPO and a new edition is published every five years. The revision is usually carried out by a Committee of Experts set under the Nice Agreement. All States party to the Agreement are members of the Committee of Experts.

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