As we approach the end of the year’s first quarter, Lebanon and Tunisia join Algeria, Cyprus, and Jordan in adopting the 11th edition of the Nice Classification. The aforementioned jurisdictions are now ready to serve applications for goods and services in the updated classes. Other Trademark Offices in the Middle East and North Africa have still not announced the adoption of the 11th edition, however.
By way of background, we note that amendments in the 11th edition cover 15 class headings and explanatory notes for seven classes. Furthermore, the list of goods and services was extended by 334 terms.
The 11th edition will be applied to all international trademark applications and registrations received by an Office of Origin on and after January 1, 2017. If a renewal or a request for any other changes in relation to an international registration is filed with WIPO after December 31, 2016, the list of goods and services of the international registration will not be subject to reclassification under the 11th edition.
Major revisions in the 11 Edition include:
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