The Indian Trademark Office has amended the Trade Mark Rules of the year 2002 with effect from May 20, 2010. An additional 4 classes have been added to the classes of services. As a result, the trademark classification in India is now essentially identical to the 9th edition of the NICE Classification, as the number of classes is 45 instead of the earlier 42. It is important to note that this new amendment did not include any new services, but expanded the list of services in class 42 into 4 new classes. The added classes are as follows:

42. Scientific and technological services and research and design relating thereto; industrial analysis and research services; design and development of computer hardware and software.
43. Services for providing food and drink; temporary accommodation.
44. Medical services, veterinary services, hygienic and beauty care for human beings or animals; agriculture, horticulture and forestry services.
45. Legal services; security services for the protection of property and individuals; personal and social services rendered by others to meet the needs of individuals.

It is worth noting that trademark registrations as well as pending applications in class 42 should be re-classified into the proper classes of 43 to 45. The Indian Trademark Office has notified all relevant parties that trademark registrations will not be renewed in case they have not been properly re-classified. In this regard, Saba & Co. Intellectual Property will be reviewing its files and notifying its clients of any required changes. 

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