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Nice Classification: 10th Edition

January 19, 2012

As of January 1st 2012, the 10th edition of the Nice International Classification for Goods and Services entered into force. It is worth mentioning that the Trademark Offices of Algeria, Bahrain, Cyprus, Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Oman, Syria, Tunisia, Lebanon and Saudi Arabia have now adopted the 10th Edition of the Nice Classification and are now ready to serve applications for goods and services in the required classes.

Most of the updates involve the classification of dietary and nutritional supplements and food additives (primarily in classes 5, 29, 30, 31), video gaming apparatus (in classes 9 and 28), electrically powered goods (primarily in classes 7, 8, 9 and 21) and babies nappies/diapers (in classes 5, 16 and 25).  Minor changes and additions have also been made to other classes. Changes and amendments include, among other things, the transfer of goods and services from one class to another, deletions, as well as changes in class headings.

  9th Edition 10th Edition Changes
Class 5

Pharmaceutical and veterinary preparations; sanitary preparations for medical purposes; dietetic substances adapted for medical use, food for babies; plasters, materials for dressings; material for stopping teeth, dental wax; disinfectants; preparations for destroying vermin; fungicides, herbicides.

Pharmaceutical and veterinary preparations; sanitary preparations for medical purposes; dietetic food and substances adapted for medical or veterinary use,
food for babies; dietary supplements for humans and animals; plasters, materials for dressings; material for stopping teeth, dental wax; disinfectants; preparations for destroying vermin; fungicides, herbicides

– Class 5 extends to pharmaceuticals and other preparations, including dietary supplements, for veterinary purposes.
– Baby Diapers, napkin-pants and diaper-pants, regardless of whether they are disposable or made of textile, will be classified uniformly in Class 5 instead of Class 16.
– The distinction between deodorants for personal and non-personal use has been removed. Deodorants are now to be classified in Class 3 if they are “for human beings or for animals” or in Class 5 if they are “other than for humans or for animals”.

Class 7

Machines and machine tools; motors and engines (except for land vehicles); machine coupling and transmission components (except for land vehicles); agricultural implements other than hand-operated; incubators for eggs.

Machines and machine tools; motors and engines (except for land vehicles);
machine coupling and transmission components (except for land vehicles);
Agricultural implements other than hand-operated; incubators for eggs; automatic vending machines.

Various items that were previously considered apparatuses under Class 9 will now be considered machines and machine parts under Class 7. For example, welding and soldering apparatus, vending machines, electric door openers and closers, self-regulating fuel pumps, electrical packaging apparatus will now be classified under Class 7.

Class 9

Scientific, nautical, surveying, photographic, cinematographic, optical, weighing, measuring, signaling, checking (supervision), life-saving and teaching apparatus and instruments; apparatus and instruments for conducting, switching, transforming, accumulating, regulating or controlling electricity; apparatus for recording, transmission or reproduction of sound or images; magnetic data carriers, recording discs; automatic vending machines and mechanisms for coin-operated apparatus; cash registers, calculating machines, data processing equipment and computers; fire-extinguishing apparatus.

Scientific, nautical, surveying, photographic, cinematographic, optical, weighing, measuring, signaling, checking (supervision), life-saving and teaching apparatus
and instruments; apparatus and instruments for conducting, switching,
transforming, accumulating, regulating or controlling electricity; apparatus for recording, transmission or reproduction of sound or images; magnetic data
carriers, recording discs; compact discs, DVDs and other digital recording media; mechanisms for coin-operated apparatus; cash registers, calculating machines, data processing equipment, computers; computer software; fire-extinguishing apparatus.

Downloadable ring tones for mobile phones, downloadable music files, cell phone straps, portable media players, USB flash drives, and GPS apparatus have been added to Class 9.

Class 28

Games and playthings; gymnastic and sporting articles not included in other classes; decorations for Christmas trees.

Games and playthings; gymnastic and sporting articles not included in other classes; decorations for Christmas trees.

– Floats for bathing and swimming, water wings, swimming belts, and swimming jackets, all being playthings, will now be classified under Class 28 and not Class 9.
– Entertainment and gaming devices are now classified uniformly in class 28. The previous, and rather artificial, distinction between consumer devices that are equipped with an external display screen or monitor (in Class 9) and those with built-in screen (in class 28) has been removed.

Class 35

Advertising; business management; business administration; office functions.

Advertising; business management; business administration; office functions.

Evaluation services in relation to standing timber and wool, previously settled under Class 35 services, will now be classified under Class 36 if they are financial evaluation services and under Class 42 if they are qualitative evaluation services.

Class 36

Insurance; financial affairs; monetary affairs; real estate affairs.

Insurance; financial affairs; monetary affairs; real estate affairs.

Leasing and franchising services will now be classified in the same way as rental services, i.e. they will be classified in the same classes as the services provided by the Lessor or the Franchisor. However, hire or lease-purchase financing will be classified in Class 36 as a financial service.

Class 42

Scientific and technological services and research and design relating thereto; industrial analysis and research services; design and development of computer hardware and software.

Scientific and technological services and research and design relating thereto;
Industrial analysis and research services; design and development of computer hardware and software.

Evaluation services in relation to standing timber and wool, previously settled under Class 35 services, will now be classified under Class 36 if they are financial evaluation services and under Class 42 if they are qualitative evaluation services.

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