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OAPI: Trademark Office Adopts the Ninth Edition

January 1, 2009

The Trademark Office of the African Intellectual Property Organization (OAPI) has shifted its trademark classification system from Nice’s 8th edition to Nice’s 9th Edition, effective as of August 8, 2008.

Most of the updates in class headings between the 8th edition and the 9th edition of the Nice classification system involve classes 21, 29, 42, and 45. Notably, in the 9th edition, the disclaimer not of precious metal or coated therewith is removed from class 21, the item frozen is added to class 29, and the item legal services is removed from class 42 and added to class 45. Minor changes and additions have also been made to other classes (14, 20, 26, and 34). 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.

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