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All Aboard: Saudi Arabia Adopts the Eleventh Edition of the Nice Classification

July 19, 2021

Saudi Arabia recently adopted the 11th Edition of the Nice Classification, thus replacing the outgoing 10th Edition.

The adoption of the 11th Edition will not affect trademarks already filed and registered. Upon next renewal, goods and services affected by this change in formalities will be reclassified accordingly by the Saudi Authority for Intellectual Property (SAIP).

A major change to the trademark registration process is that SAIP no longer allows claims for class headings in combination with all the items in the class. Accordingly, applicants should either itemize the specification of goods or services of their interest in the application from a preapproved list or claim the entire class heading.

This news follows Saudi Arabia’s accession to the Nice Agreement Concerning the International Classification of Goods and Services for the Purposes of the Registration of Marks (Nice Classification) earlier this year.

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