According to a recent arrangement introduced by the Saudi Trademark Office, trademark applications will be accepted on formal grounds only if the goods/services claimed are as follows:

a. identical to those in the 10th edition of the NICE Classification.
b. class headings as per the 10th edition of the NICE classification
c. a combination of (a) and (b) 

Given that trademark applications can only be submitted electronically, all applications with an item that is not in line with the above will not be properly docketed into the system, which will basically result in considerable delays. Applicants should carefully account for this new arrangement especially when dealing with approaching deadlines.

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