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International Classification of Goods and Services

Edition № 10


 

The Nice Classification

1. What is the Nice Classification?

The Nice Classification is a short name for International Classification of Goods and Services. This classification is used for the purposes of the registration of trademarks. The latest, current edition of the Nice Classification is the Nice Classification 10th.

2. What are classes of the Nice Classification?

Classes of the Nice Classification are a complex of goods (services) divided into categories. The classification is based on the principle of goods and services homogeneity.

3. What is the Classification of Goods and Services used for?

This classification is necessary to systematize the selection of necessary goods and services, as well as to simplify compilation of an application for trademark registration by the applicant.

4. Does the cost of trademark registration depend on the quantity of the Nice Classification’s classes for which registration will take place?

Yes, the cost of trademark registration directly depends on the quantity of the Nice Classification’s classes for which you would like to register your trademark. The more classes of the Nice Classification you select, the higher the amount of the state fee due for payment is.

This principle is also applied to execution of preliminary search for the trademark. The more classes are involved in the search, the higher the charge of Rospatent is.

5. Can I register my trademark for one class first and then register it for another class?

Yes, you can register your trademark for one class and further for another class but for this purpose the process of registration must be carried out once again. 

6. Is application of the Classification an obligatory condition with trademark registration?

Yes, applying of the Nice Classification is an obligatory condition for trademark registration.

7. May I register my trademark for all classes of the Nice Classification?

If appropriate you may register your trademark for all classes of goods and services specified in the Nice Classification. In this case the amount of expenditures connected with the payment of the state fee will increase significantly.

8. What is the difference between the current 10th edition of the Nice Classification and the 9th edition of the Nice Classification?

There are a number of differences between the 10th edition of the Nice Classification which came into effect on January 1, 2012 and the 9th edition of the Nice Classification:
 
- in the new 10th edition of the Nice Classification a range of goods and services were moved to other classes (for example, “evaluation of standing timber” or “evaluation of wool” belongs to the Class 36, and in the previous edition of the Nice Classification these services belonged to the Class 35);
 
- the 10th edition extends the list of goods of pharmaceutical and medical products, clothing; extends significantly the list of services associated with insurance business, financial activities, telecommunications, as well as with services rendered by other persons to meet the requirements of third parties.
 
New services such as: “the production of advertising films”, “the rent”, etc., as well as new goods such as: “snowboards”, "ski boots”, “berets”, “gaiters”,  “bob-sleighs”, “ponchos”, etc. became available.

9.  Can I determine the class in accordance with the Nice Classification on my own?

Certainly, you can determine the class of your trademark on your own.  Even in case of utilization of all the information given on the site, but without essential practical skills you may make a mistake in accurate selection of the class. In case of incorrect class selection you risk to register your trademark under the classes not relevant for your business and to waste money as a result of this.




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