Nice Classification - Update to class headings and office practice

To be published in the Australian Official Journal of Trade Marks

The 2016 version of the 10th edition of the Nice Classification of goods and services for trade marks includes changes to a number of class headings with the aim of making them more specific and useful to understanding the nature of the goods or services contained within a class.  The 2016 version of the Nice Classification will come into force in Australia on 1 January 2016.  A complete listing of the changes to the Nice Classification (including the new class headings) can be found here:

In line with the updates to the class headings, trade mark applications with a lodgement or priority date on or after 1 January 2016 and containing the following goods and services specifications (or equivalent) will not be accepted:

CLASS 06:     Goods of common metal not included in other classes

CLASS 16:     Goods made from paper or cardboard (not included in other classes)

CLASS 17:     Goods made from rubber, gutta-percha, gum, asbestos or mica, not included in other classes

CLASS 18:     Goods made of leather or imitation leather, not included in other classes

CLASS 20:     Goods (not included in other classes) of wood, cork, reed, cane, wicker, horn, bone, ivory, whalebone, shell, amber, mother-of-pearl, meerschaum and substitutes for all these materials

The ATMOSS Goods & Services search and the Trade Marks E-form picklist will be updated accordingly on 1 January 2016.

Specifications of goods and services for trade mark applications filed after 1 January 2016 must be filed in accordance with this version of the Nice Classification.

Please note that there are no plans to re-classify registered trade marks or trade mark applications lodged prior to 1 January 2016.

For more information contact us to speak to Chrissie Norman in our Trade Marks and Designs section.

Publish online date: 
Tuesday, December 1, 2015