The 2022 update to the 11th edition of the Nice Classification of goods and services for trade marks includes changes to the alphabetical list, as well as changes to a number of class headings and explanatory notes, with the aim of making them more specific and useful to understanding the nature of the goods or services contained within a class. The 2022 update will come into force in Australia on 1 January 2022. The WIPO website has a complete listing of the update.
Australian Trade Mark Search and the Trade Marks E-form picklist will be updated accordingly.
Specifications of goods and services for trade mark applications filed after 1 January 2022 must be filed in accordance with the updated 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 2022.
For more information contact us to speak to Imogen Topp in our Trade Marks and Designs section.