Nice Classification - update to headings and office practice

The 2023 update will see the 12th edition of the Nice Classification of goods and services for trade marks come into force.

This new edition 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 2023 update will come into force in Australia on 1 January 2023.  The WIPO website has a complete listing of the update.
 
The 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 on or after 1 January 2023 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 2023. 
 
If you'd like to learn more, please contact us to speak to Imogen Topp in our Trade Marks and Designs section.