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.