What is the Nice classification system

The Nice Classification system, also known as the Nice Classification of Goods and Services, is a system adopted under the Nice Agreement of 1957 whereby all applicable classes of goods and services represented by trademarks are listed with a unique serial number for the purpose of trademark registration. The classification of the goods or services for the purpose of trademark registration must be clearly specified in the initial stages of the application procedure.

The benefits of using the Nice Classification System

The Nice Classification system is an agreement that was made in Nice, France and is updated every five years. It is an agreement that is used for the purpose of registering trademarks and service marks, and is adopted by every member country that is party to the Nice Agreement. As a result, all individuals and companies seeking trademark registration must note the classification of the said goods or services by submitting the relevant documentation.

Adopting the Nice Classification System offers a number of benefits to the individual or company. All trademark applications are coordinated with reference to a single classification system, thus simplifying the classification process significantly. In addition, as there are 83 signatory nations to the Nice Agreement, using the same classification system across these member countries further simplifies the process, making it far more synchronized as all the applicable goods and services will adopt the same number and name of classification.

Depending on which country you apply for trademark registration, the Nice Classification system can be provided in a range of different languages. In this respect, translation of the goods and services list is not necessary, thus saving time and effort.

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