The Nice Classification system is a system adopted under the Nice Agreement of 1957 where by all applicable classes of goods and services represented by trademarks are listed with a unique serial number for purposes 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 adopted by every member country party to the Nice Agreement and as such all individuals and companies seeking trademark registration must note the classification of the said goods or services by submitting the relevant documentation.
Using the Nice Classification system is more beneficial than not. The NCL provides the intellectual property offices of all member countries with the same comprehensive and unique system for filing trademark applications. The primary advantage of using the same classification system across 83 member countries is that the trademark registration application procedure is greatly simplified and 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 thus translation of the goods and services list is not necessary, saving time and effort.