Agreement concerning the International Classification of Goods and Services for the Purposes of the Registration of Marks

General Detail

General Information

  1. Type: Convention
  2. Date of signature:
  3. Place of signature: Nice, France
  4. Depositary:
  5. Date of entry into force: 08/04/1961

Category

Intellectual property

Sub category

Trademarks

Groups

WIPO

What is it about?

The Nice Agreement is a classification of goods and services for the purpose of registering trademarks and service marks, detailing class headings along with explanatory notes and an alphabetical list of goods and services. The class headings describe goods by their nature, subject to very broad interpretation. There are 34 classes of goods and 11 classes of services. The explanatory notes offer increased details on the types of goods or services to be included in a class. The alphabetical list is a specific list of goods and services. There are approximately 10000 indicators referring to goods and 1000 referring to services. The Nice classifications are continually revised and updated, a task undertaken by the Committee of Experts, which was created by the Treaty. State parties to the Nice Agreement are required to apply the Nice classification when classifying marks. This registration can either be the principle classification or a secondary one, but it must occur. The usage of the Nice classification is also required for the international registration of marks under the “Madrid System”.

Why is it relevant?

The Nice Agreement simplifies the process of mark registration. Through this system it can be easily verified if a mark has already been subject to registration in a State party.

Additional Information

The Nice Agreement was revised on 14 July 1967 in Stockholm and on 13 May 1977 in Geneva. The Special Union created by this assembly is composed of an Assembly, the International Bureau of Intellectual Property and a Committee of Experts responsible for changes in international classification.

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Country ratifications
CountryRatification date
Albania19/06/2003
Algeria24/03/1972
Argentina24/10/2007
Armenia06/03/2005
Australia25/11/1960
Austria24/09/1969
Azerbaijan14/07/2003
Bahrain15/09/2005
Barbados12/12/1974
Belarus12/03/1998
Belgium05/03/1962
Benin03/04/1978
Bosnia and Herzegovina01/03/1992
Bulgaria27/11/2000
China09/05/1994
Croatia08/10/1991
Cuba26/09/1995
Czech Republic01/01/1993
Democratic People's Republic of Korea06/03/1997
Denmark30/10/1961
Dominica08/06/2000
Egypt18/03/2005
Estonia24/02/1996
Finland16/05/1973
France09/11/1959
Georgia29/11/2002
Germany29/12/1961
Greece07/08/1998
Guinea05/08/1996
Hungary23/03/1967
Iceland23/12/1994
Ireland03/10/1966
Israel19/09/1960
Italy25/07/1960
Jamaica07/11/2005
Japan17/11/1989
Jordan14/08/2008
Kazakhstan24/01/2002
Kyrgyzstan10/09/1998
Latvia29/09/1994
Lebanon30/05/1960
Liechtenstein24/01/1967
Lithuania22/11/1996
Luxembourg19/12/1974
Macedonia (The former Yugoslav Republic of)08/09/1991
Malawi24/07/1995
Malaysia28/06/2007
Mexico21/12/2000
Moldova01/09/1997
Monaco08/03/1961
Mongolia16/03/2001
Montenegro03/06/2006
Morocco25/07/1966
Mozambique18/10/2001
Netherlands21/05/1962
New Zealand16/07/2013
Norway28/06/1961
Poland04/12/1996
Portugal28/04/1959
Republic of Korea08/10/1998
Romania31/03/1998
Russian Federation08/04/1971
Saint Kitts and Nevis27/07/2005
Saint Lucia18/12/2000
Serbia27/04/1992
Singapore18/12/1998
Slovakia01/01/1993
Slovenia25/06/1991
Spain04/04/1959
Suriname24/07/1981
Sweden28/06/1961
Switzerland20/07/1962
Syrian Arab Republic28/12/2004
Tajikistan25/12/1991
Trinidad and Tobago20/12/1995
Tunisia24/02/1967
Turkey01/10/1995
Turkmenistan07/03/2006
Ukraine29/09/2000
United Kingdom15/03/1963
United Republic of Tanzania14/06/1999
United States of America23/02/1972
Uruguay19/10/1999
Uzbekistan12/10/2001
Treaties analysis
YearRatifications
19593
19604
19616
19623
19631
19662
19673
19691
19711
19722
19731
19742
19781
19811
19891
19914
19922
19932
19945
19954
19964
19972
19986
19992
20005
20013
20022
20032
20041
20055
20062
20072
20081
20131
Total87
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