Entry into Force of the 2019 Version of the Eleventh Edition of the Nice Classification

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According to the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), a new version of the 11thedition of the International Classification of Goods and Services for the Purposes of the Registration of Marks (Nice Classification) will enter into force on January 1, 2019.

In its Information Notice 12/2018, WIPO said that the 2019 version of the 11th edition will apply to any application for international registration received by the Office of origin on or after 1 January 2019, or any application for international registration that is received by the International Bureau of WIPO on or after 1 January 2019, when the said application is received by the International Bureau of WIPO after the two-month time limit referred to in Article 3(4) of the Protocol Relating to the Madrid Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Marks.

The International Bureau will insert “NCL(11-2019)” next to the list of goods and services in notifications, registration certificates and publications for all affected international registrations.

The Madrid Goods and Services Manager (MGS) will be updated to reflect the changes introduced by the 2019 version of the eleventh edition of the Nice Classification.

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Ufuoma is a Senior Editor and Director of Regulatory Policy at NLIPW. She assists clients in the protection of copyrights, trademarks and patents. She counsels clients regarding validity and infringement matters and has experience acting against the infringement of IP and addressing counterfeit issues. She holds a Masters degree (LL.M.) from Columbia Law School, New York and a law degree from the University of Nigeria (LL.B. Honors). She is admitted to practice law in Nigeria and in the State of New York. Ufuoma cut her teeth in the intellectual property practice groups of some of the largest law firms in Nigeria and has years of experience working with major non-profit organizations in New York. Email: uakpotaire@nlipw.com