International Classification of Goods and Services for the Registration of Trademarks, is scheduled to undergo significant modifications that will come into effect on January 1, 2024. Maintained by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), this classification system plays a vital role in facilitating the registration of trademarks worldwide.
Each of the 45 categories encompassing goods and services in the Nice Classification has been revised to reflect modern advancements and societal trends. These changes extend beyond technological progress, aiming to capture the essence of a changing world, and encompassing concerns about the environment.
In order to keep pace with the rapid evolution of technology, the 2024 edition of the Nice Classification has incorporated new terms that represent the expanding frontiers of transportation. Concepts such as “Space vehicles” and “self-driving cars” have emerged within specific product groups, reflecting the latest advancements in transportation technology.
Moreover, this classification now includes terms related to cryptocurrency transactions and virtual reality, highlighting efforts to stay up-to-date with the dynamic landscape of the digital world.
The Nice Classification also captures the driving forces behind societal changes by introducing terms that reflect the realities of modern society. Phrases such as “Content moderation for Internet chatrooms,” and “Provision of an online marketplace for buyers and sellers of downloadable digital image files authenticated by non-fungible tokens,” serve as evidence of the growth of interactive services and online entertainment.
Recognizing the urgent need to tackle environmental challenges, the updated classification has incorporated terms related to sustainable development. This includes categories like “Production of renewable green energy” and “Light-emitting diode [LED] light bulbs,” highlighting the significance of environmentally friendly technologies.
The upcoming changes in the twelfth edition of the Nice Classification adopt a proactive approach to maintaining relevance in an ever-evolving global society. By incorporating terms that capture the essence of technological innovation, societal changes, and environmental concerns, the Nice Classification remains a vital tool for trademark registration.
The revised edition of the Nice Classification is available on the WIPO website.