Nice Classification

December 15, 2015

Canada Adopts Nice Classification for Trademarks

In September 2015, Canada began accepting voluntary registrations for trademarks using the NICE Agreement.   Previously, Canada was one of the few countries worldwide that had not adhered to the Nice Classification of Goods and Services for the purposes of the Registration of marks.  This move will streamline the process for applicants searching for potential conflicting trademarks and will also reduce translation costs which foreign trademark offices previously required
January 1, 2015

Nice Classification 10th Edition Effective January 1, 2015

As of January 1, 2015, the Nice Classification, Tenth Edition, version 2015 (NCL 10-2015), became effective.