Nice Classification

The Nice Classification is an international classification system used to classify goods and services for the purposes of the registration of marks. Use of the Nice Classification by the competent trademark offices has the advantage of filing trademark registration applications with reference to a single classification system. The drafting of applications is thereby greatly simplified as the goods and services to which a given mark applies will be classified in the same way in all countries that have adopted the Classification.

Around 150 offices in the world apply the Nice Classification. This number includes member as well as non-member countries. The Nice Classification consists of a list of classes together with explanatory notes and an alphabetical list of goods and services. There are 34 classes of goods and 11 classes of services. The class headings describe in very broad terms the nature of the goods or services contained in each class. A new edition is published every five years and, since 2013, a new version of each edition is published annually.

Contracting States

Albania, Algeria, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan. Bahrain, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Benin, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria. China, Croatia, Cuba, Czech Republic. Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Denmark, Dominica. Egypt, Estonia. Finland, France. Georgia, Germany, Greece, Guinea. Hungary. Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy. Jamaica, Japan. Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan. Latvia, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg. Malawi, Malaysia, Mexico, Moldova, Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique. Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway. Paraguay, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Republic of Macedonia. Romania, Russian Federation. Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Serbia, Singapore, Sint Maarten, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, Syrian Arab Republic. Tajikistan, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan. Ukraine, United Kingdom, United Republic of Tanzania, United States of America, Uruguay, Uzbekistan.