The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) introduces Nice Classification New Electronic Publication (NCLPUB)

On Monday 25th September, 2017, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) launched the new format of the official online publication of the Nice Classification (NCLPUB) in their website. This new format publication replaced the NICE publication platform (NicePub) which will no longer be accessible.

The NCLPUB contains the current edition-version of the Classification (NCL 11-2017), sorted by the familiar Class or Alphabetical indexes, as well as tabs for Class Headings, General Remarks and Modifications. The NCLPUB also contains information files that provide useful advice and guidance about the contents of the NICE classes and on certain goods or services. An interactive Search feature allows users to find a specific term or basic number in the Classification, including those terms that are contained in the information files.

Further, the NCLPUB provides links to the previous editions of the Nice Classification (1 to 10-2016) as well as the option to view the future version (NCL 11-2018), which will enter into force on January 1, 2018.

One can consult the Hierarchy tool (formally known as “Taxonomy”), created by the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) in collaboration with WIPO, by using the “Hierarchical” and “Full” view modes.

Lastly, the NCLPUB also provides for the Spanish language version of NCL 11-2017 which is available under the “Language” tab, along with the two official languages of the Nice Classification, that is, English and French.

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Authors: Patricia Muthoni

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