For filing an application with the Indian TMO, the goods and/or services need to be categorized according to the class they fall under. The Nice classification is a system of international classification of goods/services born out of the Nice agreement, to be used for application of trademarks. There are 1-45 classes in the Nice classification out of which, classes from 1-34 categorize Goods and classes 35 – 45 classify services.

Each class specifies a broad heading called ‘Class Header’ which gives a clear idea as to the type of goods/services which fall under them and the detailed list of names of goods/services. The Classification also gives an ‘explanatory note’ which very clearly elucidates about the type of goods/services which would fall under the particular class. The explanatory note allays doubts as to the applicable class for a particular goods/service and that way very helpful to determine the class.

For example : Class 45 – Class Header – Legal services; security services for the physical protection of tangible property and individuals; personal and social services rendered by others to meet the needs of individuals.

There have been several updated versions of the Nice Classification and currently we have the Eleventh edition of the Nice classification passed by WIPO.

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