Coming soon: CIPO will begin accepting trademark applications using the Nice Classification

Starting this fall, CIPO will be accepting trademark applications filed with their goods and services grouped and classed according to the Nice Classification. This international classification standard of goods and services relating to trademarks was established by the Nice Agreement and is administered by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).

The adoption of the Nice Classification by Canada will help businesses searching the Canadian trademarks register to find potentially confusing marks owned by competitors in their industry or field of commercial activity. Since the classification system exists in multiple languages, businesses can save significant translation costs.

Online tools will be improved to enable the use of the Nice Classification. Key enhancements include:

  • Redesigned layout and navigation of the Goods and Services Manual that will provide assistance in selecting the appropriate classification to apply to goods and services; and
  • New and improved search capabilities, which will give the user the ability to search the database for marks filed within a particular class of goods and services and see if there is overlap in the same general category.   

Implementation of the Nice Classification will help applicants and the agent community with the transition from the current trademarks regime to the new provisions—coming into force with the accession to the Nice Agreement, the Singapore Treaty and the Madrid Protocol.

Visit the WIPO website for information about the Nice Classification or CIPO's trademarks page for upcoming changes; details will be provided in the coming weeks.

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