What can I specify in the list?

You can only specify your list with such goods or services that actually belonged to it when you submitted your application, i.e. what was classified in the class in question on the date of application. This means you cannot use the specification opportunity to add any new items to your list.

Class heading = a list that provides you with a general overview of what sorts of goods or services are included in each class. The terms used in the class headings are general terms connected to the field that the goods and services primarily belong to.

Alphabetical list of the Nice Classification = a list of example goods and services that belong to each class. However, a class can also include a great deal of other goods or services.

Example: the class heading for class 35 is “advertising; business management; business administration; office functions". The alphabetical list sets out some retail trade services under class 35, but this class also includes other retail trade services than the ones given in the list.

Example 1

If the list of goods and services contains

  • only a class number,
  • the text: “all goods included in the class" or something equivalent, or
  • the entire class heading and it was applied for before 1 October 2012.

You can specify your list of goods and services by adding any goods or services that belonged to the class in question when you submitted your application. This also includes other goods and services than the ones set out in the Nice alphabetical list. In contrast, you cannot add any products that were not yet known on the market at the date of your application.

For example, a mark that was applied for in the 1970s cannot include USB memory sticks, as their development was not started until 1994.

Example 2

If the list of goods and services includes the text: “all other goods/services included in this class in the alphabetical list of the Nice Classification":
In this case, you can specify the list of goods and services by adding any goods or services that belonged to the class in question when you submitted your application.

When specifying the list, the classification in all classes must be revised to correspond to the current classification practice

When you file a specification notification, specify the entire list for your registered trademark at the same time to make it correspond to the current classification practice. Go through each class in the list and specify all imprecise terms and class headings in accordance with the current classification practice.

For example, terms like ‘sales services’ in class 35 and ‘installation services’ in class 37 are imprecise. In your specification notification, you must define what goods or devices the services concern.

If necessary, we will send you an office action requesting that you specify all the remaining imprecise terms and class headings in the list.

See the class headings that are currently valid, and the links to older class headings at the bottom of the page.

See the alphabetical lists on the website of the WIPO.

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Latest update 01.10.2019