Nice Classification

The Nice Classification (NCL), established by the Nice Agreement (1957), is an international classification of goods and services applied for the registration of marks.  The eleventh edition of the NCL came into force on January 1, 2017. Find out more about the NCL

Meetings

Assembly of the Nice Union

All states that have ratified or acceded to the Stockholm or the Geneva Act of the Nice Agreement are members of the Nice Union Assembly. The Assembly meets in ordinary session once every two years. The Assembly deals with all matters concerning the maintenance and development of the Union and the implementation of the Nice Agreement.

Note: Circulars are available in respective meeting pages.

Committee of Experts

Each state party to the Nice Agreement is represented in the Committee of Experts set up by the Agreement. As from 2012, the Committee holds its sessions once every year.  The Committee decides on any changes to be incorporated in the Nice Classification, which are subsequently published in the form of new editions every five years, and new versions every year.

Download and IT support

WIPO makes available free of charge all files needed to generate the online version of the Nice Classification (NicePub) as well as other files in Excel, Word and PDF format. Click on “Download and IT support” to access the files and the conditions of use. Click on the links to the right to access directly the files of a particular edition-version.

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Other international classifications

  • Vienna (figurative elements of marks)
  • Locarno (industrial designs)
  • IPC (patents)