Anticipating 2021 – Changes to Nice 11

The events of 2020 have reinforced that change is one of the only constants in our world. As 2021 approaches, we are hoping for positive change and looking forward to embracing the start of a new year. In the trademark world, annual changes to the Nice 11 Classification have become the new normal. This multilateral […]

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Another unexpected impact of Covid-19 – on trademark goods and services

With the steep growth in manufacture and sale of Covid-19-related products, IP offices have proactively taken steps to clarify which classes these emerging goods and services fall into, depending on their specific use or purpose. Trademark registries across the globe have deleted pre-approved goods and services which were deemed too vague and added a bunch […]

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Reclassifying trademarks? Who knew you’d enjoy it?

Reclassifying trademarks can be monotonous, tedious work, yet it’s important that trademarks are reclassified as accurately as possible to be IP Office-compliant. Trademark reclassification is not always straightforward when you’re dealing with: specifications that have hundreds of different terms needing reclassification terms that are permitted across multiple classes punctuation issues (especially in older specifications before […]

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Why we decided to offer free access to Sortify.tm Attorney

It’s been a pretty heavy week. Working from the hastily assembled trestle table in my makeshift home office, I can’t quite believe we’re only a few days into our month long New Zealand-wide lockdown. The last five days have passed in a blur of keeping up with colleagues, checking in with family, processing Covid-19 updates […]

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Changes to Nice 11 – What you need to know for 2020

  The 2020 version of the 11th edition of the Nice Classification came into effect in January. A number of changes (some significant) were made to Nice 11 – which may have you passed you by. We mentioned them in our earlier blog, The Ghosts of Nice 11’s Past, Present & Future, but thought it was worth fleshing them out here. Since 2013, […]

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