The World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) recently published the 2016 version of the 10th edition of the Nice Classification for Goods and Services.

The National Institute of Industrial Property (the Chilean trademark office) announced that as of January 1 2016, the new version of the classification will be applied to all trademark applications and will be available on its website.

The main differences between the 2016 and the 2015 version of the classification are the goods and services included. For example, the 2016 version includes powdered baby milk in Class 5 and smart watches and protective films for computer screens in Class 9.

The most important trademark offices in the world adopted the new version of the classification on the same date. This will homologise the criteria applied by the Chilean and foreign trademark offices regarding applications filed in Chile, thus helping applicants to have the same (or at least similar) descriptions of goods and services for trademark registrations filed in Chile and abroad.

In order to communicate these changes to the public, the National Institute of Industrial Property will organise open workshops during the first quarter of the year.

A Spanish-language version of the Nice Classification tool is available on the National Institute of Industrial Property's website, and English, French and Spanish-language versions of the new classification are available on the WIPO website.

For further information on this topic please contact Victoria Santis at Montt y Cia SA by telephone (+56 22 233 8266) or email (vsantis@monttcia.cl). The Montt y Cia SA website can be accessed at www.monttcia.cl.

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