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Adopting the Eleventh Edition of the Nice Classification in Oman

Tarek Jairwdeh

Author: Tarek Jairwdeh
Senior Lawyer.

Guiding Principle
The Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MUSCAT) officially adopted the 11th Edition of the International Classification of Goods and Services for the Purposes of the Registration of trademarks under the Nice Agreement. Thus, the 11th edition of the Nice Classification came into force in February, 2018 in Oman, and replaced the outgoing 10th edition.

The Nice Classification is a system of classifying goods and services for registering trademarks. The system groups products into 45 classes, and allows users seeking to trademark a good or service to choose from these classes as appropriate.
The implemented 11th edition will have no effect on the existing filed and registered trademarks done earlier in Oman. However, upon next renewal, the Trademark Office should reclassify goods and classes affected by this change accordingly by amending the list of goods/services as to bring it in compliance with the Eleventh Edition.
The amendments in the 11th edition cover 15 class headings and explanatory notes for seven classes. Furthermore, the list of goods and services was extended by 334 terms. Major revisions in the 11th edition include:

  1. Class headings affected by current revisions are those numbered 3, 6, 10, 14, 16, 17, 18, 20, 21, 22, 24, 26, 28, 31 and 45;
  2. The addition of herbal extracts for cosmetic purposes under class 3;
  3. The addition of herbal extracts and physiotherapy preparations for medical purposes under class 5;
  4. All serving utensils are grouped under class 21 instead of class 8;
  5. The addition of body composition monitors under class 10;
  6. The addition of eyelash brushes and foam toe separators for use in pedicures under class 21;
  7. The addition of several new goods under classes 29 and 30, including guacamole, onion rings, falafel, bibimbap, dulce de leche, almond, peanut and coconut milks, as well as nut- and chocolate-based spreads. Escamoles (prepared edible ant larvae) and edible insects have also been added under classes 29 and 31;
  8. The addition of unlocking of mobile phones under class 42;
  9. The addition of dog walking, kimono dressing assistance, and conducting religious ceremonies under class 45.
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