Minister of Foreign Affairs
of 9 June. July 1979
of the Nice Agreement concerning the international classification of goods and services for the purposes
the registration of marks of 15 June. June 1957, as revised at Stockholm on 14 July.
July 1967 and at Geneva on 13. May 1977
On 13 November. May 1977 in Geneva was negotiated, a new revision of the Nice Agreement concerning the
the international classification of goods and services for the purposes of the registration of marks, dated
June 15, 1957, as revised at Stockholm on 14 July. July 1967.
The instrument of accession of the Czechoslovak Socialist Republic to the new revision of the
The agreement was deposited with the Director General of the world intellectual property organization
ownership of 13 October. September 1978.
The new revision of the agreement entered into force pursuant to its article 9 on the day
February 6, 1979, and from this day entered into force and also for
The Czechoslovak Socialist Republic.
An English translation of the new revision of the agreement shall be published at the same time.
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concerning the international classification of goods and services for the purposes of the registration of marks
of 15 November 2004. June 1957,
revised in Stockholm on 14 June 2005. July 1967 and at Geneva on 13.
The formation of the Special Union; adoption of an international classification; the definition and
languages of the classification
1. States that are bound by this agreement, shall constitute a special Union and
adopt a common classification of goods and services for the purposes of the registration of marks
(hereinafter referred to as "the classification").
2. classification includes:
I. list of classes to which they are connected, if necessary, explanatory notes;
II. alphabetical list of goods and services (hereinafter referred to as "the alphabetical list") with the
the designation of the class to which each refers to a product or service.
3. classification consists of:
Of the grading, which was released in 1971 by the International Bureau of intellectual
ownership (hereinafter referred to as "the International Bureau") referred to in the Convention establishing the
World Intellectual Property Organization, with explanatory notes
a list of the classes contained in this publication shall be considered as provisional and
featured in the meantime until they are introduced by the Committee of experts, which
mentioned in article 3;
II. of the changes and additions which, in accordance with article 4, paragraph 1, of the Nice
the agreement of 15 November 2004. June 1957, as revised at Stockholm on 14 July.
July 1967 effective prior to the entry into effect of this version;
III. of the changes that will be carried out later on the basis of article 3 of this
the text of and which will be effective in accordance with article 4, paragraph 1
4. classification is drawn up in the language of the English and French languages, both
texts being equally authentic.
and Sorting of which) referred to in paragraph 3. I, as well as amendments and supplements
referred to in paragraph 3. II. that effective prior to the date on which the
This wording is open to signature, is contained in a single authentic
specimens, drawn up in the French language, saved with the
the Director of the World Intellectual Property Organization (hereinafter referred to as the "General
Director "and" the Organization "). Changes and additions referred to in paragraph 3. II.,
which will be effective after the date on which this text is open to
signature shall also be deposited with the Director-General, and in one
authentic specimens, drawn up in the French language.
(b) the English version of the texts) referred to at point a) shoots a Committee of experts,
which mentions article 3, immediately after the text of the agreement shall take
the validity of. Its an authentic specimen will be deposited with the Director.
(c)) the changes referred to in paragraph 3. III. shall be deposited with the Director-General,
and this in a single authentic copy, drawn up in French and
the English language.
6. The Director-General after consultation with the interested Governments takes either
on the basis of the translation proposed by these Governments, or in any other way,
without financial implications on the budget of the Special Union or for the
The Organization, the official texts of the classification in the Arabic, German, Spanish,
Italian, Portuguese and Russian languages, and in other languages, which will determine the
The Assembly, which is mentioned in article 5.
7. In the alphabetical list, for each product or service name referred to
the serial number of their language in which the list is taken.
I. in the case of the alphabetical list established in English, is shown
also the serial number of that same name in the alphabetical list has taken on
the Dutch and vice-versa.
II. In the case of the alphabetical list of taken in accordance with paragraph 6., the
noted whether or not the serial number, which has the same name in the alphabetical list
taken in French or in the alphabetical list taken on
the English language.
Legal reach and use of sorting
1. subject to the obligations imposed by this agreement is the reach of such a classification,
what he admits to each State of the Special Union. In particular, the international
sorting does not oblige the States Special Union nor with respect to the assessment of the
the scope of protection of the mark, even when it comes to the recognition of service marks.
2. Each of the countries of the Special Union reserves the right to use the classification either
as a main or auxiliary system system.
3. the competent authorities of the countries of the Special Union shall indicate in the official documents and
official publications of registrations marks the numbers sort in which classes
include the products or services for which the mark is written.
4. the fact that in the alphabetical list shall indicate the name, it is no
without prejudice to the rights that may exist for this name.
The Committee of experts
1. the Committee of experts, in which each State is represented by a Special
and the Director-General may), and at the request of the Committee of experts is
shall invite States that are not members of the Special Union, however, are
members of the organization or party to the Paris Convention for the protection of
industrial property, to the meeting of the Committee of experts could be
represented by observers.
(b) invite the Director-General) of intergovernmental organizations which specialize in
on the field, and among which at least one is a Member State of the
participating in this agreement, to the meetings of the Committee of experts could be
represented by observers.
(c)), and the Director-General may, at the request of the Committee of experts, shall, invite
representatives of other intergovernmental organizations and international non-governmental
organisations to participate in those debates that interest them.
3. the Committee of experts:
I. decide on the changes that are to be executed in sorting;
II. calls on the countries of the Special Union with recommendations designed to
sorting easier to use and extend its uniform application;
III. any other measures-without having the financial
implications on the budget of the Special Union or for the Organization-are such
nature that may facilitate the use of sorting in the developing countries;
IV. is entitled to establish subcommittees and working groups.
4. the Committee of experts adopts its rules of procedure. This order provides the ability to
intergovernmental organizations referred to in paragraph 2 (a). (b)), which may
significantly contribute to the development of the classifier, to participate in the meetings of the
subcommittees and working groups of the Committee of experts.
5. Proposals for amendments to be made in the classification may be
submitted to the competent authority of any State of the Special Union,
The International Office, the intergovernmental organizations represented within the meaning of
paragraph 2., subparagraph (a). (b) the Committee of experts) and each State or organisation
that was expressly invited by the Committee of experts that such proposals
She has delivered. Proposals shall be communicated to the International Bureau, which shall submit them to
members of the Committee of experts and observers not later than two months before the
the meeting of the Committee of experts, during which it will be judged.
6. each Member State of the Committee of experts shall have one vote.
and) subject to the provisions in (b)), the Committee of experts of its
decisions by a simple majority of the represented and voting States Special
(b) a decision on the major editing) in the sorting, it is a 4/5
mostly represented and voting countries of the Special Union. Essential
editing means the transfer of the goods or services from one class to another
or setting up a new class.
(c)) of the rules of procedure referred to in paragraph 4 provides that, with the exception of
in special cases the fundamental modifications in the classification shall be carried out after the
defined time period; The Committee of experts determines the length of each time
8. Abstence does not count as a vote.
Notification of changes, beginning their validity and their publication
1. The changes decided on by the Committee of experts, as well as the recommendations of the Committee
of experts, the International Bureau notifies the competent authorities of countries of the Special
Union. Major modifications shall enter into force six months after the date of dispatch,
the notification. All other amendments shall enter into force on a date to be determined by
The Committee of experts in the decision about the change.
2. The International Bureau incorporates changes to the třídníku, which entered into
force. These changes shall be published in periodic periodicals intended
The General Assembly permitted in article 5.
Assembly of the Special Union
and of the Special Union shall have an Assembly) consisting of the States that
ratify this text or acceded to.
(b)), the Government of each State is represented by one delegate, who may be
its representatives, advisers and experts.
(c) the expenses of each delegation shall be borne by) Government that this delegation established.
and subject to the provisions of articles) 3. and 4. Assembly:
I shall examine all questions relating to the maintenance and further development of the
The Special Union and the implementation of this agreement;
II. The International Bureau gives the guidelines for the preparation of the review conferences,
taking into account the comments of the countries of the Special Union
This wording has not ratified or adhered to it;
III. review and approve the reports and activities of the Director General
Organization (hereinafter referred to as "the Director General") concerning the Special Union, and
gives him the necessary instructions in matters of competence of the Special Union;
IV. the programme, approves the biennial budget of the Special Union and
approve its final accounts;
In the financial regulations of the special. approves of the Union;
Vi. in addition to the Committee of experts shall be set up as referred to in article 3 of the other committees of experts
and working groups as it deems appropriate for the implementation of the objectives of the
The Special Union;
VII. Decides that States which are not members of the Special Union, and
which intergovernmental and international non-governmental organizations may be admitted
as observers to its meetings;
VIII. approve the modification of articles 5 to 8;
IX. other appropriate measures aimed at achieving the objectives of the Special Union;
X performs all other tasks assigned to it by this agreement.
(b)) on issues of interest to other Union managed organizations
shall be decided by the Assembly with regard to the recommendations of the Coordinating Committee
and Assembly) each Member State has one vote.
(b)) half of Member States of the Assembly constitutes a quorum.
(c)) if at a meeting of the number of States represented is less than half, but
When or if it exceeds one-third of the Member States of the Assembly,
the Assembly may make decisions, and that notwithstanding the provisions of
subparagraph (b)); decision of the Assembly, with the exception of decisions on the rules of procedure
the order, however, to become vykonavatelnými only after meeting the following
terms and conditions. The International Bureau shall notify this decision to Member States
The Assembly which were not represented and shall invite them to within three
months, which is calculated from the date of this notice, cast in writing
your voice or abstenci. If, after the expiry of this period is the number of
States that cast their vote or abstenci, equal to at least
the number of missing to achieve the quorum States at the meeting, the following decisions
they become vykonavatelnými, provided that at the same time is achieved
the majority required.
(d)) with the exception of the provisions of article 8, paragraph 2. accepts Assembly
the decision of the majority of two thirds of the votes cast.
e) Abstence does not count as a vote.
f) a delegate may represent only one State and can only vote its
on behalf of the.
g) Member States of the Special Union not members of the Assembly are
admitted to its meetings as observers.
a) the Assembly shall meet once every two years in regular session convened
the Director General, with the exception of emergency cases, in the same
time and in the same place as the General Assembly of the organization.
(b)) the Assembly shall meet at an extraordinary session convened by the
the Director, at the request of one quarter of the Member States of the Assembly.
(c) the Director-General shall prepare for) each meeting agenda.
5. the Assembly shall approve its rules of procedure.
The International Bureau
and) administrative tasks of the Special Union by the International Bureau ensures.
(b)), the International Bureau, in particular, prepare the meetings and perform the tasks
the Secretariat of the Assembly, the Committee of experts and all other committees or
working groups of the Assembly or the Committee of experts may set up.
(c) the Director-General) is the highest officer of the Special Union and shall represent the
2. the Director and each co-worker by participating in without
the right to vote in all meetings of the Assembly, the Committee of experts or of any
other committees or working groups of the Assembly or the Committee of the
experts may set up. The Director-General or by a co-worker
is ex officio Secretary of these bodies.
and the International Bureau) is preparing Assembly instructions
the Conference about the provisions of the agreement, other than articles 5 to 8.
(b)), the International Bureau may advise on the preparation of review conferences with
intergovernmental organizations and international non-governmental organizations.
(c)) and the Director-General a person designated by it shall participate without voting
rights negotiations for the revision of conferences.
The financing of the
and the Union has its own) a special budget.
(b) the budget of the Special Union) contains its own revenue and expenditure of the Special
the Union, its contribution to the budget of expenses common to the unions, and, where appropriate,
the amount of the available budget of the Conference of the organization.
(c)) For expenditure shall be considered as expenses common to the unions, which are not
exclusively to the Special Union but also to apply to one or more
other Union managed organizations. The proportion of the Special Union for the
public expenditure is proportionate to the interest which has the Special Union.
2. the budget of the Special Union shall be established with due regard to the requirements of the
coordination with the budgets of the other unions administered by the organization.
3. the budget of the Special Union shall be financed from the following sources:
I. contributions from the Member countries of the Special Union;
II. from the fees and charges for services rendered by the International Bureau of the
the title of the Special Union;
III. from the proceeds of the sale of publications the International Bureau relating to the
The Special Union and the benefits for these publications;
IV. from donations, links, and subsidies;
In the interest of rents, and other miscellaneous revenue.
and) to determine the amount of contributions referred to in paragraph 3. I belong to every
the Special Union Member State in the same class, which is included in the
Union for the protection of industrial property, and pay their annual contributions
According to the number of units, which is set for a class in this Union.
(b)) the annual contribution of each Member of the Special Union shall consist of
of the amount, the ratio to the total amount of the annual contributions of all States for the
the budget of the Special Union is the same as the ratio between the number of units of a class
in which it is inserted, and the total of the units of all the States.
c) contributions shall be payable on January 1, each year.
(d)) a State which is in arrears in the payment of its contributions, does not have the right to
to vote in any organ of the Special Union, equal to the amount of arrears
total amount of contributions to be paid by that State for two
the previous full years, or if it exceeds it. The authority of the Special Union
However, it may allow such a State to allow the authority to continue to perform
their right to vote, if that authority considered that the delays occurred for
extraordinary and unavoidable circumstances.
e) if the budget is not approved before the start of the new
financial period will be transferred to the budget of the previous year, and this
the manner provided for in the financial regulations.
5. The amount of the fees and charges for services rendered by the International Bureau of the
the title of the Special Union shall designate a Director-General, who shall submit a report
and the Union has parts) the capital fund that creates
a single payment granted to each State of the Special Union. If it becomes
the lack of Fund, the Assembly shall decide on the increase.
(b) the amount of the initial payment) each State into the Fund or its
participation in the increase of the Fund is proportional to the annual contribution of the
State valid in the year during which the Fund creates or makes
the decision to increase it.
(c) the proportional amount) and payment method specifies the Assembly on a proposal from
the Director-General, after having heard the opinion of the Coordination Committee
and the agreement on the headquarters of the organisation) concluded with the State on whose territory the
The organisation has its head office, provides that the State shall provide backup in
cases where there is insufficient operating capital fund. The amount of these
backups and the conditions under which they are provided, are in each individual
If the subject of separate agreements between the State and organizations.
(b) the State referred to under (a)), and) and the organisation shall each have the right to terminate
commitment to provide backup in the form of written notice. The denunciation shall be
become effective three years after the year in which it was notified.
8. the audit is carried out in the manner prescribed by the financial regulations,
one or more States of the Special Union or by external reviewers, with
the agreement designates the Assembly.
Modification of articles 5-8
1. Proposals for the modification of articles 5, 6, 7, and this article may submit any
Member State Assembly or a General Manager. These designs Announces
the Director-General to the Member States of the Assembly at least six months before the
their consultation by the Assembly.
2. the modification of articles referred to in paragraph 1 shall approve Assembly. Their
approval requires a three-fourths majority of the votes cast; However,
any modification of articles 5 and this paragraph shall require four-fifths of
of the votes cast.
3. Modification of articles referred to in paragraph 1, shall enter into force one month
After the Director receives a written notification of their acceptance,
made in accordance with the respective constitutional rules, three-fourths
States which are members of the Assembly at the time the scheme was approved.
Any modification of these articles thus adopted binds all States that
they are members of the Assembly at the time the modification enters into force, or
that will become its members later; However, any modification of that
effect of increasing the financial obligations of countries of the Special Union, binds only those
States that notifikovaly such adjustments.
Ratification and access; entry into force of
1. Each of the countries of the Special Union which has signed this text, you can
ratify, and did not sign them, can accede to it.
2. Any State which is a Member State of the Special Union, however, is
a member of the Paris Convention for the protection of industrial property, may
access this text and thus become a member of the Special Union.
3. the instruments of ratification and instruments of accession shall be deposited with the
and this text) will take effect three months after both of the below
the conditions mentioned above:
I. six or more of the States submitted their instruments of ratification or
II. at least three of these States are to the date on which this text is
open for signature, States of the Special Union.
b) entry into force referred to in subparagraph (a)) is effective against the countries which
at least three months prior to the acquisition of the validity of the instrument of surrender
ratification or accession.
(c)) for each additional State, not covered by the provisions of subparagraph (b)),
enter this text into force three months after the date on which the Director-General
notify its ratification or access unless the ratification Charter
or in the instrument of accession, it was stated later date. In this case,
enter this text into force for this State on the date referred to in the Charter.
5. Ratification or access law indicates acceptance of all the provisions and
return all the benefits of this agreement.
6. After the entry into force of this text, no State may
the previous text of this agreement to ratify or accede to it.
The duration of the
This agreement shall have the same duration as the Paris Convention for the protection of
industrial property rights.
1. This agreement may be revised periodically conferences of States
The Special Union.
2. a review Conference shall be convened on the basis of the decision of the Assembly.
3. articles 5-8 can be edited either revision conferences, or in the
accordance with article 8.
Notice of termination
1. any State may denounce this as amended by notification addressed to the
the Director. This notice also includes a statement of the text or to those
the text of that or this wording and which preceded the State giving
testimony has ratified or to which (to which), and is only effective
for the State, which it has submitted, and the agreement shall remain valid and enforceable
in relation to other States of the Special Union.
2. Denunciation shall take effect one year after the day on which the General
the Director has received notice.
3. the law of evidence, contained in this article, no State,
until five years from the date on which a member of the Special Union.
Reference to article 24 of the Paris Convention
The provisions of article 24 of the Stockholm text of the Paris Convention for the protection of
industrial property of 1967 shall apply also to this agreement;
However, if in the future, these provisions will be modified, the
This agreement apply last modified in relation to those States of the Special
the Union, which will be bound by this modification.
Signatures; languages; the function of the depositary; notification
and this text is signed) in a single original copy, drawn up
in English and in French, both texts are
just as legitimate. Is deposited with the Director.
(b)) the Director shoots after consultations with interested Governments
official texts of the text of the agreement, and within two months after the signature of this
the texts in the other two languages, Spanish and Russian languages, in which in addition to
the languages referred to under (a)) were signed as rightful
the founding conventions of the lyrics world intellectual property organization.
(c)) the Director shoots official texts of this text of the agreement after the
consultation with the interested Governments, in German, Arabic,
Italian, Portuguese and other languages, which can determine the
2. this text remains open for signature until 31 December 2006. December 1977.
and the Director-General shall verify and) passes the two copies of the signed text of this
the text of the Governments of all countries of the Special Union and, on request, of any other
(b)) the Director-General shall transmit two copies, and verifies each edit this text
the Governments of all countries of the Special Union and, on request, to the Government of any
of another State.
4. The Director-General can register this text with the Secretariat
Of the United Nations.
5. the Director General shall notify the Governments of all the Member States of the Paris
Convention for the protection of industrial property:
I. signatures made pursuant to paragraph 1;
II. ratification of instruments or instruments of access referred to in article 9,
III. date of entry into force of this text under article 9, paragraph 4,
IV. adoption of the text of the adjustments referred to in article 8, paragraph 3;
In the data, when such modifications shall enter into force;
Vi. the denunciations referred to in article 12.