International Classification of Goods and Services (Nice Classification)

What is the Nice Classification?

The Nice Classification consists of a classification of goods and services for the purposes of registering trademarks and service trademarks. The Spanish applicant should indicate the class or classes for which the trademark application is being made, at the time of application.

Origin of the Nice Classification

The Nice Classification is based on a multilateral treaty administered by WIPO. This treaty is called the Nice Agreement Concerning the International Classification of Goods and Services for the Purposes of the Registration of Trademarks, which was concluded in 1957. This Classification is commonly referred to as the Nice Classification. The Nice Agreement is open to countries party to the Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property.

Use of the Nice Classification

Use of the Nice Classification by national offices has the advantage of being able to file applications with reference to a single classification system. The preparation of applications is thereby greatly simplified, as the goods and services to which a given trademark applies will be classified in the same way in all countries that have adopted this classification. Furthermore, the fact that the Nice Classification exists in several languages saves applicants a considerable amount of work when they have to file a list of goods and services in a language other than that of the country of origin of the trademark.

A enero de 2019 eran Partes Contratantes 85 Estados. They have adopted and apply the Nice Classification for the purposes of the registration of trademarks. Moreover, the trademark offices of more than 90 countries, three organisations and the International Bureau of WIPO also use the Nice Classification.

Structure of the Nice Classification

The Nice Classification comprises the Class Headings accompanied by Explanatory Notes and an Alphabetical List of Goods and Services, with the class in which each goods or service is placed. The Class Headings describe in very broad terms the nature of the goods or services contained in each of the 34 classes of goods and 11 classes of services. They are accompanied, where appropriate, by Explanatory Notes that describe in greater detail the type of goods or service included in the classes concerned. The Alphabetical List is a list of goods and services set out in alphabetical order. It comprises about 10,000 indications referring to goods and 1,000 indications referring to services.


In order to keep the Nice Classification up to date, it is continuously revised and a new edition is published every five years. The current (eleventh) edition has been in effect since 1 January 2017. The revision is carried out by a Committee of Experts set up under the Nice Agreement. All countries party to the Agreement are members of the Committee of Experts.