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What is new in January 2020?

For patents and utility models: IPC version 2020.01
As of January 1, 2020, the IPC has more than 1,100 new entries. It now has a total of 75,548 main groups and subgroups. This is about 6,000 more than 10 years ago. Our "IPC Revisions" subpage provides an overview of the most important changes.

For trademarks: 2020 version of the 11th edition of the Nice Classification (NCL 11-2020)
On 1 January, the 2020 version of the 11th edition of the Nice Classification entered into force, updating the 11th edition of the Nice Classification (NCL 11-2019) from 1 January 2019.

For Designs: Current version of the Locarno Classification (12th edition) and the Design List of Goods
The official product list Design 2020 came into force on 1 January 2020, the 12th edition of the Locarno Classification already on 1 January 2019, replacing all previous editions of the classification and product lists.

What are intellectual property right classifications for?

Classifications serve to index the content of documents and thus allow for content-driven retrieval, independent of the language of the respective document or the catchwords used.
Relevant classifications are an indispensable aid for the systematic IP search in the corresponding databases, enabling the most complete search results possible.
In the field of trade marks, classification also serves to describe the scope of protection.
Information on the classifications of each type of IP can be found on the following pages:

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Last updated: 8 January 2020 

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