Colombia will not use 10th edition of Nice Classification

Although the recently issued 10th edition of the Nice Classification modifies several aspects of the currently valid 9th edition, Colombia will refrain from using the latest classification until a Spanish translation is available.

The Superintendencia de Industria y Comercio (the Colombian Trademark Office) has announced that the 10th edition of Nice Classification issued by the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) will not enter in force in Colombia on January 1 2012, as it will in the majority of associated countries.
The decision by the Trademark Office is based on the fact that Spanish is the country’s official language and, until an official Spanish version of the 10th edition of the classification is available, the Trademark Office must guarantee that rights are not breached by different interpretations of the new classification.
The Trademark Office has also specified that an announcement will be posted on its website once an official WIPO translation is available, so that applicants can comply with the new classification.
Margarita Castellanos, Castellanos & Co, Bogota

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