What is new in January 2022?

For patents and utility models: IPC version 2022.01
As of January 1, 2022, the IPC has more than 1,500 new entries. Our "IPC Revisions" subpage provides an overview of the most important changes.

For trademarks: 2022 version of the 11th edition of the Nice Classification (NCL 11-2022)
On 1 January, the 2022 version of the 11th edition of the Nice Classification entered into force, updating the 11th edition of the Nice Classification (NCL 11-2021) from 1 January 2021.

For Designs: List of Goods Design 2022(13)
The official list of goods Design 2022(13) has entered into force on January 1, 2022. The 13th edition of the Locarno Classification has been in force since 01/01/2021 and remains valid. These replace all previous editions of the classification and lists of goods.

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: 3 January 2022