Effective from November 2, 2023, the Saudi Authority for Intellectual Property (SAIP) has implemented the 12th edition of the Nice Classification. This edition brings with it considerable changes, especially in how applicants must specify their goods or services. The SAIP no longer accepts class headings, compelling applicants to choose between listing specific items from a predefined list or selecting all items within a class.
This shift marks a decisive move towards a more detailed and precise approach in the trademark application process. Applicants, especially those from international backgrounds, need to navigate this system with an informed and strategic approach. Consulting with local counsel is highly recommended to effectively manage the complexities of the new classification.
For any inquiries or comments regarding these changes, or for guidance on navigating the new trademark registration landscape in Saudi Arabia, please contact Saba IP at firstname.lastname@example.org.