TMEP 1401.02(c): International Alphabetical List

This is the October 2015 Edition of the TMEP

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1401.02(c)    International Alphabetical List

Additional general guidance concerning identifications may be found in the Alphabetical List of goods and services of the Nice Classification, available online at http://www.wipo.int/classifications/nice/en/, and published by the World Intellectual Property Organization. A French version of the Alphabetical List is also available online. Note: the paper publication of the Nice Classification was discontinued in 2011 with the publication of the 10th edition.

As the Alphabetical List was developed to classify goods and services and not to identify specific goods and services, most entries will not be sufficiently definite to use in an identification of goods and/or services. If such entries are provided as identifications, the USPTO exercises its discretion to require greater particularity. See In re Omega SA, 494 F.3d 1362, 83 USPQ2d 1541 (Fed. Cir. 2007).

The USPTO’s Acceptable Identification of Goods and Services Manual (“ID Manual”) provides general guidance on whether an identification is sufficiently definite. See TMEP §1402.04.