(153)                          Major Changes in
                        Trademark Classification Policy

   On January 1, 1997, the seventh edition of the Nice Agreement 
(Agreement) went into effect. As a result of the changes in the Agreement 
and policy decisions made within the PTO, the following class changes have 
been made in U.S. trademark classification policy. There are additional 
changes and additions to the U.S. Acceptable Identification of Goods and 
Services Manual (U.S. Manual), however, those listed below are the most 
significant and frequently encountered. The revised U.S. Manual is 
available at the PTO web site (http://www.uspto.-gov/) in the area entitled 
"Information by Topic." The updated U.S. Manual will also be included on 
all future trademark CD-ROM products that are produced by the PTO. Also, 
the U.S. Manual will be available in paper form through the Government 
Printing Office in the near future. GPO is currently accepting orders for 
the U.S. Manual at (202) 512-1800.

. Retail store services (and other retail/distributorship, etc.
services) transferred from Class 42 to Class 35.
. Computer game programs transferred from Class 28 to Class 9. 
. Cleaning machines, such as vacuum cleaners and floor polishing
machines, transferred from Class 9 to Class 7 with other cleaning
. Gas-powered welding apparatus transferred from Class 8 to Class 7.
. Lottery services transferred from Class 36 to Class 41.
. Videotape editing and other film editing services transferred from
Class 40 to Class 41.
. Destruction and incineration of waste and trash transferred from Class
42 to Class 40.
. Computer programs downloadable from a global computer network
transferred from Class 42 to Class 9. 

February 3, 1997                                      PHILIP G. HAMPTON, II
                                      Assistant Commissioner for Trademarks

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