International Trademark Classification Changes, 80266-80269 [2015-32467]

Download as PDF 80266 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 247 / Thursday, December 24, 2015 / Rules and Regulations Dated: December 16, 2015. C.J. Bisignano, Supervisory Bridge Management Specialist, First Coast Guard District. [FR Doc. 2015–32447 Filed 12–23–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9110–04–P DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY Coast Guard 33 CFR Part 117 [Docket No. USCG–2015–1057] Drawbridge Operation Regulation; Annisquam River and Blynman Canal, Gloucester, MA Coast Guard, DHS. Notice of deviation from drawbridge regulation. AGENCY: ACTION: The Coast Guard has issued a temporary deviation from the operating schedule that governs the Blynman (SR127) Bridge across the Annisquam River and Blynman Canal at mile 0.0 at Gloucester, MA. The deviation is necessary due to the inhabitability of the operator’s house associated with a settling of the adjacent seawall resulting in a partial collapse of the house rendering the structure unsafe for occupancy. This deviation allows the bridge to be opened with a two hour advanced notice during the hours of 8 p.m. through 4 a.m. from January 1, 2016 through April 30, 2016. DATES: This deviation is effective from 8 p.m. on January 1, 2016 through 4 a.m. April 30, 2016. ADDRESSES: The docket for this deviation, [USCG–USCG–2015–1057] is available at http://www.regulations.gov. Type the docket number in the ‘‘SEARCH’’ box and click ‘‘SEARCH’’. Click on Open Docket Folder on the line associated with this deviation. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: If you have questions on this temporary deviation, call or email Mr. Scott White, First Coast Guard District Bridge Branch, Coast Guard; telephone 617– 223–8364, email Scott.C.White@ uscg.mil. SUMMARY: The Blynman (SR 127) Bridge across the Annisquam River and Blynman Canal, mile 0.0, at Gloucester, Massachusetts, has a vertical clearance in the closed position of 8.2 feet at mean high water and 16 feet at mean low water. The existing bridge operating regulations are found at 33 CFR 117.586. The owner of the bridge, Massachusetts Department of tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with RULES SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:12 Dec 23, 2015 Jkt 238001 Transportation, requested a temporary deviation from the normal operating schedule to open on signal after at least a two hour advance notice is provided between the hours of 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. for the period of January 1, 2016 through April 30, 2016. The waterways are transited primarily by seasonal recreation vessels of various sizes. Historical records indicate infrequent requests for openings occur during this timeframe. Vessels able to pass through the bridge in the closed position may do so at anytime. The bridge will not be able to open for emergencies however the northern entrance to the Annisquam River can be used as an alternate route for vessels unable to pass through the bridge in closed positions. The Coast Guard will also inform the users of the waterways through our Local and Broadcast Notices to Mariners of the change in operating schedule for the bridge so that vessel operators can arrange their transits to minimize any impact caused by the temporary deviation. In accordance with 33 CFR 117.35(e), the drawbridge must return to its regular operating schedule immediately at the end of the effective period of this temporary deviation. This deviation from the operating regulations is authorized under 33 CFR 117.35. Dated: December 21, 2015. C.J. Bisignano, Supervisory Bridge Management Specialist, First Coast Guard District. [FR Doc. 2015–32446 Filed 12–23–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9110–04–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE United States Patent and Trademark Office 37 CFR Part 6 [Docket No. PTO–T–2015–0077] RIN 0651–AD06 International Trademark Classification Changes United States Patent and Trademark Office, Commerce. ACTION: Final rule. AGENCY: The United States Patent and Trademark Office (‘‘USPTO’’) issues a final rule to incorporate classification changes adopted by the Nice Agreement Concerning the International Classification of Goods and Services for the Purposes of the Registration of Marks (Nice Agreement). These changes are effective January 1, 2016, and are listed in the International Classification SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00060 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 of Goods and Services for the Purposes of the Registration of Marks (10th ed., ver. 2016), which is published by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). In addition, the USPTO is making a change that appeared in an earlier revision of the Nice Agreement and minor revisions to punctuation and grammar to conform to what appears in the Nice Agreement. DATES: This rule is effective on January 1, 2016. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Catherine Cain, Office of the Deputy Commissioner for Trademark Examination Policy, at (571) 272–8946 or TMFRNotices@uspto.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Purpose: As noted above, the revised rule benefits the public by providing notice regarding classification changes adopted by the Nice Agreement that will become effective on January 1, 2016. Summary of Major Provisions: The USPTO is revising § 6.1 in part 6 of title 37 of the Code of Federal Regulations to incorporate classification changes and modifications that will become effective January 1, 2016, or that appeared in earlier revisions of the Nice Agreement, as listed in the International Classification of Goods and Services for the Purposes of the Registration of Marks (10th ed., 2016) (Nice Classification), published by WIPO. In addition, the USPTO is making minor revisions to punctuation and grammar so that § 6.1 will conform to what appears in the Nice Agreement. The Nice Agreement is a multilateral treaty, administered by WIPO, that establishes the international classification of goods and services for the purposes of registering trademarks and service marks. As of September 1, 1973, this international classification system is the controlling system used by the United States, and it applies to all applications filed on or after September 1, 1973, and their resulting registrations, for all statutory purposes. See 37 CFR 2.85(a). As of January 1, 2015, eightyfour states are parties to the Nice Agreement. Every signatory to the Nice Agreement must utilize the international classification system. Each state party to the Nice Agreement is represented in the Committee of Experts of the Nice Union (Committee of Experts), which meets annually to vote on proposed changes to the Nice Classification. Any state that is a party to the Nice Agreement may submit proposals for consideration by the other members in accordance with agreed-upon rules of procedure. Proposals are currently submitted on an annual basis to an electronic forum on E:\FR\FM\24DER1.SGM 24DER1 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 247 / Thursday, December 24, 2015 / Rules and Regulations tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with RULES the WIPO Web site, commented upon, modified, and compiled by WIPO for further discussion and voting at the annual Committee of Experts meeting. In 2013, the Committee of Experts began annual revisions to the Nice Classification. The annual revisions, which are published electronically and enter into force on January 1 each year, are referred to as versions and identified by edition number and year of the effective date (e.g., ‘‘Nice Classification, 10th edition, version 2013’’ or ‘‘NCL 10– 2013’’). Each annual version includes all changes adopted by the Committee of Experts since the adoption of the previous version. The changes consist of the addition of new goods and services to, and deletion of goods and services from, the Alphabetical List, and any modifications to the wording in the Alphabetical List, the class headings, and the explanatory notes that do not involve the transfer of goods or services from one class to another. New editions of the Nice Classification continue to be published electronically and include all changes adopted annually since the previous edition, as well as goods or services transferred from one class to another or new classes that are created. The annual revisions contained in this final rule, which consist of modifications to the class headings, have been incorporated into the Nice Agreement by the Committee of Experts. As a signatory to the Nice Agreement, the United States adopts these revisions pursuant to Article 1. Costs and Benefits: This rulemaking is not economically significant under Executive Order 12866 (Sept. 30, 1993). Discussion of Rule Changes The Office is revising § 6.1 as follows: The wording ‘‘metals in foil and powder form for painters, decorators, printers and artists’’ in Class 2 is amended to ‘‘metals in foil and powder form for use in painting, decorating, printing and art.’’ The wording ‘‘Pharmaceutical and veterinary preparations’’ in Class 5 is amended to ‘‘Pharmaceuticals, medical and veterinary preparations.’’ The wording ‘‘goods of common metal not included in other classes’’ in Class 6 is deleted. The comma after ‘‘apparatus and instruments’’ in Class 10 is changed to a semicolon. The wording ‘‘and goods in precious metals or coated therewith, not included in other classes’’ in Class 14 is deleted. The wording ‘‘Paper, cardboard and goods made from these materials, not included in other classes’’ in Class 16 is amended to ‘‘Paper and cardboard.’’ The wording ‘‘(not included in other VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:12 Dec 23, 2015 Jkt 238001 classes)’’ is deleted from the phrase ‘‘plastic materials for packaging (not included in other classes).’’ The wording ‘‘Rubber, gutta-percha, gum, asbestos, mica and goods made from these materials and not included in other classes’’ in Class 17 is amended to ‘‘Unprocessed and semi-processed rubber, gutta-percha, gum, asbestos, mica and substitutes for all these materials.’’ The wording ‘‘and goods made of these materials and not included in other classes’’ is deleted from the phrase ‘‘Leather and imitations of leather, and goods made of these materials and not included in other classes’’ in Class 18. The wording ‘‘goods (not included in other classes) of wood, cork, reed, cane, wicker, horn, bone, ivory, whalebone, shell, amber, mother-of-pearl, meerschaum and substitutes for all these materials, or of plastics’’ in Class 20 is amended to ‘‘unworked or semiworked bone, horn, ivory, whalebone or mother-of-pearl; shells; meerschaum; yellow amber.’’ The wording ‘‘not included in other classes’’ is deleted from the phrase ‘‘glassware, porcelain and earthenware not included in other classes’’ in Class 21. The wording ‘‘Ropes, string, nets, tents, awnings, tarpaulins, sails, sacks and bags (not included in other classes);’’ in Class 22 is amended to ‘‘Ropes and string; nets; tents, awnings and tarpaulins; sails;’’ and the wording ‘‘paper, cardboard,’’ is added before the term ‘‘rubber’’ in the phrase ‘‘padding and stuffing materials (except of rubber or plastics).’’ The wording ‘‘Textiles and textile goods, not included in other classes’’ is replaced with ‘‘Textiles and substitutes for textiles’’ in Class 24. The wording ‘‘not included in other classes’’ is deleted from the phrase ‘‘gymnastic and sporting articles not included in other classes’’ in Class 28. The term ‘‘pastry’’ is amended to ‘‘pastries’’ in Class 30. The term ‘‘edible’’ is inserted before the term ‘‘ices.’’ The wording ‘‘Grains and agricultural, horticultural and forestry products not included in other classes’’ and ‘‘seeds’’ in Class 31 is amended to ‘‘Agricultural, horticultural and forestry products; raw and unprocessed grains and seeds.’’ Rulemaking Requirements Administrative Procedure Act: The changes in this rulemaking involve rules of agency practice and procedure, and/ or interpretive rules. See Perez v. Mortg. Bankers Ass’n, 135 S. Ct. 1199, 1204 (2015) (interpretive rules ‘‘advise the public of the agency’s construction of PO 00000 Frm 00061 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 80267 the statutes and rules which it administers’’) (citation and internal quotation marks omitted); Nat’l Org. of Veterans’ Advocates v. Sec’y of Veterans Affairs, 260 F.3d 1365, 1375 (Fed. Cir. 2001) (rule that clarifies interpretation of a statute is interpretive); Bachow Commc’ns Inc. v. FCC, 237 F.3d 683, 690 (D.C. Cir. 2001) (rules governing an application process are procedural under the Administrative Procedure Act); Inova Alexandria Hosp. v. Shalala, 244 F.3d 342, 350 (4th Cir. 2001) (rules for handling appeals were procedural where they did not change the substantive standard for reviewing claims). Accordingly, prior notice and opportunity for public comment for the changes in this rulemaking are not required pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 553(b) or (c), or any other law. See Perez, 135 S. Ct. at 1206 (notice-and-comment procedures are required neither when an agency ‘‘issue[s] an initial interpretive rule’’ nor ‘‘when it amends or repeals that interpretive rule’’); Cooper Techs. Co. v. Dudas, 536 F.3d 1330, 1336–37 (Fed. Cir. 2008) (stating that 5 U.S.C. 553, and thus 35 U.S.C. 2(b)(2)(B), does not require notice and comment rulemaking for ‘‘interpretative rules, general statements of policy, or rules of agency organization, procedure, or practice,’’ quoting 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(A)). The 30-day delay in effectiveness is not applicable because this rule is not a substantive rule as the changes in this rule have no impact on the standard for reviewing trademark applications. As discussed above, the changes in this rulemaking involve rules of agency practice and procedure, and consist of modifications to the class headings that are used to classify goods and services in the trademarkapplication process. These changes are administrative in nature and will have no substantive impact on the evaluation of a trademark application. The purpose of a delay in effectiveness is to allow affected parties time to modify their behaviors, businesses, or practices to come into compliance with new regulations. This rule imposes no additional requirements on the affected entities. Therefore, the requirement for a 30-day delay in effectiveness is not applicable, and the rule is made effective upon the date of publication. Regulatory Flexibility Act: As prior notice and an opportunity for public comment are not required pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 553 or any other law, neither a Regulatory Flexibility Act analysis, nor a certification under the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601, et seq.), is required. See 5 U.S.C. 603. E:\FR\FM\24DER1.SGM 24DER1 tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with RULES 80268 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 247 / Thursday, December 24, 2015 / Rules and Regulations Executive Order 12866 (Regulatory Planning and Review): This rulemaking has been determined to be not significant for purposes of Executive Order 12866 (Sept. 30, 1993). Executive Order 13563 (Improving Regulation and Regulatory Review): The USPTO has complied with Executive Order 13563 (Jan. 18, 2011). Specifically, the USPTO has, to the extent feasible and applicable: (1) Made a reasoned determination that the benefits justify the costs of the rule changes; (2) tailored the rules to impose the least burden on society consistent with obtaining the regulatory objectives; (3) selected a regulatory approach that maximizes net benefits; (4) specified performance objectives; (5) identified and assessed available alternatives; (6) provided the public with a meaningful opportunity to participate in the regulatory process, including soliciting the views of those likely affected prior to issuing a notice of proposed rulemaking, and provided on-line access to the rulemaking docket; (7) attempted to promote coordination, simplification, and harmonization across government agencies and identified goals designed to promote innovation; (8) considered approaches that reduce burdens and maintain flexibility and freedom of choice for the public; and (9) ensured the objectivity of scientific and technological information and processes, to the extent applicable. Executive Order 13132 (Federalism): This rulemaking does not contain policies with federalism implications sufficient to warrant preparation of a Federalism Assessment under Executive Order 13132 (Aug. 4, 1999). Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995: The changes set forth in this rulemaking do not involve a Federal intergovernmental mandate that will result in the expenditure by State, local, and tribal governments, in the aggregate, of 100 million dollars (as adjusted) or more in any one year, or a Federal private sector mandate that will result in the expenditure by the private sector of 100 million dollars (as adjusted) or more in any one year, and will not significantly or uniquely affect small governments. Therefore, no actions are necessary under the provisions of the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995. See 2 U.S.C. 1501 et seq. Paperwork Reduction Act: This final rule does not involve information collection requirements which are subject to review by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.). VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:12 Dec 23, 2015 Jkt 238001 List of Subjects in 37 CFR Part 6 Administrative practice and procedure, Classification, Trademarks. For the reasons given in the preamble and under the authority contained in 15 U.S.C. 1112, 1123 and 35 U.S.C. 2, as amended, the USPTO is amending part 6 of title 37 as follows: PART 6—CLASSIFICATION OF GOODS AND SERVICES UNDER THE TRADEMARK ACT 1. The authority citation for part 6 continues to read as follows: ■ Authority: Secs. 30, 41, 60 Stat. 436, 440; 15 U.S.C. 1112, 1123; 35 U.S.C. 2, unless otherwise noted. ■ 2. Revise § 6.1 to read as follows: § 6.1 International schedule of classes of goods and services. Goods 1. Chemicals used in industry, science and photography, as well as in agriculture, horticulture and forestry; unprocessed artificial resins, unprocessed plastics; manures; fire extinguishing compositions; tempering and soldering preparations; chemical substances for preserving foodstuffs; tanning substances; adhesives used in industry. 2. Paints, varnishes, lacquers; preservatives against rust and against deterioration of wood; colorants; mordants; raw natural resins; metals in foil and powder form for use in painting, decorating, printing and art. 3. Bleaching preparations and other substances for laundry use; cleaning, polishing, scouring and abrasive preparations; soaps; perfumery, essential oils, cosmetics, hair lotions; dentifrices. 4. Industrial oils and greases; lubricants; dust absorbing, wetting and binding compositions; fuels (including motor spirit) and illuminants; candles and wicks for lighting. 5. Pharmaceuticals, medical and veterinary preparations; sanitary preparations for medical purposes; dietetic food and substances adapted for medical use or veterinary use, food for babies; dietary supplements for humans and animals; plasters, materials for dressings; material for stopping teeth, dental wax; disinfectants; preparations for destroying vermin; fungicides, herbicides. 6. Common metals and their alloys; metal building materials; transportable buildings of metal; materials of metal for railway tracks; non-electric cables and wires of common metal; ironmongery, small items of metal hardware; pipes and tubes of metal; safes; ores. PO 00000 Frm 00062 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 7. Machines and machine tools; motors and engines (except for land vehicles); machine coupling and transmission components (except for land vehicles); agricultural implements other than hand-operated; incubators for eggs; automatic vending machines. 8. Hand tools and implements (handoperated); cutlery; side arms; razors. 9. Scientific, nautical, surveying, photographic, cinematographic, optical, weighing, measuring, signalling, checking (supervision), life-saving and teaching apparatus and instruments; apparatus and instruments for conducting, switching, transforming, accumulating, regulating or controlling electricity; apparatus for recording, transmission or reproduction of sound or images; magnetic data carriers, recording discs; compact discs, DVDs and other digital recording media; mechanisms for coin-operated apparatus; cash registers, calculating machines, data processing equipment, computers; computer software; fireextinguishing apparatus. 10. Surgical, medical, dental and veterinary apparatus and instruments; artificial limbs, eyes and teeth; orthopedic articles; suture materials. 11. Apparatus for lighting, heating, steam generating, cooking, refrigerating, drying, ventilating, water supply and sanitary purposes. 12. Vehicles; apparatus for locomotion by land, air or water. 13. Firearms; ammunition and projectiles; explosives; fireworks. 14. Precious metals and their alloys; jewellery, precious stones; horological and chronometric instruments. 15. Musical instruments. 16. Paper and cardboard; printed matter; bookbinding material; photographs; stationery; adhesives for stationery or household purposes; artists’ materials; paintbrushes; typewriters and office requisites (except furniture); instructional and teaching material (except apparatus); plastic materials for packaging; printers’ type; printing blocks. 17. Unprocessed and semi-processed rubber, gutta-percha, gum, asbestos, mica and substitutes for all these materials; plastics in extruded form for use in manufacture; packing, stopping and insulating materials; flexible pipes, not of metal. 18. Leather and imitations of leather; animal skins, hides; trunks and travelling bags; umbrellas and parasols; walking sticks; whips, harness and saddlery. 19. Building materials (non-metallic); non-metallic rigid pipes for building; asphalt, pitch and bitumen; non- E:\FR\FM\24DER1.SGM 24DER1 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 247 / Thursday, December 24, 2015 / Rules and Regulations tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with RULES metallic transportable buildings; monuments, not of metal. 20. Furniture, mirrors, picture frames; unworked or semi-worked bone, horn, ivory, whalebone or mother-of-pearl; shells; meerschaum; yellow amber. 21. Household or kitchen utensils and containers; combs and sponges; brushes (except paintbrushes); brush-making materials; articles for cleaning purposes; steelwool; unworked or semi-worked glass (except glass used in building); glassware, porcelain and earthenware. 22. Ropes and string; nets; tents, awnings and tarpaulins; sails; sacks; padding and stuffing materials (except of paper, cardboard, rubber or plastics); raw fibrous textile materials. 23. Yarns and threads, for textile use. 24. Textiles and substitutes for textiles; bed covers; table covers. 25. Clothing, footwear, headgear. 26. Lace and embroidery, ribbons and braid; buttons, hooks and eyes, pins and needles; artificial flowers. 27. Carpets, rugs, mats and matting, linoleum and other materials for covering existing floors; wall hangings (non-textile). 28. Games and playthings; gymnastic and sporting articles; decorations for Christmas trees. 29. Meat, fish, poultry and game; meat extracts; preserved, frozen, dried and cooked fruits and vegetables; jellies, jams, compotes; eggs; milk and milk products; edible oils and fats. 30. Coffee, tea, cocoa and artificial coffee; rice; tapioca and sago; flour and preparations made from cereals; bread, pastries and confectionery; edible ices; sugar, honey, treacle; yeast, bakingpowder; salt; mustard; vinegar, sauces (condiments); spices; ice. 31. Agricultural, horticultural and forestry products; raw and unprocessed grains and seeds; fresh fruits and vegetables; natural plants and flowers; live animals; foodstuffs for animals; malt. 32. Beers; mineral and aerated waters and other non-alcoholic beverages; fruit beverages and fruit juices; syrups and other preparations for making beverages. 33. Alcoholic beverages (except beers). 34. Tobacco; smokers’ articles; matches. Services 35. Advertising; business management; business administration; office functions. 36. Insurance; financial affairs; monetary affairs; real estate affairs. 37. Building construction; repair; installation services. 38. Telecommunications. 39. Transport; packaging and storage of goods; travel arrangement. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:12 Dec 23, 2015 Jkt 238001 40. Treatment of materials. 41. Education; providing of training; entertainment; sporting and cultural activities. 42. Scientific and technological services and research and design relating thereto; industrial analysis and research services; design and development of computer hardware and software. 43. Services for providing food and drink; temporary accommodation. 44. Medical services; veterinary services; hygienic and beauty care for human beings or animals; agriculture, horticulture and forestry services. 45. Legal services; security services for the protection of property and individuals; personal and social services rendered by others to meet the needs of individuals. Dated: December 18, 2015. Michelle K. Lee, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office. [FR Doc. 2015–32467 Filed 12–23–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–16–P ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY 40 CFR Part 180 [EPA–HQ–OPP–2015–0685; FRL–9940–01] Propiconazole on Tea; Pesticide Tolerance Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ACTION: Final rule. AGENCY: This regulation establishes a tolerance for residues of propiconazole in or on tea. The Tea Association of the U.S.A., Inc. requested these tolerances under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA). DATES: This regulation is effective December 24, 2015. Objections and requests for hearings must be received on or before February 22, 2016, and must be filed in accordance with the instructions provided in 40 CFR part 178 (see also Unit I.C. of the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION). ADDRESSES: The docket for this action, identified by docket identification (ID) number EPA–HQ–OPP–2015–0685, is available at http://www.regulations.gov or at the Office of Pesticide Programs Regulatory Public Docket (OPP Docket) in the Environmental Protection Agency Docket Center (EPA/DC), West William Jefferson Clinton Bldg., Rm. 3334, 1301 Constitution Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460–0001. The Public Reading Room SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00063 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 80269 is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays. The telephone number for the Public Reading Room is (202) 566–1744, and the telephone number for the OPP Docket is (703) 305–5805. Please review the visitor instructions and additional information about the docket available at http://www.epa.gov/dockets. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Susan Lewis, Registration Division (7505P), Office of Pesticide Programs, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460–0001; main telephone number: (703) 305–7090; email address: RDFRNotices@epa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. General Information A. Does this action apply to me? You may be potentially affected by this action if you are an agricultural producer, food manufacturer, or pesticide manufacturer. The following list of North American Industrial Classification System (NAICS) codes is not intended to be exhaustive, but rather provides a guide to help readers determine whether this document applies to them. Potentially affected entities may include: • Crop production (NAICS code 111). • Animal production (NAICS code 112). • Food manufacturing (NAICS code 311). • Pesticide manufacturing (NAICS code 32532). B. How can I get electronic access to other related information? You may access a frequently updated electronic version of EPA’s tolerance regulations at 40 CFR part 180 through the Government Printing Office’s e-CFR site at http://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/textidx?&c=ecfr&tpl=/ecfrbrowse/Title40/ 40tab_02.tpl. C. How can I file an objection or hearing request? Under FFDCA section 408(g), 21 U.S.C. 346a, any person may file an objection to any aspect of this regulation and may also request a hearing on those objections. You must file your objection or request a hearing on this regulation in accordance with the instructions provided in 40 CFR part 178. To ensure proper receipt by EPA, you must identify docket ID number EPA–HQ– OPP–2015–0685 in the subject line on the first page of your submission. All objections and requests for a hearing must be in writing, and must be received by the Hearing Clerk on or before February 22, 2016. Addresses for E:\FR\FM\24DER1.SGM 24DER1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

United States Patent and Trademark Office

37 CFR Part 6

[Docket No. PTO-T-2015-0077]
RIN 0651-AD06


International Trademark Classification Changes

AGENCY: United States Patent and Trademark Office, Commerce.

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: The United States Patent and Trademark Office (``USPTO'') 
issues a final rule to incorporate classification changes adopted by 
the Nice Agreement Concerning the International Classification of Goods 
and Services for the Purposes of the Registration of Marks (Nice 
Agreement). These changes are effective January 1, 2016, and are listed 
in the International Classification of Goods and Services for the 
Purposes of the Registration of Marks (10th ed., ver. 2016), which is 
published by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). In 
addition, the USPTO is making a change that appeared in an earlier 
revision of the Nice Agreement and minor revisions to punctuation and 
grammar to conform to what appears in the Nice Agreement.

DATES: This rule is effective on January 1, 2016.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Catherine Cain, Office of the Deputy 
Commissioner for Trademark Examination Policy, at (571) 272-8946 or 
TMFRNotices@uspto.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 
    Purpose: As noted above, the revised rule benefits the public by 
providing notice regarding classification changes adopted by the Nice 
Agreement that will become effective on January 1, 2016.
    Summary of Major Provisions: The USPTO is revising Sec.  6.1 in 
part 6 of title 37 of the Code of Federal Regulations to incorporate 
classification changes and modifications that will become effective 
January 1, 2016, or that appeared in earlier revisions of the Nice 
Agreement, as listed in the International Classification of Goods and 
Services for the Purposes of the Registration of Marks (10th ed., 2016) 
(Nice Classification), published by WIPO. In addition, the USPTO is 
making minor revisions to punctuation and grammar so that Sec.  6.1 
will conform to what appears in the Nice Agreement.
    The Nice Agreement is a multilateral treaty, administered by WIPO, 
that establishes the international classification of goods and services 
for the purposes of registering trademarks and service marks. As of 
September 1, 1973, this international classification system is the 
controlling system used by the United States, and it applies to all 
applications filed on or after September 1, 1973, and their resulting 
registrations, for all statutory purposes. See 37 CFR 2.85(a). As of 
January 1, 2015, eighty-four states are parties to the Nice Agreement. 
Every signatory to the Nice Agreement must utilize the international 
classification system.
    Each state party to the Nice Agreement is represented in the 
Committee of Experts of the Nice Union (Committee of Experts), which 
meets annually to vote on proposed changes to the Nice Classification. 
Any state that is a party to the Nice Agreement may submit proposals 
for consideration by the other members in accordance with agreed-upon 
rules of procedure. Proposals are currently submitted on an annual 
basis to an electronic forum on

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the WIPO Web site, commented upon, modified, and compiled by WIPO for 
further discussion and voting at the annual Committee of Experts 
meeting.
    In 2013, the Committee of Experts began annual revisions to the 
Nice Classification. The annual revisions, which are published 
electronically and enter into force on January 1 each year, are 
referred to as versions and identified by edition number and year of 
the effective date (e.g., ``Nice Classification, 10th edition, version 
2013'' or ``NCL 10-2013''). Each annual version includes all changes 
adopted by the Committee of Experts since the adoption of the previous 
version. The changes consist of the addition of new goods and services 
to, and deletion of goods and services from, the Alphabetical List, and 
any modifications to the wording in the Alphabetical List, the class 
headings, and the explanatory notes that do not involve the transfer of 
goods or services from one class to another. New editions of the Nice 
Classification continue to be published electronically and include all 
changes adopted annually since the previous edition, as well as goods 
or services transferred from one class to another or new classes that 
are created.
    The annual revisions contained in this final rule, which consist of 
modifications to the class headings, have been incorporated into the 
Nice Agreement by the Committee of Experts. As a signatory to the Nice 
Agreement, the United States adopts these revisions pursuant to Article 
1.
    Costs and Benefits: This rulemaking is not economically significant 
under Executive Order 12866 (Sept. 30, 1993).

Discussion of Rule Changes

    The Office is revising Sec.  6.1 as follows:
    The wording ``metals in foil and powder form for painters, 
decorators, printers and artists'' in Class 2 is amended to ``metals in 
foil and powder form for use in painting, decorating, printing and 
art.''
    The wording ``Pharmaceutical and veterinary preparations'' in Class 
5 is amended to ``Pharmaceuticals, medical and veterinary 
preparations.''
    The wording ``goods of common metal not included in other classes'' 
in Class 6 is deleted.
    The comma after ``apparatus and instruments'' in Class 10 is 
changed to a semicolon.
    The wording ``and goods in precious metals or coated therewith, not 
included in other classes'' in Class 14 is deleted.
    The wording ``Paper, cardboard and goods made from these materials, 
not included in other classes'' in Class 16 is amended to ``Paper and 
cardboard.'' The wording ``(not included in other classes)'' is deleted 
from the phrase ``plastic materials for packaging (not included in 
other classes).''
    The wording ``Rubber, gutta-percha, gum, asbestos, mica and goods 
made from these materials and not included in other classes'' in Class 
17 is amended to ``Unprocessed and semi-processed rubber, gutta-percha, 
gum, asbestos, mica and substitutes for all these materials.''
    The wording ``and goods made of these materials and not included in 
other classes'' is deleted from the phrase ``Leather and imitations of 
leather, and goods made of these materials and not included in other 
classes'' in Class 18.
    The wording ``goods (not included in other classes) of wood, cork, 
reed, cane, wicker, horn, bone, ivory, whalebone, shell, amber, mother-
of-pearl, meerschaum and substitutes for all these materials, or of 
plastics'' in Class 20 is amended to ``unworked or semi-worked bone, 
horn, ivory, whalebone or mother-of-pearl; shells; meerschaum; yellow 
amber.''
    The wording ``not included in other classes'' is deleted from the 
phrase ``glassware, porcelain and earthenware not included in other 
classes'' in Class 21.
    The wording ``Ropes, string, nets, tents, awnings, tarpaulins, 
sails, sacks and bags (not included in other classes);'' in Class 22 is 
amended to ``Ropes and string; nets; tents, awnings and tarpaulins; 
sails;'' and the wording ``paper, cardboard,'' is added before the term 
``rubber'' in the phrase ``padding and stuffing materials (except of 
rubber or plastics).''
    The wording ``Textiles and textile goods, not included in other 
classes'' is replaced with ``Textiles and substitutes for textiles'' in 
Class 24.
    The wording ``not included in other classes'' is deleted from the 
phrase ``gymnastic and sporting articles not included in other 
classes'' in Class 28.
    The term ``pastry'' is amended to ``pastries'' in Class 30. The 
term ``edible'' is inserted before the term ``ices.''
    The wording ``Grains and agricultural, horticultural and forestry 
products not included in other classes'' and ``seeds'' in Class 31 is 
amended to ``Agricultural, horticultural and forestry products; raw and 
unprocessed grains and seeds.''

Rulemaking Requirements

    Administrative Procedure Act: The changes in this rulemaking 
involve rules of agency practice and procedure, and/or interpretive 
rules. See Perez v. Mortg. Bankers Ass'n, 135 S. Ct. 1199, 1204 (2015) 
(interpretive rules ``advise the public of the agency's construction of 
the statutes and rules which it administers'') (citation and internal 
quotation marks omitted); Nat'l Org. of Veterans' Advocates v. Sec'y of 
Veterans Affairs, 260 F.3d 1365, 1375 (Fed. Cir. 2001) (rule that 
clarifies interpretation of a statute is interpretive); Bachow Commc'ns 
Inc. v. FCC, 237 F.3d 683, 690 (D.C. Cir. 2001) (rules governing an 
application process are procedural under the Administrative Procedure 
Act); Inova Alexandria Hosp. v. Shalala, 244 F.3d 342, 350 (4th Cir. 
2001) (rules for handling appeals were procedural where they did not 
change the substantive standard for reviewing claims).
    Accordingly, prior notice and opportunity for public comment for 
the changes in this rulemaking are not required pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
553(b) or (c), or any other law. See Perez, 135 S. Ct. at 1206 (notice-
and-comment procedures are required neither when an agency ``issue[s] 
an initial interpretive rule'' nor ``when it amends or repeals that 
interpretive rule''); Cooper Techs. Co. v. Dudas, 536 F.3d 1330, 1336-
37 (Fed. Cir. 2008) (stating that 5 U.S.C. 553, and thus 35 U.S.C. 
2(b)(2)(B), does not require notice and comment rulemaking for 
``interpretative rules, general statements of policy, or rules of 
agency organization, procedure, or practice,'' quoting 5 U.S.C. 
553(b)(A)). The 30-day delay in effectiveness is not applicable because 
this rule is not a substantive rule as the changes in this rule have no 
impact on the standard for reviewing trademark applications. As 
discussed above, the changes in this rulemaking involve rules of agency 
practice and procedure, and consist of modifications to the class 
headings that are used to classify goods and services in the trademark-
application process. These changes are administrative in nature and 
will have no substantive impact on the evaluation of a trademark 
application. The purpose of a delay in effectiveness is to allow 
affected parties time to modify their behaviors, businesses, or 
practices to come into compliance with new regulations. This rule 
imposes no additional requirements on the affected entities. Therefore, 
the requirement for a 30-day delay in effectiveness is not applicable, 
and the rule is made effective upon the date of publication.
    Regulatory Flexibility Act: As prior notice and an opportunity for 
public comment are not required pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 553 or any other 
law, neither a Regulatory Flexibility Act analysis, nor a certification 
under the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601, et seq.), is 
required. See 5 U.S.C. 603.

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    Executive Order 12866 (Regulatory Planning and Review): This 
rulemaking has been determined to be not significant for purposes of 
Executive Order 12866 (Sept. 30, 1993).
    Executive Order 13563 (Improving Regulation and Regulatory Review): 
The USPTO has complied with Executive Order 13563 (Jan. 18, 2011). 
Specifically, the USPTO has, to the extent feasible and applicable: (1) 
Made a reasoned determination that the benefits justify the costs of 
the rule changes; (2) tailored the rules to impose the least burden on 
society consistent with obtaining the regulatory objectives; (3) 
selected a regulatory approach that maximizes net benefits; (4) 
specified performance objectives; (5) identified and assessed available 
alternatives; (6) provided the public with a meaningful opportunity to 
participate in the regulatory process, including soliciting the views 
of those likely affected prior to issuing a notice of proposed 
rulemaking, and provided on-line access to the rulemaking docket; (7) 
attempted to promote coordination, simplification, and harmonization 
across government agencies and identified goals designed to promote 
innovation; (8) considered approaches that reduce burdens and maintain 
flexibility and freedom of choice for the public; and (9) ensured the 
objectivity of scientific and technological information and processes, 
to the extent applicable.
    Executive Order 13132 (Federalism): This rulemaking does not 
contain policies with federalism implications sufficient to warrant 
preparation of a Federalism Assessment under Executive Order 13132 
(Aug. 4, 1999).
    Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995: The changes set forth in this 
rulemaking do not involve a Federal intergovernmental mandate that will 
result in the expenditure by State, local, and tribal governments, in 
the aggregate, of 100 million dollars (as adjusted) or more in any one 
year, or a Federal private sector mandate that will result in the 
expenditure by the private sector of 100 million dollars (as adjusted) 
or more in any one year, and will not significantly or uniquely affect 
small governments. Therefore, no actions are necessary under the 
provisions of the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995. See 2 U.S.C. 
1501 et seq.
    Paperwork Reduction Act: This final rule does not involve 
information collection requirements which are subject to review by the 
Office of Management and Budget (OMB) under the Paperwork Reduction Act 
of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.).

List of Subjects in 37 CFR Part 6

    Administrative practice and procedure, Classification, Trademarks.

    For the reasons given in the preamble and under the authority 
contained in 15 U.S.C. 1112, 1123 and 35 U.S.C. 2, as amended, the 
USPTO is amending part 6 of title 37 as follows:

PART 6--CLASSIFICATION OF GOODS AND SERVICES UNDER THE TRADEMARK 
ACT

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1. The authority citation for part 6 continues to read as follows:

    Authority: Secs. 30, 41, 60 Stat. 436, 440; 15 U.S.C. 1112, 
1123; 35 U.S.C. 2, unless otherwise noted.


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2. Revise Sec.  6.1 to read as follows:


Sec.  6.1  International schedule of classes of goods and services.

Goods

    1. Chemicals used in industry, science and photography, as well as 
in agriculture, horticulture and forestry; unprocessed artificial 
resins, unprocessed plastics; manures; fire extinguishing compositions; 
tempering and soldering preparations; chemical substances for 
preserving foodstuffs; tanning substances; adhesives used in industry.
    2. Paints, varnishes, lacquers; preservatives against rust and 
against deterioration of wood; colorants; mordants; raw natural resins; 
metals in foil and powder form for use in painting, decorating, 
printing and art.
    3. Bleaching preparations and other substances for laundry use; 
cleaning, polishing, scouring and abrasive preparations; soaps; 
perfumery, essential oils, cosmetics, hair lotions; dentifrices.
    4. Industrial oils and greases; lubricants; dust absorbing, wetting 
and binding compositions; fuels (including motor spirit) and 
illuminants; candles and wicks for lighting.
    5. Pharmaceuticals, medical and veterinary preparations; sanitary 
preparations for medical purposes; dietetic food and substances adapted 
for medical use or veterinary use, food for babies; dietary supplements 
for humans and animals; plasters, materials for dressings; material for 
stopping teeth, dental wax; disinfectants; preparations for destroying 
vermin; fungicides, herbicides.
    6. Common metals and their alloys; metal building materials; 
transportable buildings of metal; materials of metal for railway 
tracks; non-electric cables and wires of common metal; ironmongery, 
small items of metal hardware; pipes and tubes of metal; safes; ores.
    7. Machines and machine tools; motors and engines (except for land 
vehicles); machine coupling and transmission components (except for 
land vehicles); agricultural implements other than hand-operated; 
incubators for eggs; automatic vending machines.
    8. Hand tools and implements (hand-operated); cutlery; side arms; 
razors.
    9. Scientific, nautical, surveying, photographic, cinematographic, 
optical, weighing, measuring, signalling, checking (supervision), life-
saving and teaching apparatus and instruments; apparatus and 
instruments for conducting, switching, transforming, accumulating, 
regulating or controlling electricity; apparatus for recording, 
transmission or reproduction of sound or images; magnetic data 
carriers, recording discs; compact discs, DVDs and other digital 
recording media; mechanisms for coin-operated apparatus; cash 
registers, calculating machines, data processing equipment, computers; 
computer software; fire-extinguishing apparatus.
    10. Surgical, medical, dental and veterinary apparatus and 
instruments; artificial limbs, eyes and teeth; orthopedic articles; 
suture materials.
    11. Apparatus for lighting, heating, steam generating, cooking, 
refrigerating, drying, ventilating, water supply and sanitary purposes.
    12. Vehicles; apparatus for locomotion by land, air or water.
    13. Firearms; ammunition and projectiles; explosives; fireworks.
    14. Precious metals and their alloys; jewellery, precious stones; 
horological and chronometric instruments.
    15. Musical instruments.
    16. Paper and cardboard; printed matter; bookbinding material; 
photographs; stationery; adhesives for stationery or household 
purposes; artists' materials; paintbrushes; typewriters and office 
requisites (except furniture); instructional and teaching material 
(except apparatus); plastic materials for packaging; printers' type; 
printing blocks.
    17. Unprocessed and semi-processed rubber, gutta-percha, gum, 
asbestos, mica and substitutes for all these materials; plastics in 
extruded form for use in manufacture; packing, stopping and insulating 
materials; flexible pipes, not of metal.
    18. Leather and imitations of leather; animal skins, hides; trunks 
and travelling bags; umbrellas and parasols; walking sticks; whips, 
harness and saddlery.
    19. Building materials (non-metallic); non-metallic rigid pipes for 
building; asphalt, pitch and bitumen; non-

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metallic transportable buildings; monuments, not of metal.
    20. Furniture, mirrors, picture frames; unworked or semi-worked 
bone, horn, ivory, whalebone or mother-of-pearl; shells; meerschaum; 
yellow amber.
    21. Household or kitchen utensils and containers; combs and 
sponges; brushes (except paintbrushes); brush-making materials; 
articles for cleaning purposes; steelwool; unworked or semi-worked 
glass (except glass used in building); glassware, porcelain and 
earthenware.
    22. Ropes and string; nets; tents, awnings and tarpaulins; sails; 
sacks; padding and stuffing materials (except of paper, cardboard, 
rubber or plastics); raw fibrous textile materials.
    23. Yarns and threads, for textile use.
    24. Textiles and substitutes for textiles; bed covers; table 
covers.
    25. Clothing, footwear, headgear.
    26. Lace and embroidery, ribbons and braid; buttons, hooks and 
eyes, pins and needles; artificial flowers.
    27. Carpets, rugs, mats and matting, linoleum and other materials 
for covering existing floors; wall hangings (non-textile).
    28. Games and playthings; gymnastic and sporting articles; 
decorations for Christmas trees.
    29. Meat, fish, poultry and game; meat extracts; preserved, frozen, 
dried and cooked fruits and vegetables; jellies, jams, compotes; eggs; 
milk and milk products; edible oils and fats.
    30. Coffee, tea, cocoa and artificial coffee; rice; tapioca and 
sago; flour and preparations made from cereals; bread, pastries and 
confectionery; edible ices; sugar, honey, treacle; yeast, baking-
powder; salt; mustard; vinegar, sauces (condiments); spices; ice.
    31. Agricultural, horticultural and forestry products; raw and 
unprocessed grains and seeds; fresh fruits and vegetables; natural 
plants and flowers; live animals; foodstuffs for animals; malt.
    32. Beers; mineral and aerated waters and other non-alcoholic 
beverages; fruit beverages and fruit juices; syrups and other 
preparations for making beverages.
    33. Alcoholic beverages (except beers).
    34. Tobacco; smokers' articles; matches.

Services

    35. Advertising; business management; business administration; 
office functions.
    36. Insurance; financial affairs; monetary affairs; real estate 
affairs.
    37. Building construction; repair; installation services.
    38. Telecommunications.
    39. Transport; packaging and storage of goods; travel arrangement.
    40. Treatment of materials.
    41. Education; providing of training; entertainment; sporting and 
cultural activities.
    42. Scientific and technological services and research and design 
relating thereto; industrial analysis and research services; design and 
development of computer hardware and software.
    43. Services for providing food and drink; temporary accommodation.
    44. Medical services; veterinary services; hygienic and beauty care 
for human beings or animals; agriculture, horticulture and forestry 
services.
    45. Legal services; security services for the protection of 
property and individuals; personal and social services rendered by 
others to meet the needs of individuals.

    Dated: December 18, 2015.
Michelle K. Lee,
Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of 
the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
[FR Doc. 2015-32467 Filed 12-23-15; 8:45 am]
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