Multi-class Trademark Application

NICE classification categorised the goods and services into different classes; you can either file a multi-class trademark application in which applicant seeks registration for more than one classes or single class trademark application to file under one class only.

The Trademark Act, 1999 provides for Classification of Goods and Services under Section 7 of the Act. According to this section, The Registrar shall classify goods and services, as far as may be, in accordance with the International classification of goods and services for the purposes of registration of trademarks. The Trademark Law allows to file a trademark application in the following ways:

  • Single-class Trademark Application is a trademark registration application to seek protection under any specified class of goods/ services.
  • Multi-class Trademark Application is an application for trademark registration in which the applicant seeks registration for more than one class. Often applications are submitted with payment for one class, although many classes are available.

Why choose single class trademark application over the multi-class trademark application?

The benefits of single class applications outweigh the benefits of filing trademark under multi-class application.

  • Opposition filed against a single class stalls the entire application
  • Examination procedure will become more complex
  • The examination procedure will become more complex
  • The official fee remains the same
  • The examination process will take at least as much time as before

What are the different classes of goods and services to file a trademark application?

The Trademark Registry has classified the goods and services according to the 10th Edition of Nice Classification of Goods and Services. The Nice Classification administered by WIPO in 1957.

                                       For Goods

S.No Goods
Class1. 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
Class2. Paints, varnishes, lacquers; preservatives against rust and against deterioration of wood; colorants; mordants; raw natural resins; metals in foil and powder form for painters, decorators, printers and artists
Class3. Bleaching preparations and other substances for laundry use; cleaning, polishing, scouring and abrasive preparations; soaps; perfumery, essential oils, cosmetics, hair lotions; dentifrices
Class4. Industrial oils and greases; lubricants; dust absorbing, wetting and binding compositions; fuels (including motor spirit) and illuminants; candles and wicks for lighting
Class5. Pharmaceutical and veterinary preparations; sanitary preparations for medical purposes; dietetic substances adapted for medical use, food for babies; plasters, materials for dressings; material for stopping teeth, dental wax; disinfectants; preparations for destroying vermin; fungicides, herbicides
Class6. 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; goods of common metal not included in other classes; ores
Class7. 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
Class8. Hand tools and implements (hand-operated); cutlery; side arms; razors
Class9. Scientific, nautical, surveying, photographic, cinematographic, optical, weighing, measuring, signaling, 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; automatic vending machines and mechanisms for coin-operated apparatus; cash registers, calculating machines, data processing equipment and computers; fire-extinguishing apparatus
Class10. Surgical, medical, dental and veterinary apparatus and instruments, artificial limbs, eyes and teeth; orthopaedic articles; suture materials
Class11. Apparatus for lighting, heating, steam generating, cooking, refrigerating, drying, ventilating, water supply and sanitary purposes
Class12. Vehicles; apparatus for locomotion by land, air or water
Class13. Firearms; ammunition and projectiles; explosives; fireworks
Class14. Precious metals and their alloys and goods in precious metals or coated therewith, not included in other classes; jewellery, precious stones; horological and chronometric instruments
Class15. Musical instruments
Class16. Paper, cardboard and goods made from these materials, not included in other classes; printed matter; bookbinding material; photographs; stationery; adhesives for stationery or household purposes; artists’ materials; paint brushes; typewriters and office requisites (except furniture); instructional and teaching material (except apparatus); plastic materials for packaging (not included in other classes); printers’ type; printing blocks
Class17. Rubber, gutta-percha, gum, asbestos, mica and goods made from these materials and not included in other classes; plastics in extruded form for use in manufacture; packing, stopping and insulating materials; flexible pipes, not of metal
Class18. Leather and imitations of leather, and goods made of these materials and not included in other classes; animal skins, hides; trunks and travelling bags; umbrellas, parasols and walking sticks; whips, harness and saddlery
Class19. Building materials (non-metallic); non-metallic rigid pipes for building; asphalt, pitch and bitumen; non-metallic transportable buildings; monuments, not of metal
Class20. Furniture, mirrors, picture frames; 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
Class21. Household or kitchen utensils and containers; combs and sponges; brushes (except paint brushes); brush-making materials; articles for cleaning purposes; steel wool; unworked or semi-worked glass (except glass used in building); glassware, porcelain and earthenware not included in other classes
Class22. Ropes, string, nets, tents, awnings, tarpaulins, sails, sacks and bags (not included in other classes); padding and stuffing materials (except rubber or plastics); raw fibrous textile materials
Class23. Yarns and threads, for textile use
Class24. Textiles and textile goods, not included in other classes; bed and table covers
Class25. Clothing, footwear, headgear
Class26. Lace and embroidery, ribbons and braid; buttons, hooks and eyes, pins and needles; artificial flowers
Class27. Carpets, rugs, mats and matting, linoleum and other materials for covering existing floors; wall hangings (non-textile)
Class28. Games and playthings; gymnastic and sporting articles not included in other classes; decorations for Christmas trees
Class29. 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
Class30. Coffee, tea, cocoa, sugar, rice, tapioca, sago, artificial coffee; flour and preparations made from cereals, bread, pastry and confectionery, ices; honey, treacle; yeast, baking-powder; salt, mustard; vinegar, sauces (condiments); spices; ice
Class31. Agricultural, horticultural and forestry products and grains not included in other classes; live animals; fresh fruits and vegetables; seeds, natural plants and flowers; foodstuffs for animals; malt
Class32. Beers; mineral and aerated waters and other non-alcoholic drinks; fruit drinks and fruit juices; syrups and other preparations for making beverages
Class33. Alcoholic beverages (except beers)
Class34. Tobacco; smokers’ articles; matches

                                                  For Services

S.No Services Class35. Advertising; business management; business administration; office functions Class36. Insurance; financial affairs; monetary affairs; real estate affairs Class37. Building construction; repair; installation services Class38. Telecommunications Class39. Transport; packaging and storage of goods; travel arrangement Class40. Treatment of materials Class41. Education; providing of training; entertainment; sporting and cultural activities Class42. Scientific and technological services and research and design relating thereto; industrial analysis and research services; design and development of computer hardware and software Class43. Services for providing food and drink; temporary accommodation Class44. Medical services; veterinary services; hygienic and beauty care for human beings or animals; agriculture, horticulture and forestry services Class45.

Legal services; security services for the protection of property and individuals; personal and social services rendered by others to meet the needs of individuals.

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