The NICE Classification was established in 1957 by NICE Agreement, and it divides marks into 45 different classes by Goods and Services (Classes 1-34 for Goods and Classes 35-45 for Services). The purpose of these classifications is to allow users to seek trademark goods or services into classes most appropriate to their business.
TM Class 31 includes grains and agricultural, horticultural and forestry products not included in other classes; live animals; fresh fruits and vegetables; seeds; natural plants and flowers; foodstuffs for animals; malt. It also includes raw woods; raw cereals; fertilized eggs for hatching; molluscs, and crustacean (live).
You would choose Trademark Class 31 if you were registering any of these types of goods:
You would not use Trademark Class 31 if you were registering for:
A related trademark class is one that is related to another class; this is due to the Indian Trademark Office (ITO) has determined that applicants registering within Class 31 may register in these other classes too.
If you are not sure while choosing Class 31 for your product, you also consider the following “Related Classes”: Class 5- Pharmaceuticals, Class 30- Coffee, Flour, Rice, Class 29- Meat, Fish, Poultry, Class 32- Beers and Beverages, Class 35- Advertising and Business, Class 43- Food Services, Class 42- Science and Technology Services, and Class 44- Medical and Vet Services.
Trademark Registration fees also vary on bases of the Class system. You must pay a separate registration fee for each class of goods and services that you want to register. For instance, if you are going to register a trademark for posters in Class 16 and shirts for Class 25, you should pay two separate fees.
It is necessary to choose the correct class at the time of registering a trademark, if you register a trademark in the wrong class, you must start the registration process from the beginning.