Before registering a trademark one must first define the goods and/or services the trademark is going to be used for. With every trademark application, a clear description of goods and/or services must be provided.
|Trademark||Description of goods/services|
|AMAZON||Electronic retailing services|
Different goods or services are grouped into different classes, therefore, depending on what goods or services one is applying for, registration should be sought in one or more classes.
The Nice classification (NCL) is the standard classification system that is used by the overwhelming majority of countries around the world. The classification, established by the Nice Agreement (1957), establishes 45 classes. Classes 1 through 34 are for goods and classes 35 through 45 are for services.
|Trademark||Description of goods/services||Class|
|AMAZON||Electronic retailing services||35|
Every single good or service imaginable can be classified into one of the 45 classes, whether because it is expressly included in the predefined list of goods/services of the class, or because the nature of the goods/services corresponds to the general description of the class.
Click here to search the Nice Classification to determine in what class a specific good/service corresponds to.