What is the trademark class or classification system? | iGERENT

What is the trademark class or classification system?

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. 

For example.-

Trademark Description of goods/services
 APPLE  Computer hardware
 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. 

For example.-

Trademark Description of goods/services Class
 APPLE  Computer hardware 09
 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.