International trademark classes used by the USPTO

To register your trademark, you first need to decide which mark you want to register and check its availability. After conducting an exhausting search of the databases, you will be faced with the grueling task of identifying under which class of goods and services your trademark falls. There are 45 classes that represent all the different categories to which your brand’s identifying marks can belong; choosing which classes of the Nice Classification system are applicable is usually the most complicated part of applying for trademark registration which is why people tend to hire a trademark attorney to do it correctly. The US Trademark and Patent Office (USPTO) uses the Nice Classification system for its federal trademark registration, making international trademark classes apply on a national level.

International trademark classes list

Product ('goods') classes

Class 1: Chemical products. 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.

Class 2: Paint products. 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.

Class 3: Cosmetics and cleaning products. Bleaching preparations and other substances for laundry use; cleaning, polishing, scouring, and abrasive preparations; soaps; perfumery, essential oils, cosmetics, hair lotions; dentifrices.

Class 4: Lubricant and fuel products. Industrial oils and greases; lubricants; dust absorbing, wetting, and binding compositions; fuels (including motor spirit) and illuminants; candles and wicks for lighting.

Class 5: Pharmaceutical products. 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.

Class 6: Metal products. Common metals and their alloys; metal building materials; transportable buildings of metal; materials of metal for railway tracks; nonelectric 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.

Class 7: Machinery products. 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.

Class 8: Hand tool products. Hand tools and implements (hand operated); cutlery; side arms; razors.

Class 9: Computer and software products and electrical and scientific products. 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.

Class 10: Medical instrument products. Surgical, medical, dental, and veterinary apparatus and instruments, artificial limbs, eyes, and teeth; orthopedic articles; suture materials.

Class 11: Environmental control instrument products (lighting, heating, cooling, cooking). Apparatus for lighting, heating, steam generating, cooking, refrigerating, drying, ventilating, water supply, and sanitary purposes.

Class 12: Vehicles and products for locomotion by land, air, or water. Vehicles; apparatus for locomotion by land, air, or water.

Class 13: Firearm products. Firearms, ammunition, and projectiles, explosives, fireworks.

Class 14: Jewelry products. Precious metals and their alloys and goods in precious metals or coated therewith, not included in other classes; jewelry and precious stones; horological and chronometric instruments.

Class 15: Musical instrument products. Musical instruments.

Class 16: Paper and printed material products. 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; paintbrushes; 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.

Class 17: Rubber products. 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.

Class 18: Leather products (not including clothing). Leather and imitations of leather, and goods made of these materials and not included in other classes; animal skins, hides; trunks and traveling bags; umbrellas, parasols, and walking sticks; whips, harnesses, and saddlery.

Class 19: Non-metallic building material products. Building materials (non-metallic); nonmetallic rigid pipes for building; asphalt, pitch, and bitumen; nonmetallic transportable buildings; monuments, not of metal.

Class 20: Furniture products. 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.

Class 21: Houseware and glass products. Household or kitchen utensils and containers; combs and sponges; brushes (except paintbrushes); 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.

Class 22: Ropes, cordage, and fiber products. 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.

Class 23: Yarns and threads. Yarns and threads, for textile use.

Class 24: Fabrics and textile products. Textiles and textile goods not included in other classes; beds and table covers.

Class 25: Clothing and apparel products. Clothing, footwear, headgear.

Class 26: Lace, ribbons, embroidery, and fancy goods. Lace and embroidery, ribbons and braid; buttons, hooks, eyes, pins, and needles; artificial flowers.

Class 27: Floor covering products. Carpets, rugs, mats and matting, linoleum, and other materials for covering existing floors; wall hangings (non-textile).

Class 28: Toys and sporting goods products. Games and playthings; gymnastic and sporting articles not included in other classes; decorations for Christmas trees.

Class 29: Meat and processed food products 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.

Class 30: Staple food products. Coffee, tea, cocoa, sugar, rice, tapioca, sago, artificial coffee; flour and preparations made from cereals, bread, pastry, and confectionery; ices; honey and treacle; yeast, baking powder; salt, mustard; vinegar; sauces (condiments); spices; ice.

Class 31: Natural agricultural products. Agricultural, horticultural, forestry products, and grains not included in other classes; live animals; fresh fruits and vegetables; seeds, natural plants, and flowers; foodstuffs for animals; malt.

Class 32: Light beverage products. Beer, mineral and aerated waters, and other nonalcoholic drinks; fruit drinks and fruit juices; syrups and other preparations for making beverages.

Class 33: Wines and spirits (not including beer). Alcoholic beverages (except beer).

Class 34: Smoker's products. Tobacco; smokers' articles; matches.

Service classes

Class 35: Advertising, business, and retail services. Advertising; business management; business administration; office functions.

Class 36: Insurance and financial services. Insurance; financial affairs; monetary affairs; real estate affairs.

Class 37: Construction and repair services. Building construction; repair; installation services.

Class 38: Communication services. Services that allow people to communicate with one another by a sensory means.

Class 39: Transportation and storage services. Transport; packaging and storage of goods; travel arrangement.

Class 40: Treatment and processing of materials services. Treatment of materials.

Class 41: Education and entertainment services. Education; providing of training; entertainment; sporting and cultural activities.

Class 42: Computer and software services and scientific services. Scientific and technological services and research and design relating thereto; industrial analysis and research services; design and development of computer hardware and software.

Class 43: Restaurant and hotel services. Services for providing food and drink; temporary accommodations.

Class 44: Medical, beauty services, and agricultural services. Medical services; veterinary services; hygienic and beauty care for human beings or animals; agriculture, horticulture, and forestry services.

Class 45: Personal, legal, and social services. 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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