The NICE classification for a trademark, also known as the International Certification of Goods and Services, divides trademarks into 45 separate groups. Each trademark class denotes a different range of goods and services.
To prevent inconsistencies, it is important to do a trademark search prior to filing a trademark registration application. It is critical to select the correct trademark class, as incorrect categorization might stymie the registration process.
If a business’s operation comprises a variety of items or services that fit under several trademark classes, multiple trademark registrations might be submitted. Furthermore, even if a trademark is registered in one class, another firm can file a trademark application in another class for the identical mark.
As a result, submitting a trademark registration under a single class does not guarantee total exclusivity in the use of the mark. A trademark only grants exclusivity for the use of the mark in relation to the class of goods or services for which it is registered. From over 80,000 products and services, use the trademark class discovery tool to identify the proper trademark class for your goods or service.
Basis of Trademark Classification
Goods Classification by Trademark
A final product is categorised based on its function and purpose. If the product does not appear in any of the classifications, it is compared to the other finished goods included in the list.
Any of the classes that correspond to any of the functionalities of a multifunctional product can be used to identify it. If certain functions are not listed in any class, then additional criteria such as the product’s raw ingredients or mode of operation are used.
The substance that raw materials or semi-worked goods are formed of is used to classify them. When a product is made up of several distinct materials, the most dominant substance is used to arrange it.