Trademark Classes in India for Products & Services

trademark classes

There are several examples of two brands using the same name. For example, there’s the brand Taj Tea and a chain of hotels with the same name, isn’t there? Of what use is the trademark registration, then? There are also examples of some very generic trademarks. For example, Facebook owns the trademark to the word Face in several parts of the world. Does the footwear brand North Face have a problem with this? Well, no. This is because all registrations are categorised by class (i.e. the industry you operate within). Therefore, the registration of a term by a tea brand does not limit a hotelier from registering the same name under a different class (run a trademark search to find out if yours has been taken in any segment). Similarly, Facebook only owns the rights to ‘face’ within telecommunications, which means only that you can’t start another social network or messaging app with ‘face’ in the name. While large brands do often register their name in each of the 45 classes that follow, smaller brands do so only in sectors they are already in or have plans to enter.


Class 01: Chemicals
Class 02: Paints, Coatings & Pigments
Class 03: Cleaning Products, Bleaching & Abrasives, Cosmetics
Class 04: Fuels, Industrial Oils and Greases, Illuminates
Class 05: Pharmaceutical, Veterinary Products, Dietetic
Class 06: Metals, metal castings, Locks, Safes, Hardware
Class 07: Machines and Machine Tools, Parts
Class 08: Hand Tools and implements, Cutlery
Class 09: Computers, Software, Electronic instruments, & Scientific appliances
Class 10: Medical, Dental Instruments and Apparatus
Class 11: Appliances, Lighting, Heating, Sanitary Installations
Class 12: Vehicles
Class 13: Firearms, Explosives and Projectiles
Class 14: Precious Metal ware, Jewellery
Class 15: Musical Instruments and supplies
Class 16: Paper, Items made of Paper, Stationary items
Class 17: Rubber, Asbestos, Plastic Items
Class 18: Leather and Substitute Goods
Class 19: Construction Materials (building – non metallic)
Class 20: Furniture, Mirrors
Class 21: Crockery, Containers, Utensils, Brushes, Cleaning Implements
Class 22: Cordage, Ropes, Nets, Awnings, Sacks, Padding
Class 23: Yarns, Threads
Class 24: Fabrics, Blankets, Covers, Textile
Class 25: Clothing, Footwear and Headgear
Class 26: Sewing Notions, Fancy Goods, Lace and Embroidery
Class 27: Carpets, Linoleum, Wall and Floor Coverings (non textile)
Class 28: Games, Toys, Sports Equipment
Class 29: Foods – Dairy, Meat, Fish, Processed & Preserved Foods
Class 30: Foods – Spices, Bakery Goods, Ice, Confectionery
Class 31: Fresh Fruit & Vegetables, Live Animals
Class 32: Beer, Ales, Soft Drinks, Carbonated Waters
Class 33: Wines, Spirits, Liqueurs
Class 34: Tobacco, Smokers Requisites & Matches


Class 35: Advertising, Business Consulting
Class 36: Insurance, Financial
Class 37: Construction, Repair, Cleaning
Class 38: Communications
Class 39: Transport, Utilities, Storage & Warehousing
Class 40: Materials Treatment, Working
Class 41: Education, Amusement, Entertainment, Reproduction
Class 42: Scientific and technological services and research and design relating thereto
Class 43: Services for providing food and drink; temporary accommodations
Class 44: Medical services; veterinary services; hygienic and beauty care for human beings or animals
Class 45: Personal and social services rendered by others to meet the needs of individuals

Priya holds a masters in accounting and is well-versed with compliance and legal issues a small business may face.