Brand owners seeking registration for their trademarks in UAE are to go through the list of Nice Classification for goods and services. The Nice Classification of international trademarks is followed by approximately eighty prominent countries, which includes the UAE. Individuals and businesses are to file their trademark registration under the classes in the Nice Classification, which define the nature of their goods and services.
What are the steps for choosing the correct classes for trademarks in UAE?
As per UAE Trademark Law, goods and services must be classified or categorized based on the international classification system for goods and/or services for registration of trademarks. To ensure that you have chosen the correct class/es for your trademark, follow the steps outlined below.
Step 1: Browse the Nice Classification list.
When you check the list of categories from the Nice Classification which we’ll provide you below, identify whether your goods or services fall under a specific category. Goods and products are items that have physical existence. Services are the economic activities that professionals perform for the consumers.
Trademark classes under the Nice Classification for goods range from Class no. 1 up to Class no. 34. For services, they range starting from Class no. 35 up to Class no. 45.
Step 2: Decide whether the applicable trademark class is for the whole company or a product/service.
Choosing the right trademark class for a business in UAE means you are to know whether your trademark will apply to your entire business e.g. your name and company logo; or if the trademark applies only to a specific product or service.
Step 3: Make sure you choose a class based on the finished product/service.
For instance, you are selling knitted sweaters. You must, therefore, choose Class no. 25, which is dedicated to clothing instead of Class no. 23 intended for threads and yarns.
What are the international trademark classes?
The 45 “Nice classes” in which trademark registration applications are classified are as follows:
- Class 1 Chemicals – chemicals that are used in industry, agriculture, forestry and horticulture, science and photography, manures, unprocessed plastics, unprocessed artificial resins, soldering and tempering preparations, and fire extinguishing compositions.
- Class 2 Paints – includes paints, painting materials, lacquers, varnishes, preservatives against rust including deterioration of wood, raw/natural resins, mordants, metals in powder form, and foil for a decorator, artist, or painter.
- Class 3 Cosmetics & Cleaning Preparations – including bleaching preparations, as well as other substances that are for laundry, cleaning, abrasive and scouring preparations, polishing, perfumery, cosmetics, essential oils, and soaps.
- Class 4 Fuels and Lubricants – for industrial oils, lubricants, greases, dust absorbing, binding and wetting compositions, wicks, and candles.
- Class 5 Pharmaceuticals – for pharmaceutical products, dietetic substances that are adapted for health and medical use, plasters, food for babies, and sanitary preparations.
- Class 6 Metal Goods – including common metals and alloys, transportable metal buildings, metal building materials, and metal hardware.
- Class 7 Machinery – includes machinery, motors, engines, and machine tools.
- Class 8 Hand Tools – including all hand tools, cutlery, razors, and sidearms.
- Class 9 Scientific & Electrical Apparatus – nautical, electric, scientific, optical, cinematographic, and measuring apparatus and instruments.
- Class 10 Medical Apparatus – medical, veterinary, dental, and surgical apparatus and instruments.
- Class 11 Environmental Control Apparatus – includes apparatus for heating, lighting, cooking, steam generating, and refrigerating.
- Class 12 Vehicles – all vehicles and apparatus for locomotion either by air, land, or water.
- Class 13 Firearms – explosives, fireworks, ammunition and projectiles, and firearms.
- Class 14 Jewelry – all precious metals and alloys.
- Class 15 Musical Instruments – all musical instruments.
- Class 16 Printed Matter and Paper Goods – cardboard, paper, and goods that are made from the materials.
- Class 17 Rubber Goods – including asbestos, rubber, gum, and gutta-percha.
- Class 18 Leather Goods – all leather goods and leather imitations.
- Class 19 Non-metallic Building Materials – all non-metallic rigid building pipes, building materials, monuments that are non-metallic, and the like.
- Class 20 Furniture and Articles Not Classified – mirrors, furniture, goods of wood, reed, cork, horn, wicker, whalebone, and of plastics.
- Class 21 Glass – kitchen or household utensils and containers.
- Class 22 Cordage and Fibers – string, tents, nets, ropes, awnings, sacks and bags, sails, and raw textile materials that are fibrous.
- Class 23 Yarns & Threads – all yarns and threads that are for textile use.
- Class 24 Fabrics – textile goods and textiles not included in any other class.
- Class 25 Clothing – headgear, footwear, and clothing.
- Class 26 Fancy Goods – ribbons and braid, lace, and embroidery.
- Class 27 Floor Coverings – rugs, carpets, mats, linoleum, matting, and other materials.
- Class 28 Toys & Sporting Goods – including games and playthings.
- Class 29 Meats & Processed Goods – fish, meat, game, and poultry.
- Class 30 Staple Foods – including tea, cocoa, coffee, rice, and sugar.
- Class 31 All-Natural Agricultural Goods/Products – horticultural/agricultural/forestry products.
- Class 32 Light Beverages – mineral waters, aerated waters, and beers.
- Class 33 Wine and Spirits – alcohol beverages.
- Class 34 Smokers’ Articles – matches, smokers’ articles, tobacco
- Class 35 Advertising & Business – business management, advertising, and office functions.
- Class 36 Insurance & Financial – financial affairs and insurance.
- Class 37 Building Construction & Repair – repair and building construction.
- Class 38 Communication Services – the services which allow people to communicate by sensory means.
- Class 39 Transportation & Storage – travel and transport arrangement.
- Class 40 Materials Treatment – treatment of materials.
- Class 41 Education & Entertainment – sporting activities, education, and cultural activities.
- Class 42 Scientific, Legal & Computer – technological and scientific services and research.
- Class 43 Hotels & Restaurants – veterinary services, medical services, beauty care, and hygiene.
- Class 44 Agricultural, Beauty & Medical – medical services and agriculture.
- Class 45 Personal – social and personal services that are rendered by others in meeting the needs of businesses and individuals.