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Trade Mark Classification

21 May 2019

For trade mark classification purposes, all possible goods and services are sub-divided into the 45 “Classes” listed below. The descriptions give a broad indication as to the types of goods and services covered by each Class.

When a trade mark application is made the applicant must state which of these Classes the mark is either actually being used in, or there is a bona fide intention to use the mark in.

Once the relevant general classes have been identified, a detailed description of the specific goods/services can be prepared. The higher the number of Classes applied for, the greater the scope of protection afforded by registration. However, it should be borne in mind that the cost of applying for the trade mark increases commensurately with each Class since an additional fee per Class is payable. Furthermore, applying for a greater number of Classes may give rise to problems in obtaining registration due to the higher likelihood of encountering earlier conflicting marks.

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