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International Classes 1-5

Class 1 is for chemicals.

This includes chemicals for use in industry, science, photography, agriculture, horticulture, and forestry. Unprocessed plastics, fire-extinguishing compositions, adhesives, putties, and fertilizers are also part of Class 1. Other examples found in class 1 are antifreeze, arsenic, brake fluid, chlorine, dry ice which is also known as carbon dioxide, and uranium. Class 1 applies to salt for preserving things other than for food; some food additives including preservatives; and vitamins, preservatives and antioxidants for the manufacture of cosmetics and pharmaceuticals. Chemicals in class 1 can be used to make products that belong to other classes. An example of a mark in Class 1 is the Valvoline V for chemical gasoline, machine and motor oil additives; antifreeze; coolants for vehicle engines; brake fluid; power steering fluid; windshield deicer fluid; and transmission fluid to name a few.

Not included in class 1 is salt for preserving food. You’ll find that in class 30.

Class 2 is for paints.

It is also for varnishes, lacquers; preservatives against rust and against deterioration of wood; inks for printing, marking, and engraving; metals in foil and powder form for use in painting, decorating, printing, and art. Some other examples are anti-graffiti coatings, ceramic paints, edible inks, paper for dyeing Easter eggs, paint thinner, whitewash, and wood stains. An example of a mark in Class 2 is Olympic wood stain.

Again, note the nuance. Aluminum foil you might use in your kitchen is found in class 6, foil for hair highlights would be in class 26, and disposable foils for household purposes are in class 21. Also, you’ll find your fencing foils are in class 28. It’s the foil used for art, decorating, or painting that you’ll find in class 2.

Class 3 is for cosmetics and cleaning preparations.

It includes Non-medicated cosmetics and toiletry preparations; perfumes; essential oils; bleaching preparations and other substances for laundry use; cleaning, polishing, scouring and abrasive preparations. Some specific products include deodorants, nail art stickers, and sandpaper. There is also adhesive for fixing false hair, beard dyes, body glitter, incense, lavender oil, and mascara.

An example of a mark in Class 3 is JUST FOR MEN for Cosmetic beard care products, namely, beard wash, beard conditioner, beard balm, and beard oil.

Class 3 does not include deodorants other than for humans and animals or medicated soaps and shampoos, all of which you can find in class 5. Also, emery boards and files are in class 8.

Class 4 is for lubricants and oils.

This includes Industrial oils and greases; wax; lubricants; fuels; illuminants; and candles and wicks for lighting. Other examples include raw wax, industrial energy, motor fuel, wood used for fuel, beeswax, kerosene, and wax for skis. An example of a mark in class 4 is BP for fuel for motor vehicles, namely, gasoline and diesel fuel; and motor oils.

However, you will find massage candles for cosmetic purposes in class 3 and medicated massage candles in class 5. Wicks for oil stoves are in class 11 and wicks for cigarette lighters are in class 34.

Class 5 is for pharmaceuticals.

This includes Pharmaceuticals for medical and veterinary preparations; dietetic food and substances; food for babies; dietary supplements; dental wax; and disinfectants; and medicated shampoos and soaps. Other examples include acne treatment, analgesics, chloroform, laxatives, rat poison, steroids, and vaccines.

An example of a mark in class 5 is Pfizer for a full line of medicated and pharmaceutical preparations, both prescription and over-the-counter, for use in connection with humans. Not included in class 5 are orthopedic bandages which can be found in class 10, low-fat potato chips in class 29, and high-protein cereal bars in class 30.

Please note that the information contained in this article is intended for general informational purposes only and not as specific legal advice. The facts of your situation may differ from this general information. It is not intended to and does not in any way establish an attorney-client relationship.

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