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International Classes 16-20



Class 16 is for Paper Goods and Printed Matter.


This includes paper and cardboard as well as certain goods made out of paper and cardboard. It also includes some office supplies. Some examples in class 16 are paper knives, document files, checkbook holders, paperclips, typewriters, pencil sharpeners, paint rollers and trays, disposable paper bibs, paper bags, envelopes, Papier-mâché figures, paintings, watercolors, and tape dispenser office requisites. Other goods in class 16 are address stamps, books, calendars, cigar bands, floor decals (which we’ve seen a lot of these last couple of years), modeling clay, money clips, postage stamps, sealing wax, stamp pads, stationary, and typewriter keys.


An example of a mark in class 16 is HP for Paper; brochures about technological developments in the field of computers and information technology; product operating and service guidelines of others for computers and computer peripherals, just to name a few.


Not included in class 16 are tape dispenser machines. Also, if certain goods made of paper or cardboard are already classified according to their function or purpose, they would not be found in class 16. For example, photographic paper is in class 1, paper plates are in class 21, and cigarette paper is in class 34.


Class 17 is for rubber goods.


This class is for unprocessed and semi-processed rubber, gum, asbestos, plastics, as well as packing materials and non-metal flexible pipes, tubes, and hoses. Some examples of class 17 goods are floating anti-pollution barriers, adhesive tapes that are not for medical or household purposes, anti-dazzle films for windows, foam supports for flower arrangements, and rubber stoppers.


Other class 17 goods are caulking materials, duct tapes, latex, synthetic rubber, rings of rubber, and watering hose. An example of a mark in Class 17 is DUCK BRAND for duct tape.


Just like the previous class we discussed, if certain goods made of rubber are already classified according to their function or purpose, they would not be found in class 17. For example, fire hose is in class 9, insulating glass for buildings is in class 19, rubber erasers are in class 16, and rubber for dental purposes is in class 5.


Class 18 is for leather goods.


Class 18 includes leather and imitation leather, animal skins, luggage bags, umbrellas, walking sticks, whips, pocket wallets, business card cases, and collars and leashes for animals. Other examples of class 18 goods are reusable shopping bags, clothing for pets, handbags, purses, stirrups, and suitcases.


An example of a mark in Class 18 is SAMSONITE for among other things, luggage; all-purpose carrying bags; suitcases; duffle bags; carry-on bags; traveling bags; etc. Class 18 does not include walking sticks or canes for medical purposes, which can be found in class 10; clothing of leather for humans, which is class 25, and golf bags, which are in class 28.


Class 19 is for non-metallic building materials.


Class 19 is for asphalt, tar, non-metal monuments, beams used for building, wood veneers, gravel, non-metal roofing, non-metal gravestones, flagpoles, and transportable swimming pools not of metal. Other examples of goods in class 19 include bricks, non-metal fences, granite, huts, marble, plywood, porches not of metal, potters’ clay, stone, vinyl siding, and wood paneling.


An example of a mark in class 19 is THE HOME DEPOT for Non-metal building materials, namely, lumber, wood, wood paneling, doors, window frames, and concrete mix.

Class 19 does not include fireproofing preparations, which can be found in class 1, letterboxes of metal, which can be found in class 6, birdcages are in class 21, and you can find materials for covering existing floors in class 27.


Class 20 is for furniture and articles not otherwise classified.


This includes furniture, mirrors, picture frames, shells, yellow amber, and parts of furniture. It can also include certain goods made of cork, cane, bone, ivory, mother-of-pearl and substitutes of those materials. Class 20 also includes indoor window blinds, mattresses, pillows, small items of hardware not of metal, armchairs, beehives, coffins, cupboards, desks, footstools, pet cushions, and wardrobes.


An example of a mark in class 20 is PURPLE for Pillows; Bed pillows; Head supporting pillows; and Neck-supporting pillows.


Not included in class 20 is special furniture for medical use, which is in class 10; outdoor blinds of metal, which are in class 6; mirrors used in surgery or dentistry are in class 10; and plastic cups are in class 21.


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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