Understanding trademark classification - Class 19 of the trademark manual 

Trademark Class 19 is one of 45 NICE classifications used to identify and classify products and/or services.

Class 19 for trademarks a brief description: 

Non-metal building materials form the majority of Trademark Class 19.

Pipes, stones, wooden materials, structures, structure components, signs, glass, pavement materials, and a few more objects are among the goods included. It is critical to remember that the majority of these materials do not contain metal.

Even if your product appears in one of the examples below, it may fall into a different category if it contains metal in any form.

Trademark Class 19 class header: 

Materials, not of metal, for building and construction; rigid pipes, not of metal, for building; asphalt, pitch, tar, and bitumen; transportable buildings, not of metal; monuments, not of metal.

Goods in Class 19 for trademark protection:

To be a bit more specific, Class 19 covers all non-metal forms of:

  • Pipes: This category includes a variety of non-metallic rigid pipes used in construction. Drainage pipes, gutter pipes, and penstock pipes are a few examples.

  • Pavement Materials: This category includes a variety of materials used to pave roads. Asphalt, coal tar, paving blocks, slabs, road marking sheets, and pitch are all common examples.

  • Wooden Materials: As you can see from the examples above, most types of structural wood also fall into this category. Class 19 includes plywood, timber, lumber, and other semi-worked woods.

    Stone Materials: Stone for buildings such as granite, quartz, slate, gravel, and more all fall in this class.

  • Glass Materials: This category includes most types of glass used in construction. There is also alabaster glass, enameled glass, safety glass, and stained-glass windows.

  • Structures and Structure Components: This category includes a wide range of pre-made structures, as long as they are not made of metal. This category includes aquariums, pre-fabricated houses, windows, staircases, folding doors, and other items.

  • Building stone: rocks usable in construction such as igneous, metamorphic, or sedimentary.

Further goods in Class 19 for trademark protection 

Trademark Class 19 covers a diverse range of products that you might not expect. This category includes most types of potter’s clay, floating docks, bricks, mosaics for buildings, tanks of masonry, stone monuments, busts, figurines, rock crystal, swimming pools, tombs, and aquarium sand. Signs are another common item found in Class 19. However, these signs must be non-luminous, non-mechanical, and non-metallic. As a result, this category includes various types of wooden road signs and advertising columns.

Coordinated Classes for Trademark Class 19

When a particular good or service falls under more than one Trademark Classification, the applicant must apply in each of the trademark classes in which such service or good falls. These additional Trademark classes or classifications are also known as Coordinated Classes.

Further, the Coordinated Classes for Trademark Class 19 are as follows:

  1. Paints under the Trademark Class 2

  2. Common Metals under the Trademark Class 6

  3. Machines and Parts under the Trademark Class 7

  4. Appliances under the Trademark Class 11

  5. Rubber Products under the Trademark Class 17

  6. Advertising and Business Services under the Trademark Class 35

  7. Construction and Repair Services under the Trademark Class 37

  8. Medical Treatment Services under the Trademark Class 40

  9. Science and Technology Services under the Trademark Class 42

Trademark Class 19 and the Metaverse:

In the Metaverse, protectable intellectual property assets range from copyrighted information to various trademarks, such as logos, brands, slogans, and trade dress in the form of packaging and design, and maybe even design patent protection for unique combinations. The number of trademark applications filed with the United States Trademark and Patent Office (USPTO) to protect products and/or services in the virtual domain has increased significantly. These mostly comprise applications involving non-fungible tokens (NFTs) and virtual products and services available in what is now known as "the metaverse." The Metaverse is slowly ruling the world, and it won't be long until we witness millions of international trademarks racing to register in the Metaverse in all the classes available.

Understanding the main elements of Class 19: 

The European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) and national offices of the European Union, with the collaboration of WIPO, have developed the hierarchy. Although based on the Nice Classification, it does not form part of the classification. The hierarchy does not have any legal effect on trademark examination or the comparison of goods and services. This is without prejudice to the possibility of using the hierarchy as an administrative tool in the specification of goods and services on a voluntary basis.

Class 19 in Nice classification is divided into the subsections below:

Trademark Class 19 - Subsection - 1 -

   Building and construction materials and elements, not of metal

  • Railway materials, non-metallic

  • Rigid pipes and valves, therefore, non-metallic

Trademark Class 19 - Subsection - 2 -

  • Doors, gates, windows, and window coverings, are not of metal

Trademark Class 19 - Subsection - 3 -

  • Structures and transportable buildings, not of metal

  • Signs, information and advertising displays, non-metallic scaffolding, non-metallic

Trademark Class 19 - Subsection - 4 -

  • Unprocessed and semi-processed materials included in the class, not specified for use

  • Pitch, tar, bitumen, and asphalt

  • Stone, rock, clay, and minerals

  • Wood and artificial wood

Trademark Class 19 - Subsection - 5 -

  • Statues and works of Art made of materials such as stone, concrete, and marble

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