Understanding trademark classification - Class 2 of the trademark manual 

International classification for trademarks - Class 2:  

Trademark Class 2 is one of 45 NICE classifications used to identify and classify products and/or services.

Class 2 for trademarks a brief description: 

When someone asks us about class 2, the first thing we could think about is painting. Paints and colors form the majority of class 2, and we can also include inks for printing, varnishes, lacquers preservatives to protect from rust and deterioration of wood, colorants dyes, inks for printing which are used to print papers, raw natural resins, food and drinks coloring and other products related to decoration printing, and art.

Class 2 for trademarks header: 

Paints, varnishes, lacquers; preservatives against rust and deterioration of wood; colorants, dyes; inks for printing, marking, and engraving; raw natural resins; metals in foil and powder form for use in painting, decorating, printing, and art.

Class 2 trademark application Owners

The top ten applicants who file trademarks on class 2 internationally are;

  1. Auto color

  2. Glasurit

  3. HB Body

  4. Colors 2K

  5. Henkel

  6. Prizma

  7. Sipes

  8. Krylon

  9. Pirlo

  10. Clare

Some of these applicants seem familiar because they are famous. 

Goods Protected by Class 2 for trademarks:

To be more precise, Class 2 covers all of the below:

  • Washes and Paints;

  • Colorants, Inks, and Dyestuffs for clothing;

  • Thinners and Thickeners for Paints, Inks, Dyes, and Coatings;

  • Varnishes and Lacquers for industry, handicrafts, and arts;

  • Raw Natural Resins;

  • Preparations for protection against Corrosion and Rusting;

  • Colorants used in Beverages and Foodstuffs;

  • Mordant, Emulsions, Inks, and Ceramic paints;

  • Preservatives against rust and deterioration of Wood;

  • Metals in powder and foil forms used generally by painters, artists, painters, decorators, etc.

After reading the list of goods, paint boxes crossed my mind immediately, but they are paint related, they do not fall under TM Class 2 but they fall under TM Class 16. In addition, TM Class (2) does not include unprocessed artificial resins, TM Class (1) mainly covers these, semi-processed resins; insulating paints and varnishes are covered under TM Class (17) and laundry bluing, cosmetic dyes are included under TM Class (3).

Class 2 for trademarks does not include:

Trademark common confusion between class 2 and other classes 

When a specific product or service falls under more than one trademark classification, the applicant must apply in each of the trademark classes in which the product or service falls. These extra trademark classes or classifications are referred to as "Coordinated Classes."

  • TM Class 1: Chemicals for use in industry, science, and photography, as well as in agriculture, horticulture, and forestry; unprocessed artificial resins, unprocessed plastics; fire extinguishing and fire prevention compositions; tempering and soldering preparations; substances for tanning animal skins and hides; adhesives for use in industry; putties and other paste fillers; compost, manures, and fertilizers; biological preparations for use in industry and science.

  • TM Class 17: Unprocessed and semi-processed rubber, gutta-percha, gum, asbestos, mica, and substitutes for all these materials; plastics and resins in extruded form for use in manufacture; packing, stopping, and insulating materials; flexible pipes, tubes, and hoses, not of metal.

  • TM Class 3: Non-medicated cosmetics and toiletry preparations; non-medicated dentifrices; perfumery, essential oils; bleaching preparations and other substances for laundry use; cleaning, polishing, scouring, and abrasive preparations

  • TM Cass 16: Paper and cardboard; printed matter; bookbinding material; photographs; stationery and office requisites, except furniture; adhesives for stationery or household purposes; drawing materials and materials for artists; paintbrushes; instructional and teaching materials; plastic sheets, films, and bags for wrapping and packaging; printers' type, printing blocks.

Trademark Class 2 and the Metaverse:

As previously stated, Sipes has transitioned from importing paints from the United States to manufacturing and producing it. Change is normal, as is technological evolution. The Metaverse has proven itself in the world of intellectual property, so who knows, maybe someday soon you'll be painting your virtual friend in the Metaverse or designing a tie-dye shirt for your avatar. Class 2 is broad, and it is related to many things needed in real life. Metaverse is attempting to create a new virtual world that is identical to, and possibly better than, the real world. As a result, we will see a large number of trademarks registered in the Metaverse under class (2).

Understanding the main elements of Class 2: 

Class 2 in Nice classification is divided into the subsections below:

Trademark Class 2 - Subsection 1 – 

Dyes, colorants, pigments, and inks.

Food and beverage colorings

Trademark Class 2 - Subsection 2 – 

Thinners and thickeners for coatings, dyes, and inks

Trademark Class 2 - Subsection 3 – 


Metal in foil and powder form for use in painting, decorating, printing, and art

Paints and washes

Lacquers and varnishes


Trademark Class 2 - Subsection 4 – 

Raw natural resins

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