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Trademark – Different Classes Of Trademark In Nigeria


At ReDahlia Workspaces, part of the services we offer is helping brands structure their businesses. One of the first steps in structuring a business is getting registered at Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC). We also encourage business owners to trademark their names.

Contact us on WhatsApp- 08188122223 or 08038874148 or contact@redahlia.com to help register your business and trademark your brand.

Oftentimes, we get asked, “what is Trademark and is it necessary in Nigeria.” How do I know the class to register my trademark?

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Trademark simply means protecting your brand against theft. It is difficult to build a brand in Nigeria; it demands years of hard work, consistency, commitment and money. In other words, it costs a fortune to build a brand. Imagine how heartbreaking it is for someone to steal the brand and make quick bucks off your labour. If your brand is trademarked, you can sue someone for using your brand name.

For instance, a brand like Coca-Cola continuously invests in creating awareness for their brand. To protect their brand against any form of theft, Coca-Cola trademarked their brand in the different classes of trademark in all the countries they have operations in.

As a small business, you may not have Coca-Cola money, so it is advised that you find a class that is suited for your business and trademark your brand in it.

We help you make the trademark process seamless at ReDahlia Workspaces located at 43B Emina Crescent off Toyin Street, Ikeja, Lagos. You can find testimonies of business registration and trademark registration we have done here.

Here are the classes of Trademark in Nigeria.

Goods and services classifications

Nigerian Trademark applications must include a list of all goods and services which you want to use your mark for. You must list the goods and services in the class or classes they fall in. Goods are in classes 1 to 34, and services are 35 to 45.

This list is not exhaustive, it is designed to give you a general idea only. Please note, if your application to register the mark is for the wrong class it may not be possible to change at a later date.


Class 1

Chemicals used in industry, science and photography, as well as in agriculture, horticulture and forestry; unprocessed artificial resins, unprocessed plastics; manures; fire extinguishing compositions; tempering and soldering preparations; chemical substances for preserving foodstuffs; tanning substances; adhesives used in industry. Includes chemicals for the making of product belonging to other classes. Does not include fungicides, herbicides, insecticides or preparations for destroying vermin which are in class 5.

Class 2

Paints, varnishes, lacquers; preservatives against rust and against deterioration of wood; colorants; mordants; raw natural resins; metals in foil and powder form for painters, decorators, printers and artist. Does not include paint boxes for children which are in class 16 or insulating paints and varnishes which are in Class 17.

Class 3

Bleaching preparations and other substances for laundry use; cleaning, polishing, scouring and abrasive preparations; soaps; perfumery, essential oils, cosmetics, hair lotions; dentifrices. Includes deodorants for personal use. Does not include air deodorising preparations which are in Class 5 or scented candles which are in Class 4.

Class 4

Industrial oils and greases; lubricants; dust absorbing, wetting and binding compositions; fuels (including motor spirit) and illuminants; candles and wicks for lighting. Includes combustible fuels and scented candles. Does not include fuel for nuclear reactors or electricity which are both in Class 1.

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Class 5

Pharmaceutical and veterinary preparations; sanitary preparations for medical purposes; dietetic substances adapted for medical use, food for babies; plasters, materials for dressings; material for stopping teeth, dental wax; disinfectants; preparations for destroying vermin; fungicides, herbicides. Includes foods and beverages which are adapted for medical purposes. Does not include supportive bandages which are in Class 10.

Class 6

Common metals and their alloys; metal building materials; transportable buildings of metal; materials of metal for railway tracks; non-electric cables and wires of common metal; ironmongery, small items of metal hardwares; pipes and tubes of metal; safes; goods of common metal not included in other classes; ores. Includes unwrought and partly wrought common metals as well as simple products made of them; metallic windows and doors and also metallic framed conservatories.

Class 7

Machines and machine tools; motors and engines (except for land vehicles); machine coupling and transmission components (except for land vehicles); agricultural implements other than hand operated; incubators for eggs. includes part of engines and motors; some parts for vehicles, (e.g. exhausts for vehicles); vacuum cleaners. Does not include engines or motors for land vehicles which are in Class 12 or specialist machines (e.g. weighing machines are in Class 9).

Class 8

Hand tools and implements (hand operated); cutlery; side arms; razors. Includes electric razors and hair cutter; cutlery made of precious metal. Does not include surgical cutlery which is in Class 10 or hand held and electrically powered tools, (e.g. electric drills are in Class 7).

Class 9

Scientific, nautical, surveying, photographic, cinematographic, optical, weighing, measuring, signalling, checking (supervision), life-saving and teaching apparatus and instruments; apparatus and instruments for conducting, switching, transforming, accumulating, regulating or controlling electricity; apparatus for recording, transmission or reproduction of sound or images; magnetic data carriers, recording discs; automatic vending machines and mechanisms for coin operated apparatus; cash registers; calculating machines, data processing equipment and computers; fire extinguishing apparatus. Includes computer hardware and firmware; computer software (including software downloadable from the Internet); compact discs; digital music (downloadable from the internet); telecommunications apparatus; computer games equipment adapted for use with TV receivers; mouse mats; mobile phone accessories; contact lenses, spectacles and sunglasses; clothing for protection against accident, irradiation or fire. Does not include printed computer manuals which are in Class 28, various electrical items (e.g. electric screwdrivers are in Class 7 and electric toothbrushes are in Class 21).

Class 10

Surgical, medical, dental and veterinary apparatus and instruments, artificial limbs, eyes and teeth; orthopaedic articles; suture materials. Includes electromedical or surgical apparatus; massage apparatus. Does not include contact lenses, spectacles or sunglasses which are in Class 9 or wheelchairs which are in class 12.

Class 11

Apparatus for lighting, heating, steam generating, cooking, refrigerating, drying, ventilating, water supply and sanitary purposes. Includes air conditioning apparatus; electric kettles; gas and electric cookers; vehicle lights.

Class 12

Vehicles; apparatus for locomotion by land, air or water. Includes motors and engines for land vehicles and certain other parts and fittings, (e.g. vehicle body parts and transmissions). Does not include certain parts or fittings for vehicles, (e.g. exhausts and starters are in Class 7, lights and air conditioning units are in Class 11) or children’s toy bicycles which are in Class 28.

Class 13

Firearms; ammunition and projectiles, explosives; fireworks. Does not include apparatus for use in playing paint ball combat games which are in Class 28.

Class 14

Precious metals and their alloys and goods in precious metals or coated therewith, not included in other classes; jewellery, precious stones; horological and chronometric instruments. Includes clocks and watches; costume jewellery. Does not include certain precious metal items, (e.g. cutlery is in Class 8, pens are in Class 16).

Class 15

Musical instruments. Includes stands and cases adapted for musical instruments.

Class 16

Paper, cardboard and goods made from these materials, not included in other classes; printed matter; book binding material; photographs; stationery; adhesives for stationery or household purposes; artists’ materials; paint brushes; typewriters and office requisites (except furniture); instructional and teaching material (except apparatus); plastic materials for packaging (not included in other classes); printers’ type; printing blocks. Includes disposable nappies of paper for babies; printed publications. Does not include adhesives for industrial purposes which are in Class 1, electronic publications (downloadable) which are in Class 9, providing electronic publications (not downloadable) which are in Class 41 or wallpaper which is in Class 27.

Class 17

Rubber, gutta-percha, gum, asbestos, mica and goods made from these materials and not included in other classes; plastics in extruded form for use in manufacture; packing, stopping and insulating materials; flexible pipes, not of metal. Includes semi-finished plastics material for use in further manufacture. Does not include unprocessed plastics in the form of liquids, chips, granules etc which are in Class 1.

Class 18

Leather and imitations of leather, and goods made of these materials and not included in other classes; animal skins, hides; trunks and travelling bags; umbrella, parasols and walking sticks; whips, harness and saddlery. Includes handbags, rucksacks, purses; clothing for animals. Does not include leather clothing which is in Class 9 (for protection against injury) or in Class 25 (ordinary apparel); certain specialist leather articles, (e.g. cheque book holders are in Class 16).

Class 19

Building materials (non-metallic); non-metallic rigid pipes for building; asphalt, pitch and bitumen; non-metallic transportable buildings; monuments, not of metal. Includes non-metallic framed conservatories, doors and windows.

Class 20

Furniture, mirrors, picture frames; goods (not included in other classes) of wood, cork, reed, cane, wicker, horn, bone ivory, whalebone, shell, amber, mother-of-pearl, meerschaum and substitutes for all these materials, or of plastics. Includes both metallic and non-metallic furniture including garden furniture; pillows and cushions. Does not include duvets or covers for pillows, cushions or duvets which are in Class 24, furniture adapted for medical use which is in Class 10 or furniture adapted for laboratory use which is in Class 9.

Class 21

Household or kitchen utensils and containers (not of precious metal or coated therewith); combs and sponges; brushes (except paint brushes); brush-making materials; articles for cleaning purposes; steel wool; unworked or semi-worked glass (except glass used in building); glassware, porcelain and earthenware not included in other classes. Includes both electric and non-electric toothbrushes. Does not include electric kitchen appliances, (e.g. electric food processors are in Class 7, electric kettles are in Class 11) or kitchen and table cutlery which is in Class 8.

Class 22

Ropes, string, nets, tents, awnings, tarpaulins, sails sacks and bags (not included in other classes); padding and stuffing materials (except of rubber or plastics); raw fibrous textile materials. includes bags and sacks for transporting bulk materials.

Class 23

Yarns and threads, for textile use.

Class 24

Textiles and textile goods, not included in other classes; bed and table covers. Includes textile piece goods; textiles for making articles of clothing. Does not include table linen of paper which is in Class 16 or electric blankets (not for medical use) which are in Class 11.

Class 25

Clothing, footwear, headgear. Does not include clothing for the prevention of accident and injury which is in Class 9, surgeons’ clothing which is in Class 10 or clothing for animals which is in Class 18.

Class 26

Lace and embroidery, ribbons and braid; buttons, hooks and eyes, pins and needles; artificial flowers. Includes dressmakers’ articles; badges for wear (other than precious metal badges).

Class 27

Carpets, rugs, mats and matting, linoleum and other materials for covering existing floors; wall hangings (non-textile). Includes wallpaper. Does not include mouse mats which are in Class 9, mats specifically shaped/adapted for vehicles which are in Class 12 or travellers’ rugs which are in Class 24.

Class 28

Games and playthings; gymnastic and sporting articles not included in other classes; decorations for Christmas trees. Includes hand-held computer games equipment which is self contained (not adapted for use with TV receivers). Does not include computer games equipment adapted for use with TV receivers or software for all types of electronic games which are in Class 9.

Class 29

Meat, fish, poultry and game; meat extracts; preserved, dried and cooked fruits and vegetables; jellies, jams, fruit sauces; eggs, milk and milk products; edible oils and fats. Includes prepared meals and snacks whose main ingredients are proper to this class, (e.g. soups and potato crisps). Does not include sandwiches which are in Class 30 or foodstuffs for animals which are in Class 31.

Class 30

Coffee, tea, cocoa, sugar, rice, tapioca, sago, artificial coffee; flour and preparations made from cereals, bread, pastry and confectionery, ices; honey, treacle; yeast, baking-powder; salt, mustard; vinegar, sauces (condiments); spices; ice. Includes prepared meals and snacks whose main ingredients are proper to this class, (e.g. pizzas, pies and pasta dishes). Does not include foodstuffs for animals which are in Class 31.

Class 31

Agricultural, horticultural and forestry products and grains not included in other classes; live animals; fresh fruits and vegetables, seeds, natural plants and flowers; foodstuffs for animals; malt. Includes all food and beverages for animals.

Class 32

Beers; mineral and aerated waters and other non-alcoholic drinks; fruits drinks and fruit juices; syrups and other preparations for making beverages. Includes shandy, de-alcoholised drinks, non-alcoholic beers and wines. Does not include tea, coffee or chocolate based beverages which are in Class 30.

Class 33

Alcoholic beverages (except beers). Includes wines, spirits and liqueurs; alcopops. Does not include beers which are in Class 32.

Class 34

Tobacco; smokers’ articles; matches. Includes lighters for smokers. Services

Class 35

Advertising; business management; business administration; office functions. Includes the organisation, operation and supervision of loyalty and incentive schemes; advertising services provided via the Internet; production of television and ration advertisements; accountancy; auctioneering; trade fairs; opinion polling; data processing; provision of business information; certain specific services provided by retailers. Does not include computer programming which is in Class 42 or raising finance for business which is in Class 36.

Class 36

Insurance; financial affairs; monetary affairs; real estate affairs. Includes building society services; banking (including home banking); stockbroking; financial services provided via the Internet; issuing of tokens of value in relation to bonus and loyalty schemes; provision of financial information. Does not include accountancy which is in Class 35, lottery services which are in Class 41 or surveying and conveyancing services which are in Class 42.

Class 37

Building construction; repair; installation services. Includes installation, maintenance and repair of computer hardware; painting and decorating. Does not include installation, maintenance and repair of computer software which is in Class 42.

Class 38

Telecommunications. Includes all telecommunications services, (e.g. e-mail services and those provided for the internet); providing user access to the Internet (service providers); operating of search engines. Does not include creating, maintaining or hosting web sites which are in Class 42.

Class 39

Transport; packaging and storage of goods; travel arrangement. Includes distribution of electricity; travel information. Does not include travel insurance which is in Class 36 or booking holiday accommodation which is in Class 43.

Class 40

Treatment of materials. Includes the development, duplicating and printing of photographs; generation of electricity.

Class 41

Education; providing of training; entertainment; sporting and cultural activities. Includes electronic games services provided by means of the Internet; the provision of on-line electronic publications and digital music (not downloadable) from the Internet. Does not include downloadable on-line electronic publications or digital music which are in Class 9 or educational materials in printed form which are in Class 16.

Class 42

Scientific and technological services and research and design relating thereto; industrial analysis and research services; design and development of computer hardware and software; legal services. Includes installation, maintenance and repair of computer software; computer consultancy services; the following Internet related services are also proper to this class: design, drawing and commissioned writing for the compilation of web sites; creating, maintaining and hosting the websites of others; compilation, creation and maintenance of a register of domain names; leasing of access time to a computer database (the last item reflects the leasing of access time to a computer database on a dedicated line and not access provided by Internet Service Providers to databases in general which is in Class 38). Does not include providing access to the Internet or portal services which are in Class 38.

Class 43

Services for providing food and drink; temporary accommodation. Includes restaurant, bar and catering services; provision of holiday accommodation; booking/reservation services for restaurants and holiday accommodation. Does not include provision of permanent accommodation which is in Class 36 or the arranging of travel by tourist agencies which is in Class 39.

Class 44

Medical services; veterinary services; hygienic and beauty care for human beings or animals; agriculture, horticulture and forestry services. Includes dentistry services; medical analysis for the diagnosis and treatment of persons (such as X-ray examinations and taking of blood samples); pharmacy advice; garden design services. Does not include scientific research for medical purposes (such as research into cures for terminal diseases which is in Class 42), ambulance transportation which is in Class 39, health clubs for physical exercise which are in Class 41 or retirement homes which are in Class 43.

Class 45

Personal and social services rendered by others to meet the needs of individuals; security services for the protection of property and individuals. Includes dating services; funeral services and undertaking services; fire-fighting services; detective agency services. Does not include beauty care services for human beings or animals which are in Class 44 or educational services which are in Class 41.

Trademark is very important as a business owner. We hope that you will find the right class of trademark and trademark your brand so, it is protected against theft.

Contact us on WhatsApp- 08188122223 or 08038874148 or contact@redahlia.com to help register your business and trademark your brand.

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2 thoughts on “Trademark – Different Classes Of Trademark In Nigeria”

  1. How do i register for trademark. There’s no mobile number here for easy communication. I need a proper detailed of your office location. Thanks

    1. Hello Edidiong,

      Thank you for reaching out to us. You can always reach out to us on WhatsApp- 08038874148. And our office is located at 43B Emina Crescent off Toyin Street, Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria.

      We have a program that will prepare you to launch your business with expert guidance. Learn all about it here – https://www.entrepreneurs.ng/start-your-business-in-30-days/

      Please look at all the different ways we can work with you and increase your success here: https://entrepreneurs.ng/services/

      And reach out to us on WhatsApp- 08038874148.

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