This article will cover class 20 trademark protections. Trademark class 20 protects furniture and furniture related goods.
As you grow your business you need to protect yourself and your reputation. Registering a trademark with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is a great way to gain some legal protections for your brand. When you register, you will need to figure out which international trademark class fits your good or service. There are 45 classes in all.
What Is a Trademark?
A trademark is a sign, logo, image, phrase, etc. that establishes you as the source of your good or service and sets you apart from your competition.
Think of your trademark as a tool to create your brand.
Registering a Class 20 Trademark
When you file your application with the USPTO, remember that you are looking for legal protection from trademark infringement within the same class. Marks in other classes or industries might be similar to yours, but if there is a low likelihood of confusion, there is a smaller chance of infringement.
What Is a Class 20 Trademark?
Trademark Class 20 covers furniture and related materials. The list of included items is quite extensive, the following is a compilation of examples from the Nice Classification.
Bedding and cushions
Bedding and cushion products include: air pillows, cushions, mattresses, and beds not for medical purposes; non-linen bedding; camping mattresses; hospital beds; beds; hydrostatic beds; water beds; mattresses
Some materials used to make furniture are a part of this class.
Some examples include: ambroid bars and plates; animal claws, horns, and hooves; bamboo and bamboo curtains; coral; corozo; imitation tortoiseshell; un-worked and semi-worked ivory; meerschaum; mother-of-pearl, oyster shells, and tortoiseshell.
First and foremost trademark class 20 covers different kinds of furniture.
Some examples include: armchairs; bed fittings, casters and bases; wooden bedsteads; benches as furniture; work benches; book rests; bookcases; wooden, wax, plastic, and plaster busts; cabinet work; non-metal casks, chaise lounges; chests of drawers; console tables; costume stands; counters; cupboards; curtain related items; desks and drafting tables; footstools; freestanding partitions; metal furniture; gun racks; hat stands; massage tables; mirrors and mirror tiles.
Some outdoor furniture also falls under class 20 including deck chairs, flower pot pedestals, and flower stands.
Furniture for Babies and Children
Furniture designed for infants and children are in this class.
Some examples include: anti-roll cushions, changing mats, bassinets and cradles, bins and chests, bumper guards for cribs and cots, chests for toys, cots and cribs, head support cushions, high chairs, infant walkers, mats for infant playpens, and mobiles.
Much like standard furniture, some kitchenware is also in class 20.
Some examples include: bakers’ bread baskets, bottle racks, non-metal bottle caps and closures, wooden bottle casings, wooden casks for decanting wine, chopping blocks, corks, dinner wagons, and mats for sinks.
Non-metal Storage Equipment
The WIPO lists specifically some non-metal storage equipment.
Examples include: bag hangers, barrels, baskets, wooden and plastic boxes, clothes hooks and hangers, coat hooks and stands, containers for liquid fuel (jerrycans), storage containers, garment covers, hampers, plastic labels, and letterboxes.
Other Storage Items
Other storage items include: filing cabinets, index cabinets, jewelry organizer displays, lockers, medicine cabinets, magazine racks, newspaper display racks
Furniture for animals
Even furniture for your pets and livestock are in trademark class 20.
Examples include: beds for household pets, beehives, birdhouses, comb foundations for beehives, dispensers for dog waste bags, kennels for household pets, fodder racks, honeycombs, and nesting boxes.
Components of Furniture
Some of the parts of your furniture qualify on their own.
Examples include: binding screws for cables, bolsters, bolts, non-metal brackets, cask stands and hoops, barrel hoops, non-metal clips for cables and pipes, plastic clips for sealing bags, non-metal container closures, collars for fastening pipes, doors and their components, dowels, pegs, and pins, feet for furniture, non-metal hinges, non-metal latches, and furniture legs.
Some other items in this class include: brush mountings; coffin fittings; coffins; wooden, wax, plaster, or plastic crucifixes other than jewelry; display boards and stands; drain traps; non-electric fans; wooden, wax, plaster, or plastic figurines; fishing baskets; funerary urns; various hand-held items; non-luminous, non-metal house numbers; non-metal identification bracelets; inflatable furniture and publicity objects; wooden and plastic ladders; lecterns; vehicle locks; non-metal, non-electric locks; and mobile boarding stairs.
Some of the furniture in the workplace will also be in this class. Some examples include: hairdressers’ chairs, loading pallets and gauge rods, and non-metal nameplates.
When you register your class 20 trademark, some related classes include class 19, non-metal building materials; class 6, common metal goods; and class 10, medical supplies. If you are unsure if your class 20 good fits better in one of the related classes or might require an additional registration, contact an attorney for help.
What Does Class 20 Not Include?
The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) notes that trademark class 20 does not include:
- Special furniture for labs or medical use (Cls. 9 and 10)
- Outdoor metal, non-metal, textile, and textile blinds (Cls. 6, 19, and 22)
- Bed linen, eiderdowns, and sleeping bags (Cl. 24)
- Mirrors used in optical goods, dentistry or surgery, rearview mirrors, and sighting mirrors for guns (Cls, 9, 10, 12, and 13
- Some goods made of woods, cork, reed, cane, wicker, horn, bones, ivory, whalebone, shell, amber, mother-of-pearl, meerschaum, plastic, or substitute materials that are classified by their function (Cls. 14, 19, 21, and 27)
Registering a trademark is a great way to protect your business. When you are filing your application, you will need to figure out which international trademark class or classes best suit your business. If you make furniture or any of the related items listed, you should start your research with class 20. If you find you are having a hard time picking the right class, don’t hesitate to contact an attorney to help you with your application.