Trademark Registration – Classification Guide Class 9 in Japan

I’ve decided to start distributing “apps” on my smart phone. First, I’ve prepared an impactful product name and logo for the “app” I’m distributing, and I’d like to register the trademark to prevent others from copying it.

Well, you remember to designate Class 9 that includes “computer programs”. Class 9 also includes various goods that are related to scientific or research appratus and instruments and audiovisual and IT equipments. Let’s check it out.

Considering the future product development of “apps,” it would be better to designate other products in Class 9 as well. If they are in the same class, the cost is the same, but I wonder if we can also designate computer programs for games in Class 9…?

目次 Index
  1. Class 9 is a classification of scientific or research appratus and audiovisual and IT equipments.
  2. Goods included in Class 9 and Not included in Class 9
    1. List of main goods in Class 9
  3. What should you do if you want to specify such items? (Goods included in Class 9)
  4. Other goods
  5. Services Not included in Class 9
  6. File a trademark application in Japan, designating goods in Class 9!

Class 9 is a classification of scientific or research appratus and audiovisual and IT equipments.

Class 9 mainly includes scientific or research appratus and instruments and audiovisual and IT equipments.

Generally, you may easily understand that this class includes the type of goods that are familiar to us in our daily lives such as mobile phones, tables, televisions, earphones, spectacles, cameras and game programs for home video game machines as well as computer programs.

Goods included in Class 9 and Not included in Class 9

List of main goods in Class 9

The following is a list of the main goods included in Class 9.

You may file a Japanese trademark application designating these goods by Amazing DX.

The above list of main goods included in Class 9 is just an example.

Let’s take a closer look at what other goods are included in Class 9 and what goods are not.

What should you do if you want to specify such items? (Goods included in Class 9)

Goods related to smartphones and applications for smartphones

→When you want to specify such a product in Amazing DX®, please specify the item that includes the product.。

For example, ……

Products you want to includeSelected on Amazing DX®
smartphones tabletspersonal digital assistants
applications for smartphonescomputer programs
cell phoe cases
cell phone straps
telecommunication machines and apparatus
covers for smartphones
cases for smartphones
straps for smartphones
personal digital assistants
mobile phone chargerstelecommunication machines and apparatus
downloadable emoticons for mobile phones
downloadable graphics for mobile phones
downloadable image files recorded video discs and video tapes

Goods related to vide and sound including television

→When you want to specify such a product in Amazing DX®, please specify the item that includes the product.

For example, ……

Products you want to includeSelected on Amazing DX®
televisiontelecommunication machines and apparatus
IC recorders
portable audio players
telecommunication machines and apparatus
DVD players
DVD recorders digital cameras
digital photo frames
videocameras [camcorders]
telecommunication machines and apparatus

Other goods

Products you want to includeSelected on Amazing DX®
eyeglasses
sunglasses
spectacles [eyeglasses and goggles]
contact lensesspectacles [eyeglasses and goggles]
smartglassespersonal digital assistants
home video game software game programs for home video game machines

Services Not included in Class 9

Various services to log in on the web

all included in【Class 42

I see. “Providing computer programs on data networks”, “SaaS” and “PaaS” are included in another class even if they relate to computer programs.

That is correct. You must select a separate class for “providing computer programs on data networks”, “SaaS” and “PaaS”.

Other goods Not included in Class 9

“Home video game machines” and “printed matter (ex:video game strategy bookds)” are not included in Class 9 even if they relate to games.

File a trademark application in Japan, designating goods in Class 9!

Class 9 is a classification of the goods including scientific or research appratus and audiovisual and IT equipments. If you are a software or communication apparatus manufacturer, please consider filing a trademark application specifying Class 9 first.

Amazing DX® allows you to easily select your designated goods and services online.

First, please select as many goods as possible. After the search, it is easy to exclude the goods marked with × and search again.

If you are not sure which goods or services to select, please feel free to contact us via chat. Our attorneys specializing in trademarks will be happy to answer your questions.

Reference: Japan Patent Office, “Examination Guidelines for Similar Goods and Services (corresponding to the Nice Classification, 11th Edition, Version 2022)”

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HARAKENZO WORLD PATENT & TRADEMARK
大阪法務戦略部長 八谷 晃典
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