Trademark Registration – Classification Guide Class 17 in Japan

What is the classification of Class 17?

I want to specify various goods related to rubber.
Where should I start?

First, let’s consider the goods in Class 17.
Most of the goods related to rubber are included in Class 17, but there are some goods that belong to other classes.

So there are cases where a classification other than Class 17 is necessary.
What kind of goods are those?

On this page, we will explain what kinds of goods are included in Class 17.
Before you apply for a trademark in Japan, make sure you know whether your product is included in Class 17 or in another class!

Class 17 is a classification for materials for electrical insulation, heat insulation and soundproofing, rubber, plastics for manufacturing, etc.

Class 17 mainly includes the following goods.

The inclusion of rubber and various rubber products, among other things, is also a feature of Class 17.

Goods included in Class 17 and not included in Class 17.

List of main goods in Class 17

The main goods included in Class 17 are listed below.
These goods can be designated and applied for by Amazing DX®.

The above “main goods included in Class 17” is just one example.
Let’s take a concrete look at what other goods are included in Class 17 and what goods are not.

What should you do if you want to specify such items? (Goods included in Class 17)

Rubber-related goods

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

For example,

Products you want to includeSelected on Amazing DX®
natural rubber
gutta-percha
rubber sheets
liquid solutions
rubber tubes and pipes
rubber bars and rods
reclaimed rubber
synthetic rubber
rubber derivatives
ebonite [vulcanite]
etc.
rubber [raw or semi-worked]
clack valves of rubber
etc.
valves of rubber or vulcanized fiber [not including machine elements]
stops of rubber
rings of rubber
etc.
washers of rubber or vulcanized fiber
shock-absorbing buffers of rubber
bags [envelopes, pouches] of rubber, for packaging
etc.
industrial packaging containers of rubber

Plastics and synthetic resins for manufacturing

→When you want to specify such a good in Amazing DX®, please specify “plastic semi-worked products“.

For example,

Goods related chemical fiber

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

For example,

Products you want to includeSelected on Amazing DX®
synthetic fibers, not for textile use
regenerated fibers, not for textile use
plastic fibers, other than for textile use
etc.
chemical fiber, not for textile use
synthetic fiber thread and yarn, not for textile use
regenerated fiber thread and yarn, not for textile use
etc.
chemical fiber yarn and thread, not for textile use

Materials for electrical insulation

→When you want to specify such a product in Amazing DX®, please specify “electrical insulating materials“.
However, for gloves for electrical insulating, please specify “insulating gloves“.

For example,

Products for “electrical insulation” are included in “electrical insulating materials“, even if they are made of rubber.
When you choose a designated goods, you should also pay attention to the use and purpose of the goods.

Adhesive tape NOT for medical, office (stationery), or household use

→When you want to specify such a product in Amazing DX®, please specify “adhesive tapes, other than stationery and not for medical or household purposes“.

For example,

Other goods included in Class 17

→When you want to specify such products in Amazing DX®, please consult with our patent attorney in chat.

For example,

Goods NOT included in Class 17

Goods whose raw materials are goods of class 17, but are characterized by functions or uses classified in other classes

For example,

Products you want to includeSelected on Amazing DX®
gum resinsClass 2
rubber for dental purposesClass 5
asbestos screens for firemenClass 9
adhesive rubber patches for repairing inner tubesClass 12
rubber erasersClass 16

For example, Class 5 includes goods related to medical care.
Rubber for dental purposes” is a goods of Class 5, not Class 17, because it is for medical use.

So not only do I need to pay attention to what the product is “made of,” I also need to pay attention to what it’s “for!”

Chemical fiber related for textile use

For example,

Products you want to includeSelected on Amazing DX®
chemical fibers for textile use
plastic fibers for textile use
etc.
Class 22
chemical-fiber threads and yarns for textile use
etc.
Class 23
chemical fiber fabrics
knitted fabrics of chemical-fiber yarn
etc.
Class 24

Other goods NOT included in Class 17

Let’s file a trademark application in Japan, designating goods in Class 17!

Class 17 is a classification for materials for electrical insulation, heat insulation and soundproofing, rubber, plastics for manufacturing, etc.
If you are dealing with these products in Japan, please consider filing a trademark application designating Class 17 first.

Amazing DX® allows you to easily select your designated goods and services online.
First, please select as many goods and services 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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