Classification Guide Class 18 in Japan

We are about to launch a new brand using leather processed with our new technology.
First of all, we are planning to make “bags” and “wallets” and so on, but how should we classify them for trademark application?
Then you’d have to designate class 18, which includes leather goods, bags, and wallets!
Class 18 includes many goods related to leather and bags, you know. Let’s check it out.
Fine, then it seems that if it designates class 18, there will be no problem. I think it would be popular to make a cool “laptop case” out of this leather.
Oh, wait a minute! You should be aware that not all leather goods are included in class 18.

Class 18 is a classification for leather goods, bags, pet clothing, etc.

Class 18 mainly includes leather goods (including imitation leather), bags, and umbrellas.

It may be easier to understand if you associate it with goods that are generally used to hold or carry around personal belongings.

Goods included in Class 18 and Goods NOT included in Class 33

List of main goods in Class 18

The main goods included in Class 18 are listed below.
These goods can be designated by Amazing DX.

The above list of “the main goods included in Class 18” is just an example.
Let’s take a closer look at what other goods are included in Class 18 and what goods are not.

What should you do if you want to specify such items? (Goods included in Class 18)

Leather, furs, and goods made from them

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

For example, ……

products you want to includeselected on Amazing DX
fur-skins
moleskin [imitation of leather]
fur

Bags, goods to put something in

products you want to includeselected on Amazing DX
folding briefcases
shoulder bags
gladstone bags
briefcases
suitcases
carry-on bags
tote bags
trunks
handbags
boston bags
schoolchildren’s backpacks
rucksacks
bags
charm bags [Omamori-ire]
card cases [notecases]
shopping bags, including wheeled shopping bags
change purses
key cases
money pouches
wallets
commutation-ticket holders
business card cases
pouches

Goods are worn by pets and animals

Some goods related to pets and animals are included in class 18.

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

For example, ……

products you want to includeselected on Amazing DX
dog shoes
dog collars
clothing for dogs
dog bellybands
clothing for domestic pets
stirrups
horse blankets
riding saddles
saddle cloths for horses
blinkers for horses [blinders for horses]
reins [harness]
bits [harness]
whips
saddlery

Other goods included in Class 18.

products you want to includeselected on Amazing DX
telescopic umbrellas
Japanese oiled-paper umbrellas [Janome-gasa]
rainproof parasols
beach umbrellas [beach parasols]
parasols [sun umbrellas]
umbrellas
umbrella covers
umbrella handles
metal parts of umbrellas
frames for umbrellas
bags for umbrellas
umbrellas and their parts

Goods NOT included in Class 18.

Goods with the same purpose but different use

Specific goods consisting of leather or other materials classified according to function or use

Well…even if it is made of leather, the classification changes depending on the use.

Bag and cases for dedicated products

Other goods NOT included in Class 18.

Oh, and “bags adapted for laptops” aren’t class 18!

File a trademark application, designating goods in Class 18!

Class 18 mainly includes leather goods (including imitation leather) and umbrellas. For those in the fashion, apparel, and pet goods industries, please consider class 18 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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Supervisor for the article:
HARAKENZO WORLD PATENT & TRADEMARK
大阪法務戦略部長 八谷 晃典
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