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All About Trademark Class 16

All About Trademark Class 16

Trademark Class 16 encompasses a diverse range of paper, cardboard, and printed matter products and services, including items like stationery, books, packaging materials, art supplies, and instructional materials. It also includes printed clothing labels, playing cards, and even musical greeting cards. Registering a trademark in Class 16 is crucial for businesses involved in the production, distribution, or sale of these goods and services, as it offers legal protection for their brand identity and helps prevent others from using similar marks on related products. However, it is important to ensure that trademarks are registered in the correct class, as classification can vary between countries and regions, requiring consultation with local trademark authorities or legal professionals.

Important goods included in Trademark Class 16

Trademark class 16 mainly includes paper, cardboard and certain goods made of those materials, as well as office requisites. The goods included in this class are as given below-

  • Paper knives & paper cutters
  • Cases, covers and devices for holding or securing paper, for instance, document files, money clips, holders for chequebooks, paper clips, passport holders, scrapbooks
  • Certain office machines, for example, typewriters, duplicators, franking machines for office use, pencil sharpener
  • Painting articles for use by artists and interior & exterior painters, for example, artists’ watercolour saucers, painters’ easels and palettes, paint rollers and trays.
  • Certain disposable paper products, for instance, bibs, handkerchiefs and table linen of paper
  • Certain goods made of paper or cardboard not otherwise classified by function or purpose, for instance, paper bags, envelopes and containers for packaging, statues, figurines and works of art of paper or cardboard, such as figurines of papier mâché, framed or unframed lithographs, paintings & watercolours.

Goods does not included in Trademark Class 16

  • Paints (included in Class 2)
  • Hand tools for artists, for instance, spatulas, and sculptors’ chisels (included in Class 8).
  • Teaching apparatus, for example, audiovisual teaching apparatus, resuscitation mannequins (included in Class 9), and toy models (included in Class 28).
  • Certain goods made of paper or cardboard that are classified according to their function or purpose, for instance, photographic paper (included in Class 1), abrasive paper (included in Class 3), paper blinds (included in Class 20), table cups and plated of paper (included in Class 21), bed linen of paper (included in Class 24), paper clothing (included in Class 25), cigarette paper (included in Class 34).

List of popular examples of Trademark Class 16

  • Navneet: Book and publications of all kinds, stationery
  • ITC Classmates: Stationary, adhesives, artist materials
  • Hindustan Pencils: Pencil, sharpener, stationary, etc.
  • Sellotape: Adhesive tapes
  • JK Paper: Printing paper, writing paper, packing paper, etc.
  • Rabbit Stationery: Books, stationary, adhesives, artists’ materials, etc.
  • Camlin: Stationary products, adhesive and glue, etc.
  • Reynolds: Fountain pens, ballpoint pens, pen refills, ink cartridges, etc.
  • Xerox: Printing paper, copying paper, recycled paper, etc.
  • Kodak: Photographs, printed matter
  • Brother: Ink, ink cartridge, toner, toner cartridge, ribbon cartridges, etc.
  • Canon: Photographs, printed matter
  • Faber-Castell: Accessories for writing, drawings, paintings and modelling. 

List of goods classified under Trademark Class 16


  • Absorbent Sheets of Paper or Plastic for Foodstuff Packaging
  • Address Stamps
  • Address Plates for Addressing Machines
  • Addressing Machines
  • Adhesive Tape Dispensers [Office Requisites]
  • Adhesive Tapes for Stationery or Household Purposes
  • Adhesives [Glues] for Stationery or Household Purposes
  • Advertisement Boards of Paper or Cardboard
  • Albums and scrapbooks
  • Almanacs
  • Animation cels
  • Announcement Cards [Stationery]
  • Apparatus for mounting photographs
  • Aquarelles/Watercolors [Paintings]
  • Architects’ Models
  • Arithmetical Tables/ Calculating Tables
  • Artists’ Watercolor [Watercolour] Saucers 
  • Atlases


  • Baggage claim check tags on paper
  • Bags [envelopes, pouches] of paper or plastic for packaging
  • Baking paper
  • Balls for Ball-Point Pens
  • Bank notes
  • Banners of paper
  • Barcode ribbons
  • Bibs of Paper
  • Bibs, sleeved, of paper
  • Binding Strips [Bookbinding]
  • Biological Samples for Use in Microscopy [Teaching Materials]
  • Blackboards
  • Blotters
  • Blueprints and Plans
  • Bookbinding Material
  • Bookbinding Apparatus and Machines [Office Equipment]
  • Bookbindings
  • Bookends
  • Booklets
  • Bookmarkers/ bookmarks
  • Books
  • Bottle Envelopes of Cardboard or Paper
  • Bottle Wrappers of Cardboard or Paper
  • Boxes of Cardboard or Paper
  • Bunting of paper


  • Calendars
  • Canvas for Painting
  • Carbon Paper
  • Cardboard
  • Cardboard Tubes
  • Cards*/Charts
  • Carrier bags/ shopping bags of paper or plastic
  • Cases for Stamps [Seals]
  • Catalogues
  • Chalk for Lithography
  • Chalk Holders
  • Charcoal Pencils
  • Chart Pointers, Non-Electronic
  • Chromolithographs [Chromos] or Chromos
  • Cigar Bands
  • Clipboards
  • Clips for name badge holders [office requisites]
  • Clips for Offices and Staples for Offices
  • Cloth for Bookbinding/Bookbinding Cloth
  • Coasters of paper
  • Colouring books
  • Colouring pictures
  • Comic Books
  • Compasses for drawing
  • Composing Frames [Printing]
  • Composing Sticks
  • Conical Paper Bags
  • Copying Paper [Stationery]
  • Cords for Bookbinding/Bookbinding Cords
  • Correcting Fluids [Office Requisites]
  • Correcting Ink [Heliography]
  • Correcting Tapes [Office Requisites]
  • Covers [Stationery]/Wrappers [Stationery]
  • Cream Containers of Paper
  • Credit card imprinters, non-electric


  • Dental tray covers of paper
  • Desk Mats
  • Diagrams
  • Document Files [Stationery]
  • Document Laminators for Office Use
  • Document Holders [Stationery]
  • Drawer Liners of Paper, Perfumed or Not
  • Drawing Pads
  • Drawing pins or thumbtacks
  • Drawing Boards
  • Drawing Materials
  • Drawing Instruments
  • Drawing Sets
  • Drawing Pens
  • Drawing Rulers
  • Duplicators


  • Elastic Bands for Offices
  • Electrocardiograph Paper
  • Electrotypes
  • Embroidery Designs [Patterns]
  • Engraving Plates
  • Engravings
  • Envelope Sealing Machines for Offices
  • Envelopes [Stationery]
  • Erasers 
  • Erasing Products
  • Erasing Shields
  • Etching Needles
  • Etchings


  • Fabrics for bookbinding
  • Face Towels of Paper
  • Figurines/ statuettes of Papier Mâché
  • Files [Office Requisites]
  • Filter Paper
  • Filtering Materials of Paper
  • Finger-stalls for Office use
  • Flags of Paper
  • Flip charts
  • Floor decals
  • Flower-pot Covers of Paper or Covers of Paper for Flower Pots
  • Flyers
  • Folders for Papers and Jackets for Papers
  • Forms, Printed
  • Fountain Pens
  • Franking Machines for Office Use and Postage Meters for Office Use
  • French Curves


  • Galley Racks [Printing]
  • Garbage bags of paper or plastic
  • Glitter for stationary purposes 
  • Glue for Stationery or Household Purposes or Pastes for Stationery or Household Purposes
  • Gluten [Glue] for Stationery or Household Purposes
  • Graining Combs
  • Graphic Prints
  • Graphic Reproductions
  • Graphic Representations
  • Greeting Cards
  • Gummed Tape [Stationery]
  • Gummed Cloth for Stationery Purposes
  • Gums [Adhesives] for Stationery or Household Purposes


  • Hand-labeling appliances
  • Hand-rests for Painters
  • Handkerchiefs of Paper
  • Handwriting Specimens for Copying
  • Hat Boxes of Cardboard
  • Hectographs
  • Histological Sections for Teaching Purposes
  • Holders for Stamps [Seals]
  • Holders for Checkbooks [Cheque Books]
  • House Painters’ Rollers
  • Humidity Control Sheets of Paper or Plastic for Foodstuff Packaging


  • Index Cards [Stationery]
  • Indexes
  • Indian Inks
  • Ink
  • Ink Sticks
  • Ink Stones [Ink Reservoirs]
  • Inking Pads
  • Inking Ribbons
  • Inking Sheets for Duplicators
  • Inking Sheets for Document Reproducing Machines
  • Inkstands
  • Inkwells
  • Isinglass for Stationery or Household Purposes


  • Labels of paper or cardboard
  • Loose-leaf Binders/ ring binder
  • Ledgers [Books]
  • Letter Trays
  • Lithographic Works of Art
  • Lithographic Stones
  • Lithographs
  • Luminous paper


  • Magazines [Periodicals]
  • Magnetic boards being office requisites
  • Manifolds [Stationery]
  • Manuals [Handbooks] / Handbooks [Manuals]
  • Marking Chalk
  • Marking Pens [Stationery]
  • Mats of paper for beer glasses
  • Mezuzah cases
  • Mezuzah parchments
  • Mimeograph Apparatus and Machines
  • Modelling Clay
  • Modelling wax, not for dental purposes
  • Modelling Materials
  • Modelling Paste
  • Moisteners [Office Requisites]
  • Moisteners for Gummed Surfaces [Office Requisites]
  • Money Clips
  • Moulds For Modelling Clays [Artists’ Materials] / Molds For Modelling Clays [Artists’ Materials]
  • Musical greeting cards


  • Name badge holders [office requisites]
  • Name badges [office requisites]
  • Newsletters
  • Newspapers
  • Nibs
  • Nibs of Gold
  • Note Books
  • Numbering Apparatus
  • Numbers [Type]


  • Obliterating Stamps
  • Office Perforators
  • Office Requisites, Except Furniture
  • Oleographs
  • Origami folding paper


  • Packaging Material Made of Starches
  • Packing [Cushioning, Stuffing] Materials of Paper or Cardboard
  • Padding materials/ stuffing of paper or cardboard
  • Pads [Stationery]
  • Page Holders
  • Paint Boxes for Use in School
  • Paint Trays
  • Paintbrushes
  • Painters’ Brushes
  • Painters’ Easels
  • Painting [pictures], framed or unframed
  • Palettes for Painters
  • Pamphlets
  • Pantographs [Drawing Instruments]
  • Paper bags for use in the sterilization of medical instruments
  • Paper bows, other than haberdashery or hair decorations
  • Paper
  • Paper creasers [Office Requisites]
  • Paper cutters [Office Requisites]
  • Paper for medical examination tables
  • Paper for Recording Machines
  • Paper Sheets [Stationery]
  • Paper Clasps
  • Paper Tapes and Cards for the Recording of Computer Programs
  • Paper for radiograms
  • Paper Ribbons, other than haberdashery or hair decorations
  • Paper Shredders for Office Use
  • Paper Knives [letter openers]
  • Paper coffee filters
  • Paper wipes for cleaning
  • Paper-clips
  • Paper for painting and calligraphy 
  • Paperweights
  • Papier Mâché
  • Parchment Paper
  • Passport Holders
  • Pastels [Crayons]
  • Pen Clips
  • Pen Cases or Boxes for Pens
  • Pen Wipers
  • Pencil Sharpening Machines, Electric or Non-Electric
  • Pencil Leads
  • Pencil Holders
  • Pencil lead holders
  • Pencil sharpeners, electric or non-electric
  • Pencils
  • Penholders
  • Pens [Office Requisites]
  • Pens [writing implements] incorporating tips for operating touchscreen devices
  • Perforated Cards for Jacquard Looms
  • Periodicals
  • Photo-engravings
  • Photographs [Printed]
  • Pictures
  • Placards of paper or cardboard
  • Place mats of paper
  • Plantable seed paper [stationary]
  • Plastic bags for pet waste disposal
  • Plastic Film for Wrapping
  • Plastic Bubble Packs/ plastic blister packs for Packaging
  • Plastic bubble film for wrapping
  • Plastic Cling Film, Extensible, for Palletization
  • Plastics for modelling
  • Polymer modeling clay
  • Portraits
  • Postage Stamps
  • Postcards
  • Posters
  • Printed coupons
  • Printed geographical maps
  • Printed Timetables
  • Printed Matter
  • Printed Publications
  • Printed sheet music
  • Printers’ Blankets, Not Of Textile
  • Printers’ Reglets
  • Printing Blocks
  • Printing Type
  • Printing Sets, Portable [Office Requisites]
  • Prints [Engravings]
  • Prospectuses
  • Protective covers for books
  • Punches [Office Requisites]


  • Retractable reels for name badge holders [Office Requisites]
  • Rice paper
  • Rollers for typewriters


  • School Supplies [Stationery]
  • Scrapers [Erasers] for Offices
  • Sealing Stamps
  • Sealing Wax
  • Sealing Machines for Offices
  • Sealing Compounds for Stationery Purposes
  • Sealing Wafers
  • Seals [Stamps]
  • Seaweed-based film for wrapping
  • Self-adhesive Tapes for Stationery or Household Purposes
  • Sewing Patterns
  • Sheets of Reclaimed Cellulose for Wrapping
  • Shields [paper seals]
  • Signboards of Paper or Cardboard
  • Slate Pencils
  • Song Books
  • Souvenir banknotes
  • Spools for Inking Ribbons
  • Spray chalk
  • Square Rulers for drawing
  • Squares for drawing
  • Stamp Pads
  • Stamp Stands
  • Stamps [Seals]
  • Stands for Pens and Pencils
  • Stapling Presses [Office Requisites]
  • Starch Paste [Adhesive] for Stationery or Household Purposes
  • Stationery
  • Steatite [Tailor’s Chalk]
  • Steel Letters
  • Steel Pens
  • Stencil Cases
  • Stencil Plates
  • Stencils [Stationery]
  • Stencils
  • Stickers [Stationery]


  • T-squares for drawing
  • Table Linen of Paper
  • Table Napkins of Paper
  • Table runners of paper
  • Tablecloths of Paper
  • Tablemats of Paper
  • Tags for Index Cards
  • Tailors’ Chalk
  • Teaching Materials (Except Apparatus)
  • Terrestrial Globes
  • Tickets
  • Tissues of Paper for Removing Makeup
  • Toilet Paper or Hygienic Paper
  • Towels of Paper
  • Tracing Patterns
  • Tracing Paper
  • Tracing Cloth
  • Tracing Needles for Drawing Purposes
  • Trading Cards Other Than For Games
  • Transfers [Decalcomanias] / Decalcomanias
  • Transparencies [Stationery]
  • Trays for Sorting and Counting Money
  • Type [Numerals and Letters] / Letters [Type]
  • Typewriter Ribbons
  • Typewriter Keys
  • Typewriters, electric or non-electric


  • Vignetting Apparatus
  • Viscose Sheets for Wrapping


  • Washi 
  • Waxed Paper
  • Wood Pulp Board [Stationery]
  • Wood Pulp Paper
  • Wrapping paper or packing paper
  • Wristbands for the Retention of Writing Instruments
  • Writing Slates
  • Writing or drawing books
  • Writing Chalk
  • Writing Materials
  • Writing Paper
  • Writing Cases [Stationery]
  • Writing Cases [Sets]
  • Writing Brushes
  • Writing Instruments
  • Writing Board Erasers


Trademark Class 16 is a specific category used for registering trademarks related to paper, cardboard, and printed matter products and services. It encompasses a wide range of items, including stationery, books, packaging materials, and art supplies. Registering a trademark in Class 16 is essential for businesses dealing with these goods and services, as it provides legal protection for their brand identity and helps prevent others from using similar marks in the same category. To file for a trademark in Class 16, one must follow a series of steps, including conducting a trademark search, identifying the correct class, creating and preparing the trademark, completing the application, paying the filing fee, and responding to any office actions. It is advisable to seek guidance from a trademark attorney or specialist to navigate the trademark registration process successfully.

At LegalPillers, we are here to help you in navigating the complexities of trademark registration and classification effectively and make sure that your brand is adequately safeguarded within this important class.

(FAQs) about Trademark Class 16

What is Trademark Class 16?

● Trademark Class 16 is one of the classes used to categorize trademarks based on goods and services, focusing on paper, cardboard, and printed matter products.

What types of products are covered under Class 16?

● Class 16 includes items such as stationery, books, magazines, packaging materials, labels, and art supplies.

Can I register a trademark for a book title in Class 16?

● Generally, trademark protection is not granted for book titles alone, as they are typically considered descriptive or generic.

What is the importance of trademark registration in Class 16?

● Registering a trademark in Class 16 provides legal protection for your brand identity and prevents others from using similar marks on related products.

Do I need a trademark attorney to file in Class 16?

● While it is not mandatory, consulting a trademark attorney can be beneficial to navigate the complex registration process successfully.

How do I conduct a trademark search for Class 16?

● You can search for existing trademarks in Class 16 through the database of your local trademark office or hire a professional search firm.

Can I trademark a logo in Class 16?

● Yes, you can trademark a logo if it is used in connection with goods or services in Class 16.

What is the difference between a wordmark and a design mark in Class 16?

● A wordmark consists of text or letters, while a design mark includes a specific logo or graphical element.

How long does the trademark registration process in Class 16 take?

● The time frame can vary but generally takes several months to a year or more.

What is the cost of filing a trademark in Class 16?

● The cost depends on the jurisdiction and the number of classes, with fees varying accordingly.

What is the renewal process for a Class 16 trademark?

● Trademarks in Class 16 require periodic renewal, typically every 10 years, to maintain protection.

Can I expand my trademark’s coverage to other classes besides Class 16?

● Yes, you can register your trademark in multiple classes to cover a broader range of goods and services.

What happens if someone opposes my Class 16 trademark application?

● If someone opposes your application during the publication period, it may lead to a legal proceeding to resolve the issue.

Is international trademark protection available for Class 16?

● Yes, you can seek international protection through the Madrid System for trademarks in Class 16.

Can I sell products online under my Class 16 trademark?

● Yes, you can sell products online using your registered trademark, provided they fall within the designated class.

What should I do if my Class 16 trademark is infringed upon?

● Consult with a legal professional to take appropriate action, which may include sending cease-and-desist letters or filing a lawsuit.

Can I transfer my Class 16 trademark to another party?

● Yes, trademarks can be assigned or licensed to other individuals or businesses.

Can a Class 16 trademark registration be cancelled?

● Yes, in certain circumstances, trademarks can be cancelled through legal proceedings.

What is the “use in commerce” requirement for Class 16 trademarks?

● To obtain or maintain trademark registration, you must demonstrate that your trademark is actively used in commerce for the specified goods or services in Class 16.

Can I register a trademark in Class 16 for international shipping and packaging services?

● No, shipping and packaging services typically fall into different classes, such as Class 39 (Transportation and storage) or Class 40 (Treatment of materials).

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