The NICE Classification was established in 1957 by NICE Agreement, and it divides marks into 45 different classes by Goods and Services (Classes 1-34 for Goods and Classes 35-45 for Services). The purpose of these classifications is to allow users to seek to trademark a goods or services into classes most appropriate to their business.
TM Class 9 includes scientific, nautical, surveying, photographic, cinematographic, optical, weighing, measuring, signalling, checking (supervision), life-saving and teaching apparatus and instruments; apparatus and instruments for conducting, switching, transforming, accumulating, regulating or controlling electricity; apparatus for recording, transmission or reproduction of sound or images; magnetic data carriers, recording discs; compact discs, DVDs and other digital recording media; mechanisms for coin-operated apparatus; cash registers, calculating machines, data processing equipment, computers; computer software; fire-extinguishing apparatus.
You would choose Trademark Class 5 if you were registering any of these types of goods:
You would not use Trademark Class 9 if you were registering for:
A related trademark class is one that is related to another class; this is due to the Indian Trademark Office (ITO) has determined that applicants registering within Class 9 may register in these other classes too.
If you are not sure while choosing Class 9 for your product, you also consider the following “Related Classes”: Class 16- Paper Goods, Class 10- Medical Supplies, Class 35- Advertising and Business Services, Class 28- Games and Sporting Goods, Class 38- Telecommunications Services, Class 41- Education and Entertainment Services, Class 39- Shipping and Travel Services, Class 44- Medical and Vet Services and Class 42- Science and Technology Services.
Examples of Class 9 includes VIDEOCON under Class 9, Class 11 and Class 41, DELL under Class 9 and Class 19.
Trademark Registration fees also vary on bases of the Class system. You must pay a separate registration fee for each class of goods and services that you want to register. For instance, if you are going to register a trademark for Liquors in Class 33 and Tobacco in Class 34, you should pay two separate fees.
It is necessary to choose the correct class at the time of registering a trademark, if you register a trademark in the wrong class, you must start the registration process from the beginning.