In registering trademarks in Nigeria, you may apply for the mark to be registered under one or more of the 45 classes. Each class represents a distinct class of goods or services and for each application, you must pay a separate registration fee.
In this article, we review some of the goods which fall under Class 32 of trademark classification in Nigeria.
Under Nigerian Law, Class 32 as it pertains to trademarks includes beers, mineral and aerated waters, and other non-alcoholic beverages such as fruit beverages and juices, syrups and other preparations for making beverages.
You would NOT use Class 32 if you were registering:
-Pharmaceuticals or Beverages for Medical Purposes (Class 5)
-Clothing or Footwear (Class 25)
-Cosmetics (Class 3)
-Meat, Fish or Poultry (Class 29)
-Coffee, Rice or Tea (Class 30)
Other examples of goods which may be classified under Class 32 include: Cider, Non-alcoholic Cocktails, Aloe Vera Drinks, Preparations for Making Beverages, Preparations for Making Aerated Water; Non-alcoholic Beer, Beer-based Cocktails, Non-alcoholic Beverages, Non-alcoholic Fruit Extracts, Non-alcoholic Fruit Juice Beverages, Fruit Juices, Non-alcoholic Ginger Beer, Unfermented Non-alcoholic Honey-based Beverages , Lemonades preparations for making liqueurs, Malt beer, Mineral water, Smoothies (other than milk substitutes), Syrups for Lemonade Table Waters etc.
Current examples of trademark applications filed in Nigeria in Class 32 include Coca-Cola, Ovaltine, Home Grown, Heineken, 9mm energy drink etc.
This article was originally published on May 24, 2016. The article is intended to provide general information about the subject matter. Professional legal advice should be sought about specific circumstances.