When filing your application with the USPTO, keep in mind that you want legal protection from trademark infringement within the same class. Furniture and related materials are covered by Trademark Class 20. Because the list of included items is quite long, we’ll only provide a few of the most common examples below.
First and foremost, Trademark Class 20 encompasses a wide range of furniture.
This category includes, for example, armchairs, wooden bedsteads, benches, bookcases, cabinets, chests of drawers, counters, cupboards, curtains, desks, metal furniture, gun racks, mirrors, and many other types of common furniture. Outdoor furniture such as deck chairs, flower pot pedestals, and flower stands are also included in this category.
Finally, furniture for infants and children is included in this category. Anti-roll cushions, changing mats, bassinets and cradles, toy chests, high chairs, and other items are also covered by Class 20.
This class also includes some materials used in the manufacture of furniture. Most of these materials are semi-processed goods that can be used to make various types of specialized furniture.
Furniture bolts, non-metal brackets, barrel hoops, certain types of doors, dowels, pegs, pins, furniture feet, non-metal hinges and latches, and other similar products, for example, are included in Class 20.
Animal claws, horns, and hooves, bamboo, coral, un-worked and semi-worked ivory, oyster shells, and other similar goods are also included in this category. It should be noted that the majority of other conventional raw materials (such as wood, metal, and stone) are generally classified as other classes.
Bedding and Cushions
Air pillows, mattresses, beds, non-linen bedding, camping mattresses, and water beds are all covered by class 20.
Some kitchenware, like standard furniture, is classified as Class 20. Bottle racks, non-metal bottle caps and closures, wooden bottle casings, wooden casks for decanting wine, chopping blocks, corks, dinner wagons, and sink mats are a few examples.
Non-Metal Storage Equipment
This category also includes a few specific types of non-metal storage equipment.
This category includes items such as bag hangers, barrels, baskets, wooden and plastic boxes, clothes hangers, garment covers, clothes hampers, and other similar items. Filing cabinets, index cabinets, jewelry organizer displays, lockers, medicine cabinets, magazine racks, newspaper display racks, and other storage options are available.
Furniture for Animals
Trademark Class 20 includes various types of furniture for pets and livestock. Class 20 includes animal beds, beehives, birdhouses, kennels, and nesting boxes.
Because Class 20 encompasses all types of furniture, there are a few additional items that fall under this category as well.
Coffins, non-jewelry crucifixes, display boards and stands, drain traps, non-electric fans, inflatable furniture, wooden and plastic ladders, and other items of similar nature are examples.
Because Class 20 is so broad, some business owners have difficulty determining whether their product falls under this class or one of several related classes.
Consider the following related examples if you’re having trouble deciding:
- Common metal goods (Class 6)
- Medical furniture such as hospital beds (Class 10)
- Non-metal building materials (Class 19)
What Does Class 20 Not Include?
The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) specifically excludes the following products from Class 20:
- Bed linen, eiderdowns, and sleeping bags (Class 24).
- Mirrors are used in optical goods, dentistry or surgery, rearview mirrors, and sighting mirrors for guns (Classes 9, 10, 12, and 13).
Some goods made of woods, cork, reed, cane, wicker, horn, bones, ivory, whalebone, shell, amber, mother-of-pearl, meerschaum, plastic, or substitute materials that are classified by their function (Classes 14, 19, 21, and 27).