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Everything You Need to Know About Trademark Class 2: Paints and Varnishes


Last Updated on June 4, 2024 by Swetha LLM

As far as we are informed, the registration of trademarks allows companies to assert ownership of their unique brand names and guards against infringement and exploitation globally. One may easily market a business brand and assert rights with trademark registration. Based on the type of commercial operations and trademark applications are categorized into 45 distinct classes.

Trademark class 2 is the ray of hope for paint product protection in the realm of colors and paint. Furthermore, a trademark class is an essential step in the entire process of registering a trademark in India. In addition, this paint trademark class includes a vast array of products that add beauty, durability, and utility to our surrounds.

Definition of Trademark Class 2

Under the Nice Classification system, products fall under Trademark Class 2. Paints, varnishes, and colorants are the main products in Class 2. It includes various products that are used to paint, coat, and protect surfaces. This class specifically consists of:

  • Paints, lacquers, and varnishes used in the craft, industry, and artistic endeavours;
  • Thickeners, fixatives, siccatives, and thickeners in paints, varnishes, and lacquers;
  • Mordants for leather and wood;
  • Lubricants that prevent corrosion and preserve wood;
  • Dyes for garments; food and drink coloring agents.

Class 2 goods are often in use for commercial, artistic, and industrial reasons. This class of items consists of, among other things, printing ink, industrial coatings, artist’s paint, and housing paint.

Class 2: Pigments, Coatings, and Paints

Most of the materials in Class 2 are paints, colorants, and preparations intended to prevent corrosion.

Items falling under the Class 2 category

  • Industrial, handcrafted, and artistic paints, varnishes, and lacquers
  • Clothing-related dyes
  • Colors used in food and drink

Products not included in the Class 2 classification

  • Unprocessed artificial resins (Class 1)
  • Cosmetic dyes (Class 3),
  • Laundry blueing (Class 3),
  • Paint boxes (items for use in schools) (Class l6) and
  • Insulating paints and varnishes (Class l7).

Advantages of Class 2 Trademarks

  • Legal Defense: Because they fall under the IPR category, trademarks are protected from annexation.
  • Differentiation of Products: Using a trademark will help you set your goods apart from the competition’s.
  • Establishing a Brand.
  • Developing an Asset.

List of products included in Trademark Class 2


  • Alizarine dyes
  • Aluminium powder for painting
  • Aluminium paints
  • Aniline dyes
  • Annotto [dyestuff] / annatto [dyestuff]
  • Anti-corrosive bands
  • Anti-corrosive preparations
  • Anti-fouling paints
  • Anti-rust oils
  • Anti-rust greases
  • Anti-rust preparations for preservation
  • Anti-tarnishing preparations for metals
  • Asbestos paints
  • Auramine



  • Bactericidal paints
  • Badigeon
  • Binding preparations for paints/agglutinants for paints
  • Bitumen varnish
  • Black japan
  • Bronze powder for painting
  • Bronzing lacquers


  • Canada balsam
  • Caramel [food colorant]
  • Carbon black [pigment]
  • Carbonyl [wood preservative]
  • Ceramic paints
  • Coatings [paints]
  • Coatings for roofing felt [paints] / coatings for tarred felt [paints]
  • Cobalt oxide [colorant]
  • Cochineal carmine
  • Colophony
  • Colorants*/dyestuffs
  • Colorants for liqueurs
  • Colorants for beer
  • Colorants for butter
  • Colorants for beverages
  • Copal
  • Copal varnish
  • Creosote for wood preservation


  • Distempers
  • Dyes*
  • Dyewood extracts/wood dyestuffs
  • Dyewood/coloring [colouring] wood / dye-wood


  • Enamels [varnishes]
  • Enamels for painting/enamel paints
  • Engraving ink


  • Fireproof paints
  • Fixatives for watercolors [watercolours]/fixatives for watercolors/fixatives for watercolours
  • Fixatives [varnishes]
  • Metal foil for painters, decorators, printers and artists
  • Food dyes/food colorants


  • Gamboge for painting
  • Glazes [paints, lacquers]
  • Gum resins
  • Gum-lac/shellac


  • Indigo [colorant]
  • Ink for skin-dressing
  • Ink for leather


  • Lacquers
  • Lamp black [pigment]
  • Lime wash


  • Malt caramel [food colorant]
  • Malt colorants
  • Marking ink for animals
  • Mastic [natural resin]
  • Metals in powder form for painters, decorators, printers and artists
  • Mordants*


  • Natural resins, raw


  • Oils for the preservation of wood/preservative oils for wood
  • Orange lead/litharge


  • Paint patches
  • Paints*
  • Paper for dyeing easter eggs
  • Pigments
  • Primers
  • Printers’ pastes [ink]/printing compositions [ink]
  • Printing ink
  • Protective preparations for metals


  • Red lead/minium


  • Saffron [colorant]
  • Sandarac
  • Shoe dyes
  • Siccatives [drying agents] for paints
  • Sienna earth
  • Silver emulsions [pigments]
  • Silver paste
  • Silvering powders
  • Soot [colorant]
  • Stains for leather/mordants for leather
  • Sumac for varnishes


  • Thickeners for paints
  • Thinners for lacquers
  • Thinners for paints
  • Titanium dioxide [pigment]
  • Toner cartridges, filled, for printers and photocopiers
  • Toners [ink] for photocopiers/ink [toner] for photocopiers
  • Turmeric [colorant]
  • Turpentine [thinner for paints]


  • Undercoating for vehicle chassis / undersealing for vehicle chassis


  • Varnishes*


  • White lead
  • Whitewash
  • Wood stains
  • Wood mordants
  • Wood preservatives
  • Wood coatings [paints]


  • Yellowwood [colorant]


  • Zinc oxide [pigment]

A Well-Known Examples of Class 2 Trademarks

  • Goodlass Nerolac Paints Limited
  • Asian Paints Limited
  • Dulux
  • Berger
  • Nippon paint
  • TATA
  • Indigo
  • Pidilite
  • Poddar pigments.

Specimen For Class 2

You could be required to give a sample bearing the relevant mark for commercial use so that customers can view it. A trademark specimen can be represented by any of the following:

  • Recognizing tags
  • Labels
  • Displays
  • Containers

Marking products with a copy or reproduction of the specimen is also permitted. Products in class two are typically identified by their labels. Shipping and postal labels can also be used, provided that they are affixed to the items or containers. However, using a trademark as a trade name alone is not permitted.

In Conclusion

The products covered by the Class 2 trademark include paints, lacquers, varnishes, colorants, mordants, raw natural resins, and foil and powder metals for artists. Prior to applying, take into account how your business uses these products and keep in mind that there are various exceptions to what falls under Class 2. Although registering a trademark may seem daunting, doing so will eventually enable you to expand your company while securing crucial legal safeguards.

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1. What is meant by Trademark Class?

Trademark classes are a global standard included in the World Intellectual Property Organization’s (WIPO) Nice Classification for goods and services.

2. Which trademark class does paint fall under?

Paints ought to be registered as commodities under trademark class 2. Class 2 includes a variety of paints, colorants, and dyes that are used in trademark goods.

3. Which trademark class do preservatives fall under?

Class 2 trademark items include preservatives that prevent rust and wood damage. It should be emphasized that trademark class 1 covers salt used for purposes other than food preservation. Additionally, food-preserving salt is categorized under trademark class 3.

4. How are resins categorized in terms of trademarks?

Raw natural resins are included in the goods class 2 trademark. Unprocessed artificial resins fall under class 1 trademark goods.

5. Is it possible to use a brand registered under brand Class 2 for non-trade purposes?

Class 2 trademarks are exclusive to the products and services that fall within that category. Businesses may need to register their trademarks under a different classification if they intend to use them for other reasons.

Swetha LLM

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