Trademark Class 19: Building Materials

Choose Class 19 if you are registering a trademark for non-metallic building materials.

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO), the federal agency that oversees the registration of federal trademarks, divides marks into 45 different "classes" of products or services. The purpose of these classes is to allow different types of businesses to register their trademarks into categories most related to their core business. Class 19 includes mainly non-metallic building materials used in various types of construction.

For a complete listing of all goods in Class 19, see below. For more information about trademarks and federal registration, see Nolo’s Trademark Center.

Examples of Trademarks in Class 19

CHESAPEAKE HARDWOODS (hardwood floors), KEARNEY STONE (natural stone), PECUNIA (non-metal building materials) and CLICK-STEP (construction kits) are all good examples of marks in Class 19.

You would choose Class 19 if you were registering any of these types of goods:

  • Building materials (non-metallic)
  • non-metallic rigid pipes for building
  • asphalt, pitch and bitumen
  • non-metallic transportable buildings
  • monuments, not of metal
  • semi-worked woods (for example, beams, planks, panels)
  • veneers
  • building glass (for example, floor slabs, glass tiles)
  • glass granules for marking out roads, or
  • letter boxes of masonry.

You would not use Class 19 if you were registering:

Related or Coordinated Classes

If you are not sure whether you should register in Class 19, you might also consider the following “coordinated” classes: Class 2 - Paints, Class 6 - Common Metals, Class 7 - Machines, Class 11 - Appliances, Class 17 - Rubber Products, Class 35 - Advertising and Business Services, Class 37 - Construction and Repair Services, Class 40 - Material Treatment Services, and Class 42 - Science and Technology Services.

A coordinated class is one that is related to another class, usually because the PTO has determined that applicants filing within Class 19 often file in these other classes, too.

The registration fees that you will pay to the PTO are also based on the class system. For each class of goods or services that you register, you must pay a separate fee. So if you apply for a trademark for posters (Class 16) and shirts (Class 25), you must pay two fees.

You must indicate the correct class at the time you are registering a trademark. If you list the incorrect class, you must start the application process over.

Your registrations are restricted to those classes that encompass the goods or services you are already offering (as shown by the specimens you submit) or that you plan to offer (if you are registering on an intent-to-use basis). You may also need information about the class number in order to narrow a search of the PTO's trademark database.

Specimens for Class 19

If the mark is used in commerce, you must furnish a specimen of the mark as consumers see it. The specimen must show the mark as used on or in connection with the goods in commerce. A trademark specimen should be a label, tag, or container for the goods, or a display associated with the goods. A photocopy or other reproduction of a specimen of the mark as actually used on or in connection with the goods is acceptable.

In most cases, where the trademark is applied to the goods or the containers for the goods in Class 19 by means of labels, a label is an acceptable specimen. Shipping or mailing labels may be accepted if they are affixed to the goods or to the containers for the goods and if proper trademark usage is shown. They are not acceptable if the mark as shown is merely used as a trade name and not as a trademark. An example of this is the use of the term solely as a return address.

Stamping a trademark on the goods, on the container, or on tags or labels attached to the goods or containers, is a proper method of trademark affixation. The trademark may be imprinted in the body of the goods, as with metal stamping; it may be applied by a rubber stamp; or it may be inked on by using a stencil or template. When a trademark is used in this manner, photographs or facsimiles showing the actual stamping or stenciling are acceptable as specimens.

The terminology “applied to the containers for the goods” means applied to any type of commercial packaging that is normal for the particular goods as they move in trade. Thus, a showing of the trademark on the normal commercial package for the particular Class 19 goods is an acceptable specimen. For example, gasoline pumps are considered normal containers or “packaging” for gasoline.

A specimen showing use of the trademark on a vehicle in which the goods are marketed to the relevant purchasers may constitute use of the mark on a container for the goods, if this is the normal mode of use of a mark for the particular goods.

Complete Listing of All Goods in Class 19 Based on Taxonomy

  • Building and construction materials and elements, not of metal, angle irons, not of metal, asbestos cement, asbestos mortar, asphalt paving, agglomerated bagasses of cane [building material], beams, not of metal/girders, not of metal, binding agents for making briquettes/binding agents for making stones, bituminous products for building, bituminous coatings for roofing, cement for blast furnaces, blinds [outdoor], not of metal and not of textile, bricks, building panels, not of metal, building materials, not of metal/construction materials, not of metal, building paper, building timber/lumber, building cardboard [asphalted], building stone, caissons for construction work under water, cask wood/stave wood, ceilings, not of metal, cement*, cement slabs, chimney cowls, not of metal, chimney shafts, not of metal, clinker ballast, coatings [building materials], concrete, concrete building elements, cornices, not of metal, duckboards, not of metal, earth for bricks, felt for building, fire burrs, fireproof cement coatings, flashing, not of metal, for building, floor tiles, not of metal/tile floorings, not of metal, floors, not of metal, foundry molds [moulds], not of metal, cement for furnaces, furrings of wood, geotextiles, glass granules for road marking/glass granules for marking out roads, street gutters, not of metal, roof gutters, not of metal, hips for roofing, joists, not of metal, laths, not of metal, latticework, not of metal/trellises, not of metal, lengthening pieces, not of metal, for chimneys, linings, not of metal, for building/cladding, not of metal, for building/coverings, not of metal, for building/facings, not of metal, for building/surfacings, not of metal, for building, lintels, not of metal, luminous paving/lighting slabs, macadam, magnesia cement, mantlepieces, mortar for building/grout, mosaics for building, mouldings, not of metal, for building/moldings, not of metal, for building, mouldings, not of metal, for cornices/moldings, not of metal, for cornices, olivine for building, palings, not of metal/palisading, not of metal, paperboard for building/building cardboard, parquet floor boards, parquet flooring, paving blocks, not of metal, paving slabs, not of metal/slabs, not of metal, perches, pilings, not of metal/sheet piles, not of metal, planks [wood for building], plaster*, plywood, reeds, for building, refractory construction materials, not of metal, reinforcing materials, not of metal, for building, road coating materials, binding material for road repair, road marking sheets and strips of synthetic material, materials for making and coating roads, roof coverings, not of metal, roof flashing, not of metal, roofing slates, roofing, not of metal, roofing, not of metal, incorporating solar cells, roofing shingles, sandstone for building, scantlings [carpentry], shuttering, not of metal, for concrete, sills, not of metal, slag [building material], slag stone/clinker stone, slate, works of stonemasonry, tanks of masonry, tarred strips, for building, tiles, not of metal/pantiles, tiles, not of metal, for building/wall tiles, not of metal, for building, veneer wood, vinyl siding, wainscotting, not of metal, wall claddings, not of metal, for building, wall linings, not of metal, for building, wood panelling, wood pulp board, for building, wood for making household utensils, wood paving, wood veneers/veneers, wooden floor boards, xylolith.
  • Railway materials, railway sleepers, not of metal/railroad ties, not of metal.
  • Pipes and tubes, and fittings therefor, including valves, branching pipes, not of metal, drain pipes, not of metal, drain traps [valves], not of metal or plastic, ducts, not of metal, for ventilating and air-conditioning installations, gutter pipes, not of metal, manhole covers, not of metal, penstock pipes, not of metal, rigid pipes, not of metal [building], sandstone tubes, water-pipe valves, not of metal or plastic, water-pipes, not of metal.
  • Doors, gates, windows and window coverings, not of metal, building glass, casement windows, not of metal, door frames, not of metal/door casings, not of metal, door panels, not of metal, doors, not of metal*, folding doors, not of metal, gates, not of metal, insect screens, not of metal, insulating glass [building], jalousies, not of metal, plate glass [windows], for building, safety glass, shutters, not of metal, stained-glass windows, turnstiles, not of metal, window glass, except glass for vehicle windows, window frames, not of metal, window glass, for building, windows, not of metal.
  • Structures and transportable buildings, not of metal, aquaria [structures], arbours [structures not of metal], aviaries, not of metal [structures], balustrading, beacons, not of metal, non-luminous, bicycle parking installations, not of metal/installations, not of metal, for parking bicycles, bird baths [structures, not of metal], buildings, not of metal, buildings, transportable, not of metal, cabanas, not of metal, cement posts, chicken-houses, not of metal, chimney pots, not of metal, chimneys, not of metal, crash barriers, not of metal, for roads, diving boards, not of metal, fair huts, fences, not of metal, floating docks, not of metal, for mooring boats, framework, not of metal, for building/framework for building, not of metal, greenhouse frames, not of metal/horticultural frames, not of metal, greenhouses, transportable, not of metal, huts, letter boxes of masonry, masts [poles], not of metal, monuments, not of metal, mooring bollards, not of metal, paint spraying booths, not of metal, partitions, not of metal, pigsties, not of metal, platforms, prefabricated, not of metal, porches, not of metal, for building, posts, not of metal, for electric power lines/poles, not of metal, for electric power lines, posts, not of metal, prefabricated houses [kits], not of metal, props, not of metal, rocket launching platforms, not of metal, silos, not of metal, skating rinks [structures, not of metal], stables, not of metal, stair-treads [steps], not of metal, staircases, not of metal, stringers [parts of staircases], not of metal, swimming pools [structures, not of metal], telegraph posts, not of metal, telephone booths, not of metal/telephone boxes, not of metal, tomb or grave enclosures, not of metal/grave or tomb enclosures, not of metal, tombs [monuments], not of metal, tombs, not of metal, vaults, not of metal [burial].
  • Signs, and information and advertising displays, advertisement columns, not of metal, signalling panels, non-luminous and non-mechanical, not of metal, non-luminous and non-mechanical signs, not of metal, signs, non-luminous and non-mechanical, not of metal, for roads.
  • Scaffolding, scaffolding, not of metal.
  • Unprocessed and semi-processed materials included in the class, not specified for use.
  • Pitch, tar, bitumen and asphalt, asphalt, bitumen, coal tar, pitch, tar.
  • Stone, rock, clay and minerals, alabaster glass, alabaster, aquarium sand, aquarium gravel, artificial stone, calcareous marl, raw chalk, clay*, potters' clay [raw material], fireclay/grog [fired refractory material], granite, gravel, gypsum, lime, limestone/calcareous stone, marble, porphyry [stone], potters' clay, rock crystal/quartz, rubble, sand, except foundry sand, schists, silica [quartz], silver sand, slate powder, stone, terra cotta, tufa.
  • Wood and artificial wood, cork [compressed], mouldable wood/moldable wood, manufactured timber, sawn timber, wood, semi-worked.
  • Statues and works of art made of materials such as stone, concrete and marble, included in the class, busts of stone, concrete or marble, figurines [statuettes] of stone, concrete or marble/statuettes of stone, concrete or marble, grave slabs, not of metal/tomb slabs, not of metal, gravestones/tombstones, memorial plaques, not of metal, statues of stone, concrete or marble, tombstone stelae, not of metal, tombstone plaques, not of metal, works of art of stone, concrete or marble.

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