Class 9 of the Nice Classification

Class 9

Scientific, research, navigation, surveying, photographic, cinematographic, audiovisual, optical, weighing, measuring, signalling, detecting, testing, inspecting, life-saving and teaching apparatus and instruments; apparatus and instruments for conducting, switching, transforming, accumulating, regulating or controlling the distribution or use of electricity; apparatus and instruments for recording, transmitting, reproducing or processing sound, images or data; recorded and downloadable media, computer software, blank digital or analogue recording and storage media; mechanisms for coin-operated apparatus; cash registers, calculating devices; computers and computer peripheral devices; diving suits, divers' masks, ear plugs for divers, nose clips for divers and swimmers, gloves for divers, breathing apparatus for underwater swimming; fire-extinguishing apparatus.

Explanatory Note

Class 9 includes mainly apparatus and instruments for scientific or research purposes, audiovisual and information technology equipment, as well as safety and life-saving equipment.

This Class includes, in particular:
    • apparatus and instruments for scientific research in laboratories;
    • training apparatus and simulators, for example, resuscitation mannequins, simulators for the steering and control of vehicles;
    • apparatus and instruments for controlling and monitoring aircraft, watercraft and unmanned vehicles, for example, navigational instruments, transmitters, compasses for measuring, GPS apparatus, automatic steering apparatus for vehicles;
    • safety and security apparatus and instruments, for example, safety nets, signalling lights, traffic-light apparatus, fire engines, sound alarms, security tokens being encryption devices;
    • clothing that protects against serious or life-threatening injuries, for example, clothing for protection against accidents, irradiation and fire, bullet-proof clothing, protective helmets, head guards for sports, mouth guards for sports, protective suits for aviators, knee-pads for workers;
    • optical apparatus and instruments, for example, eyeglasses, contact lenses, magnifying glasses, mirrors for inspecting work, peepholes;
    • magnets;
    • smartwatches, wearable activity trackers;
    • joysticks for use with computers, other than for video games, virtual reality headsets, smartglasses;
    • eyeglass cases, cases for smartphones, cases especially made for photographic apparatus and instruments;
    • automated teller machines, invoicing machines, material testing instruments and machines;
    • batteries and chargers for electronic cigarettes;
    • electric and electronic effects units for musical instruments;
    • laboratory robots, teaching robots, security surveillance robots, humanoid robots with artificial intelligence for use in scientific research.
This Class does not include, in particular:
    • joysticks being parts of machines, other than for game machines (Cl. 7), vehicle joysticks (Cl. 12), joysticks for video games, controllers for toys and game consoles (Cl. 28);
    • coin-operated apparatus that are classified in various classes according to their function or purpose, for example, coin-operated washing machines (Cl. 7), coin-operated billiard tables (Cl. 28);
    • industrial robots (Cl. 7), surgical robots (Cl. 10), toy robots (Cl. 28);
    • pulse meters, heart rate monitoring apparatus, body composition monitors (Cl. 10);
    • laboratory lamps, laboratory burners (Cl. 11);
    • diving lights (Cl. 11);
    • explosive fog signals, signal rocket flares (Cl. 13);
    • histological sections for teaching purposes, biological samples for use in microscopy as teaching materials (Cl. 16);
    • clothing and equipment worn for the practice of certain sports, for example, protective paddings being parts of sports suits, fencing masks, boxing gloves (Cl. 28).