The Comprehensive Guide to Registering Your Trademark Class 21
Inquiring about the trademark class 21 registration process? Given how complicated the paperwork can be, it is wise to do your research first. The simplest way to register your class 21 trademark is with DoNotPay.
A trademark is federally protected intellectual property (IP) in the form of a recognizable component of a brand.
Trademarks, service marks, and copyright are three distinct concepts. The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) uses service marks for service-providing companies, whereas copyright applies to works of authorship and is handled by the U.S. Copyright Office.
Your competitors cannot use any of the following, provided you have registered them as trademarks or service marks:
Although not legally required, you should register your trademark. Small businesses can generally do without one, but any organization intending to break into larger markets should take this critical step to protect its brand. Those that infringe on your registered trademark can suffer legal consequences.
There are 45 classes of trademarks, and class 21 deals with household utensils. Types of goods covered by this category include:
- Kitchen utensils, tableware, cookware, and bakeware
- Cleaning materials
- Bathroom utensils
- Gardening supplies
- Storage of clothes and shoes
- Fiberglass products
- Animal tools
The primary category for goods protected in trademark class 21 covers virtually everything you would use to serve, bake, or eat food. Examples of materials eligible for this class include:
- Serving dishes
- Napkin rings
- Serving baskets
- Egg cups
- Tart molds.
- Rolling pins
- Baking sheets
- Cooling racks
- Whiskey glasses
- Ice buckets
- Beer steins
This subcategory covers tools intended for cleaning. Note that it does not include cleaning products, chemical or otherwise. Examples of this type of material include:
- Cleaning brushes
- Dust clothes
- Cleaning gloves
- Steel wool
Home dental tools and personal cosmetic apparatuses fall under this subcategory:
- Eyebrow brushes
- Makeup brushes
- Shaving kits
- Floss picks
- Dental floss
Any home gardening and minor landscaping materials are included in class 21 as well:
- Flower pots
- Water cans
- Gardening gloves
- Hand spades
Any products that help with the organization and storage of clothing and footwear must be trademarked under class 21l:
- Shoe racks
- Shoe horns
- Ironing boards
- Non-electric presses
- Shoe polishing kits
Any items made of fiberglass—enameled glass, fiberglass threads, glass wool—are also a subcategory of trademark class 21.
Any items that are used in the care of indoor and outdoor pets fall under class 21 trademarks:
- Animal beds
- Feed containers
- Drinking troughs
- Hair and fur brushes and combs
- Litter boxes
Pest control tools—bug zappers, rodent traps, and similar products—are part of the same subcategory.
- Various goods made of glass, porcelain, and earthenware
- Cleaning preparations and soaps
- Electric apparatuses for mincing, grinding, or pressing
- Razors and shaving devices, clippers, metal implements, and utensils for manicure and pedicure
- Electric cooking utensils
- Toilet mirrors
Before starting an application, check the USPTO database to confirm that your brand does not overlap with another registered trademark.
To register your brand for a class 21 trademark, follow these steps:
- Go to the Trademark Electronic Application System (TEAS)
- Log in or create your TEAS account
- Start a new application
- Select trademark class 21
- Provide the requisite information about your business
- Specify which marks you wish to register
- Pay the filing fee
Keep the following timelines in mind when planning your registration:
|Confirmation of receipt of application||Within 14 days of submission|
|Approval/denial of the application||9–12 months|
|Renewal of trademark||5–6 years after the registration|
|Expiration of trademark||Ten years from registration (if not renewed)|
The USPTO may issue an Office Action within the processing period under two conditions:
- Substantive objection—the examiner finds that your mark is too similar to another registered mark
- Technical issue—the examiner finds that your application lacks the necessary information
If you receive an Office Action, you will need to respond with a correction or modification within six months. Failure to do so will result in a rejection.
Need a trademark for your household utensil brand but lack time to do the paperwork? Do not let your brand go unprotected—DoNotPay will attain your trademark.
We can manage a range of critical business processes for you—including trademark registration. Get started by following these steps:
- Log into your DoNotPay account
- Choose the Trademark Registration tool
- Answer a few questions about your business
Our Trademark Registration tool will ensure your brand does not infringe on an already registered mark. Once the application is submitted, we will facilitate communication between the USPTO and your team to keep you up to date.
One of the most challenging aspects of every business is building a trusting relationship with the customers and maintaining a good reputation. That is why it is crucial to protect your business name, logo, and slogan legally by registering it as a trademark. DoNotPay is here to help you do that hassle-free with our Trademark Registration tool. Need help checking for trademark violations once you register? There is no need to fret as we have a tool that can help you with that as well!
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