What Can You Include in Trademark Class 44?
Filing a trademark requires a lot of preparation on your part. Aside from coming up with an original label, you also need to group your goods and services according to international guidelines. In this article, we will focus on trademark class 44 in particular and specify what can and cannot be listed in it. DoNotPay will walk you through the trademark class system and explain how to initiate the registration .
What Are Trademark Classes?
One of the prerequisites for registering a trademark is to sort your goods and services into predetermined categories. Currently, there are 45 distinct trademark classes designed by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)
Trademark class 44 is aimed at small businesses that operate within the following niches:
- Medical care
- Veterinary services
- Beauty and hygiene products/services
- Various agricultural services (e.g., horticulture or forestry)
Take a look at the table below for an itemized list of products you can or cannot include in the category:
|Trademark Class 44 Covers||Trademark Class 44 Does Not Cover|
Other Trademark Requirements
In addition to determining the class of your goods and services, you will also have to:
- Specify what type of trademark you will use
- Make sure your trademark is not currently registered by a different owner
- Think about the level of protection your brand requires
Applicants can choose any symbol for their trademark, as long as it is available in the chosen trademark class. For example, two brands can share the same trademarked name if they come from different industries.
Here are some examples of the most frequent trademark types:
- Words, phrases, and slogans
- Logos, logo designs, and pictures
- Original artwork
- Names, usernames, and domain names
- Original characters and mascots
Checking whether a trademark has been registered only takes a few minutes. Access the Trademark Electronic Search System (TESS) on the official United States Patent and Trademark (USPTO) website and conduct a thorough search.
As soon as you start using the trademark in commerce, you gain local protection through common law rights. To shield your intellectual property on a wider territory, you will need to file for:
- State trademark registration—Trademark is protected within the borders of a specific U.S. state
- Federal trademark registration—The trademark protection law safeguards your brand in the entire U.S. territory
- International trademark registration—Your brand is safe from infringement in 124 countries worldwide, following the Madrid Protocol
The U.S. Custom and Border Protection (CBP) can also help you secure your brand by preventing the importation of copied goods. You will have to submit the registration certificate to apply for the service.
How To Register a Trademark With the USPTO
After you gather all the data, you can proceed to register your trademark. The USPTO processes all requests via the Trademark Electronic Application System (TEAS).
First, select one of the two filing options:
- TEAS Standard
- TEAS Plus
Next, you need to fill out the application form. Make sure all the sections are completed properly, or the USPTO will reject your petition.
You must enclose the following information for the application to be accepted:
- Your name or the name of the company holder
- Contact information
- Trademark type
- Trademark class (e.g., trademark class 44)
- FIling basis for the application
- Proof of paid fees
The filing basis specifies whether you are already using the applied-for mark or you intend to use it in the future. Note that if you already have a trademark or service mark, you will need to attach a sample.
What Is the Cost of a Trademark?
You are required to pay a separate fee for each trademark class that is listed in the application. The pricing depends on the USPTO form you have chosen:
- $250 for TEAS Plus, and you must pay the whole amount upfront
- $350 for TEAS Standard, but you can divide the fee into two payments
Registered trademarks also come with a few long-term expenses, including maintenance fees. Unlike copyright and patents, trademarks only last for a few years, which is why you need to file for renewal recurrently.
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DoNotPay will make sure your registration goes smoothly with our streamlined Trademark Registration product. All you have to do is follow these simple steps:
- using your preferred browser
- Pick the Trademark Registration product
- Tell us about your brand and describe your trademark
- Confirm that you have paid the USPTO fees
Once you e-sign the form, DoNotPay will conduct a quick USPTO search to confirm the trademark is eligible for registration. If everything checks out, we will forward the paperwork to the federal agency.
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