A Quick and Easy Guide to Trademark Class 45
Are you unsure how to register for trademark class 45? If you operate a growing business, then it is likely a smart move, but it entails extensive research and paperwork.
While smaller businesses can operate without much risk of infringement on their IP, as an organization grows, it becomes important to mitigate the potential for competitors to take advantage of your brand. That is why 893,760 businesses registered trademarks in 2019.
Trademark infringement is no small matter, so business owners should understand the registration process and the class a given product or service falls under.
In this guide, you will learn about trademark class 45, what types of products it protects, and how to register. If you would like to circumvent all that tedious work, you can with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) on your behalf.
What Is a Trademark?
At its most simple, a trademark is a part of your brand, protected as intellectual property. A trademark is different from a copyright, which protects created works. Your competitors cannot use any of the following, provided you have registered them as trademarks:
The unauthorized use of a registered trademark can provoke adequate legal action. By registering a trademark for your business, you protect its brand as it grows, enters new markets, and faces new competition.
There are three primary types of trademarks:
|Standard character format||Words, letters, numbers|
|Special character format||Logos, symbols, words in a specific font, colors, or typeface|
|Sound mark||A sequence of notes (e.g., NBC’s three-note chime)|
Another distinction concerns service marks, which are used to distinguish the services of a given brand.
What Is a Trademark Class?
When registering a trademark, you will have to stipulate which class best fits your business’ product or service. The USPTO manages 45 classes of trademark—34 related to goods and 11 to services.
It is important to note that you may need to register for more than one trademark class, depending on how you conduct your business. For example, if you operate an astrology-based business that also sells t-shirts emblazoned with your logo, you will need to register for both trademark class 45 and class 25.
What Is Trademark Class 45?
Trademark class 45 protects these general types of service industries:
Any business that protects or supervises property or individuals falls under this class. Class 45 covers a wide range of companies, which fall under the following seven categories:
|Emergency and Safety Services||Firefighting, security alarm monitoring, safety inspectors, missing person investigations, security guards, personal bodyguards|
|Rental Services||Formal wear, fire alarms and fire extinguishers, internet domains|
|Interpersonal Services||Chaperones, escort services, dating services, detective agencies, wedding management, religious ceremony facilitation|
|Lifestyle Services||Astrology, fortune-telling, digital social networking services, spiritual guidance|
|License Management||Legal administration of licenses, Computer software licensing, Software publishing and licensing|
|Family-Related Services||Babysitting, genealogical services, house sitting, pet sitting, burial and funeral services, personal wardrobe consulting, personal letter writing|
|services and Support||Adoption agency services, arbitration services, registration of domain names, copyright management, services (research, document preparation, and contract negotiation), litigation services, licensing of intellectual property, lost property return, mediation, intellectual property consulting|
What Services Are Not Protected by Trademark Class 45?
Despite trademark class 45’s broad definition, there are several types of services and products that do not qualify for its protection:
- Money management and lending
- Insurance management and brokerage
- Travel escort
- Security transport
- Educational support
- Performers of any kind
- Software design and production
- Cybersecurity management and support
- Medical, beauty, or hygiene services
How To Register a Class 45 Trademark
Registering a part of your brand with trademark class 45 can be a complex process, given how many steps are involved. Keep in mind that you must pay a nominal fee for each class for which you register. Any mistakes in the process will result in wasted money.
The USPTO only allows online registrations. To register your brand as a class 45 trademark, follow these steps:
- Navigate to the Trademark Electronic Application System (TEAS)
- Log into or create an account for TEAS
- Start a new application
- Specify class 45
- Provide the requisite information about your business
- Input information about the specific mark you wish to register
- Pay the filing fee
Unless renewed, a federal trademark is valid for ten years.
How Long Does It Take the USPTO To Process a Trademark Application?
You will receive a receipt for the application by email within 14 days. The USPTO may issue an Office Action if:
- The examiner objects to your application on substantive grounds (i.e., your mark is too likely to be confused with other registered marks)
- There is a technical issue with your application (e.g., you failed to provide the necessary information)
You must respond to an Office Action with the necessary information within six months, or the application will be rejected. Generally, it will take 9–12 months to complete the process.
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- Disclosure of required information
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