Which Trademark Classes Fit Your Mark?
Are you ready to protect your small business trademark by registering it with the USPTO? In your application, you must specify the goods or services associated with your trademark. It is important that you select the correct class—otherwise, your application will be rejected, and you will lose the money spent on fees.
In this guide, we will list and explain the trademark classes and show you how to register your mark the easy way using DoNotPay.
The United States adopted the international classification of goods and services—called the Nice Classification (NCL)—in 1973. The USPTO uses 45 international trademark classes for trademark registration—the first 34 classes cover goods, and others cover services.
Understanding trademark classes makes the registration process easier since it is your responsibility to:
- Conduct a clearance search to avoid trademark infringement
- Register your trademark under the appropriate class
You can register your trademark even if it’s similar to already registered marks, but the class must be different. For instance, the same brand name Pandora is registered under two different classes—jewelry and music streaming—by different companies.
Besides business names, the same rule applies to other trademarked elements, such as:
- Domain names and usernames
- Phrases and slogans
- Artwork (pictures, for example)
- Book series titles
- Artist names
- Clothing brands
- Podcast names
The first step in determining the classes of your products and services is checking out the complete list. Before you conclude where your item fits, it is important to check the complete trademark class descriptions in the Trademark ID Manual. For instance, skincare products can belong to different classes depending on the use:
- Used as cosmetics—Class 003, Cosmetics and cleaning preparations
- Used as medicine—Class 005, Pharmaceuticals
Here is the list of international trademark classes as defined on the USPTO's website:
|Classes of Goods||Classes of Services|
003 Cosmetics and cleaning preparations
004 Lubricants and fuels
006 Metal goods
008 Hand tools
009 Electrical and scientific apparatus
010 Medical apparatus
011 Environmental control apparatus
015 Musical instruments
016 Paper goods and printed matter
017 Rubber goods
018 Leather goods
019 Non-metallic building materials
020 Furniture and articles not otherwise classified
021 Housewares and glass
022 Cordage and fibers
023 Yarns and threads
026 Fancy goods
027 Floor coverings
028 Toys and sporting goods
029 Meats and processed foods
030 Staple foods
031 Natural agricultural products
032 Light beverages
033 Wines and spirits
034 Smokers' articles
|035 Advertising and business
036 Insurance and financial
037 Building construction and repair
039 Transportation and storage
040 Treatment of materials
041 Education and entertainment
042 Computer and scientific
043 Hotels and restaurants
044 Medical, beauty, and agricultural
045 Personal and legal
Your overall trademark application cost depends on three things:
|Application form||You have two forms to choose from for your initial application:
|Number of classes of goods and services||You must pay for each class of goods and services that you associate with your trademark. If you select two classes and use the TEAS Plus, you will pay $500|
|Filing basis||When completing your application, you have to select the filing basis:
You must select at least one class of goods or services that your trademark will protect. The trademark protection law allows you to register one product or service under multiple classes based on the amount of trademark protection you want and the nature of your business.
You don’t have to register your trademark with the USPTO or state agencies. Common law trademark rights—that apply to your geographic region only—provide protection for unregistered marks as well. If you wish to enforce your mark ownership nationwide, you must register with the USPTO.
Applications must be submitted electronically. Here is what you will need to do:
- Search the USPTO database to verify that there is no conflicting trademark
- Complete one trademark application form—TEAS Plus or TEAS Standard
If your application is successful, your trademark can last forever as long as you continue using and renewing it.
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Provide us with your trademark details, and we will:
- Conduct a detailed search to verify your mark is not already registered
- Complete the lengthy trademark application form on your behalf
- Submit the application form to the USPTO after you review and digitally sign it
Follow these steps to file your trademark registration using DoNotPay:
- Log in to your DoNotPay account
- Find the Trademark Registration product
- Provide the trademark details
- Pay the USPTO application fees
Are you unsure whether you need a trademark or a different form of protection? There are three types of intellectual property protection. Depending on the nature of your business, you may need only one or a combination.
Here is how you can tell what you need:
- Trademarks protect the signs that you use to distinguish your products or services from those of your competitors
- Copyrights protect your original artistic or literary work—for example, a novel
- Patents protect innovations and unique processes—for instance, a new piece of computer hardware
Being a small business owner is not an easy task, and all the details that you need to pay attention to might seem overwhelming. From handling trademark registration and protection to dealing with crucial paperwork, such as the Employer Identification Number (EIN) SS-4 form and 83(b) election forms, you need to invest a lot of time and energy into each business-related aspect. That is why you should rely on DoNotPay and have us take care of everything in your stead!
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