When you apply for trademark registration, one of the many boxes you’ll have to check is the box to designate your trademark class. There are 45 classes designated by the USPTO, and, to a first timer, these classes can be difficult to understand. How can you tell the difference between beer and beverages (class 32) and alcoholic beverages (class 33)?
Picking the right class is incredibly important because picking the wrong class will most likely cause your application to get rejected. If, by some chance, your application does get approved with the wrong class, you cannot change it.
As mentioned above, the USPTO has a list of 45 different classes you can use for trademark registration. Some are intended for goods and others for services.
001 – Chemicals
002 – Paints
003 – Cleaning Substances
004 – Industrial Oils
005 – Pharmaceuticals
006 – Common Metals
007 – Machines
008 – Hand Tools
009 – Computers and Scientific Devices
010 – Medical Supplies
011 – Appliances
012 – Vehicles
013 – Firearms
014 – Precious Metals
015 – Musical Instruments
016 – Paper Goods
017 – Rubber Products
018 – Leather Goods
019 – Building Materials
020 – Furniture
021 – Household Utensils
022 – Ropes and Textile Products
023 – Yarns and Threads
024 – Textiles
025 – Clothing
026 – Lace and Embroidery
027 – Carpets
028 – Games and Sporting Goods
029 – Meat, Fish, Poultry
030 – Coffee, Flour, Rice
031 – Grains, Agriculture
032 – Beers and Beverages
033 – Alcoholic Beverages
034 – Tobacco Products
035 – Advertising and Business Services
036 – Insurance and Finance Services
037 – Construction and Repair Services
038 – Telecommunications Services
039 – Shipping and Travel Services
040 – Material Treatment Services
041 – Education and Entertainment Services
042 – Science and Technology Services
043 – Food Services
044 – Medical and Vet Services
045 – Legal and Security Services
Good or Service
The first step is to decide if you’re trademarking a good or service. This will help narrow the field considerably.
Product or Company
Next, you’ll need to know if this trademark is for an entire company (logo or slogan) or for products your company makes. If you’re doing both, remember that you’ll need separate applications and it’s okay to pick different classes for each application you file.
Get a Lawyer
The best way to pick your trademark class is to use the Scottsdale trademark lawyers at Parsons & Goltry. Our staff is experienced and ready to help walk you through the registration process from start to finish.
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