One of the most important aspects of trademark registration is classifying your goods and services. Your trademark will register under a category of goods or services known as a trademark class. If you’re filing a trademark application, it’s crucial to accurately identify the class(es) that best describe your goods and services. In this article, we’ll discuss how to search for a trademark class.
Trademark Search by Class
Accurately identifying the classes your trademark is associated with is one of the most important aspects of your trademark. The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has 45 classes for goods and services.
Your trademark may fall into numerous categories. For example, if you are registering a software application, you would choose class 9 (Electrical and Scientific Apparatus). If you plan to sell t-shirts with your mark, you would also register in class 25 (Clothing, Footwear, and Headgear).
How Do You Find the Class of a Trademark?
One of the easiest and most efficient ways is to use the USPTO’s online database (Trademark Electronic Search System (TESS)).
TESS allows users to search for trademarks and their associated classes. To use TESS, simply enter a keyword or the trademark name in the search bar. Once you find the trademark you’re interested in, view the mark’s status and the class(es) it is registered under.
Another way to identify the class(es) of a trademark is to refer to the Nice Classification. The Nice Classification is a system used by the USPTO and most international trademark offices to categorize goods and services. The Nice Classification includes a comprehensive list of goods and services and specifies the class(es) they belong to.
How to Do a Trademark Search Online
Doing a trademark search online is a crucial step in identifying the appropriate class(es) for your trademark. Here are the steps you can follow to do a trademark search online:
Step 1: Identify the Goods and Services
The first step in conducting a trademark search is to identify the goods and services associated with your trademark.
Step 2: Conduct a Preliminary Search
Before you dive deep into the search process, it’s a good idea to conduct a preliminary search. This will help you identify any potential conflicts with existing trademarks. You can do a preliminary search by using TESS or other online trademark databases.
Step 3: Identify the Appropriate Class(es)
Once you’ve completed the preliminary search, you can start identifying the appropriate class(es) for your trademark. You can do this by searching the USPTO’s online database (TESS) or referring to the Nice Classification.
Step 4: File Your Trademark Application
Once you’ve identified the appropriate class(es) for your trademark, you’re ready to file your trademark application. You will need to pay an application fee per class. The USPTO will review your application before granting registration.
Navigating Trademark Registration: How to Identify the Right Trademark Class for Your Business Success
Identifying the appropriate class(es) for your trademark is crucial for successful trademark registration. The USPTO online database allows you to search and identify the accurate trademark class for your mark’s goods and services. It is necessary to conduct a preliminary search to avoid conflicts with existing trademarks. You should consult with a trademark attorney if you have any questions or concerns about your trademark registration.
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