Classes of trademarks are a technique for categorizing goods and services used in the registration of trademarks. There are 45 different product and service categories. Class 25, for example, deals with clothes.
When you enrol in additional classes, your security is enhanced. In addition, due to greater government and service fees, your application will be more expensive and more difficult to complete (the more classes you choose, the higher is the risk of opposition).
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) employs trademark classes to distinguish between various types of trademark usage. By selecting at least one class, a trademark application must classify how a mark will be utilised. These can range from apparel to commercial services, and you may be required to register your trademark under many classes to provide the appropriate protection.
On a trademark application, selecting a trademark class should not be viewed as a simple numerical selection. Your trademark will only be protected in the class or classes for which it was registered. Even if your trademark is clearly classified as machinery, it will not necessarily prevent someone from registering it for automobile tyres.
Understanding trademark classes is crucial for more than just maximising protection. Additionally, it is intended to simplify the registration procedure, which could save you time and money. Before submitting a trademark application, you should do a search of existing trademarks. This allows you to ensure that your trademark is sufficiently unique to avoid being confused with another. Due to the over 500,000 U.S. trademark registrations filed annually, it is becoming increasingly important to conduct a trademark search.
The USPTO simplifies database searches by putting each trademark into a specific category. When using the Trademark Electronic Search System, you can employ classifications to narrow your results (TESS). Keep in mind that a search that is too narrow may overlook registered trademarks that could prohibit your application from being accepted.
We may use the reduced filing fee of $250 for nearly all trademark applications we submit. Keep in mind that each class has a unique fee. This means that the government filing fee for a TEAS application including the clothes and bag classes will be $700. It is not possible to register a trademark for an arbitrary usage. Your trademark must be in use or you must expect to use it in the near future. Although these fees may appear expensive, failure to appropriately defend your trademark rights could lead to litigation, which could be far more expensive.
Every application must adhere to the minimal filing requirements, although they become less stringent as fees increase. In addition, if you submit a TEAS Plus or TEA registration without meeting the prerequisites, you will incur an additional fee.