Choose one or more of 45 International Trademark Classes for your trademark. This Complete Guide breaks down each Classes’ goods or services.
Trademark Class 41 is a service class featuring entertainment, recreational, teaching, and educational services.
Yesterday, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) sanctioned Trademark Terminal’s owners. Per the order, the USPTO plans to terminate all the trademark applications
Using the right trademark symbols–such as the circled “R” (®), “TM” (™), or “SM” (℠)–tells the world what IP rights you claim. The circled “R” (®) symbol means “registered trademark.” The “TM” (™) symbol means unregistered or common law trademark claim. An “SM” (℠) symbol is similar to “TM,” but means “service mark.” The trademark symbols provide the public notice about what intellectual property (“IP”) rights you possess. Selecting the wrong symbol can come with penalties or undervaluing your mark.
The cost to trademark in 2022 is $250 per International Class of goods and/or services. However, it may be $350 if a custom description is required. In addition, if you file an “Intent to Use” trademark, you will be required to pay $100 for a Statement of Use. This article discusses how the costs to file a a trademark can vary.
How long a trademark lasts in the U.S. does depend on declaration and renewal filings. Trademarks are capable of perpetual existence, but must be renewed every ten years. In addition, a declaration between the 5th and 6th anniversary is required, and a declaration plus renewal is necessary during the 9th and 10th anniversary. While there is a 6 month grace period, please keep these dates in mind. This is repeated every decade so long as the trademark is in use.
File an Intent-to-Use trademark application if your trademark is not currently sold alongside goods or services “in commerce.”
It takes twelve to eighteen months to register a trademark. However, the good news is that if your mark registers, protection is “retroactive.” That means trademark protection begins from the date of filing, and not the date of registration.
TEAS Plus or TEAS Standard? Pick the right application for your trademark. Select TEAS Plus if your goods and/or services appear in the Trademark ID Manual. If your goods and services are not in the Trademark ID Manual, then select TEAS Standard.
I. What are Trademarks and What Do They Protect?: The Definition of a Trademark What do trademarks protect? The definition of a “trademark” is: