When you file an application to register a trademark with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), you need to file for a certain specific class of trademark. Sometimes, depending on what you are trademarking, you may need to file for more than one class.
There are 45 trademark classes in the United States. Here are some of the most common among the 45:
Class 9: Electrical and Scientific Apparatus
The most common devices that get trademarked under Class 9 these days are tech devices like smartphones, mobile apps, and software. But Class 9 extends far and wide, from automated vending machines to life-saving medical devices.
Class 25: Clothing
If you are looking to trademark clothing, headwear, or shoes of any kind, Class 25 trademarks should be the right pick for you.
Classes 29, 30, and 31: Foods
Each of these classifications is for different types of foods sold in the United States. Class 29 is for meat and processed foods. 29 also extends to fruits and vegetables, as well as milk and eggs. Class 30 is for ‘staple food products,’ such as coffee, sugar, salt, and various condiments. Class 31 is for natural agricultural products, which are primarily made up of live animals, flowers, and fresh fruits and vegetables.
Class 32: Light Beverages and Class 33: Wine and Spirits
Class 32 refers to light beverages like soda, fruit juices, and water-based drinks. Beer also falls under this classification. Class 33, meanwhile, is more for wine and hard liquors. Though not, they do not typically have any more alcoholic content than the average beer; hard ciders and hard seltzers also fall under Class 33.
Class 41: Education and Entertainment
A long list of activities and processes fall under this classification, including teaching and education services. But it also extends to entertainment, like the arts, sporting events, and cultural activities.
What is the Full List of 45?
The complete list of trademark classes is as follows:
- 001 Chemicals
- 002 Paints
- 003 Cosmetics and cleaning preparations
- 004 Lubricants and fuels
- 005 Pharmaceuticals
- 006 Metal goods
- 007 Machinery
- 008 Hand tools
- 009 Electrical and scientific apparatus
- 010 Medical apparatus
- 011 Environmental control apparatus
- 012 Vehicles
- 013 Firearms
- 014 Jewelry
- 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
- 024 Fabrics
- 025 Clothing
- 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
- 038 Telecommunication
- 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
To better know if you are selecting the right class of trademark for your product or service, it is advisable to speak with an attorney experienced in trademark law.