Trademark Acceptable Identification of Goods and Services Manual

The Trademark Acceptable Identification of Goods and Services Manual outlines goods and services that will be accepted by Examining Attorneys, therefore avoiding Office Actions about incorrectly identifying goods and services.

 

Trademark applicants, or their trademark lawyer, must identify all the goods and services being applied for in their trademark application. The online Trademark Acceptable Identification of Goods and Services Manual (ID Manual) is a useful tool for trademark applicants to find out what goods and services are accepted by trademark Examining Attorneys and what classes goods and services belong in.

 

If a trademark applicant misidentifies the class of a good or service, the Examining Attorney will issue an Office Action, delaying the application process. Thanks to the ID Manual, misclassification issues can be avoided by using the ID Manual before filing a trademark application.

 

For old school trademark attorneys and professionals, there is still a downloadable version of the entire ID Manual in Excel, HTML, or XML formats. However, for most people, the online ID Manual is much easier to use, especially after it was recently updated to mimic a Google like search engine. To begin searching the ID Manual, users just need to type in what good or service they want to apply for and see the results for where it should be classified.

 

Home screen and search bar of the online ID Manual

 

After users enter a good or service they want to include in the goods/services identification in their trademark application and hit the search icon, they may be surprised at how many results they receive. For example, a search for the word “shirts” produces 99 different results in 11 different international trademark classes. Trademark applicants can then note what shirts they sell under their trademark and select them all in their application and not select the entries that may not be relevant to what they are searching for such as “ Charitable fundraising services by means of selling {specify goods, e.g. t-shirts, CDs} to raise funds for {indicate subject matter or field}” in Class 36.

 

Results for “shirts” in the online ID Manual

 

As discussed above, it is important for trademark applicants and trademark attorneys to search the ID Manual before filing a trademark application to make sure they are correctly identifying the goods/services in the right international trademark classes before filing. Misidentifying goods/services in the wrong classes is avoidable and an Office Action issued for a goods/services misidentification will delay the application process and could add to the cost of the application.

 

Do you have any questions about the ID Manual? Drop a comment below or contact us directly and we will do our best to help you out.

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