Trademark Class 22 consists of ropes, nets, tents, awnings, sails, sacks, and textile products.
Trademark Classes Background
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) requires all trademark owners applying for a trademark registration to identify the goods and/or services they use their trademark in connection with. For example, a trademark for EMS, shorthand for Eastern Mountain Sports, must identify what goods they use the mark in connection with, such as tents.
The worldwide trademark community created a forty-five trademark class system through the Nice Agreement. The forty-five class system divides all goods and services into groupings that make sense where clothing and construction services are in different classes.
The Trademark identification Manual, which is made available by the USPTO online here, is the most efficient way for trademark applicants to research what class(es) they should apply for when preparing their trademark application.
At the USPTO, trademark owners can apply for trademark registrations for one class of goods or services or file a multiple class trademark application for goods and/or services. The USPTO does charge an additional fee for each class of goods or services included in a trademark application.
The penalty for incorrectly identifying what trademark class goods or services belong under in a trademark application is the Examining Attorney will issue an Office Action. Office Actions lead to delays in the trademark application process and, if not corrected, will lead to the application being rejected and abandoned by the USPTO.
Trademark Class 22 - Ropes, Nets, Tents, and Textile Products
Compared to other classes, Trademark Class 22 is a relatively small class of a narrow set of goods. Generally speaking, Class 22 consists of textile goods meaning products that are made from textiles such as ropes and nets. Due to some technological advances, more products can be made from textiles than a hundred years ago.
Class 22 Goods Include: ropes, nets, tents, hammocks, cords and cordages, vehicle covers, rope ladders, sails, tarpaulins (tarps), awnings, sacks and bags such as mail bags and body bags, and raw textile fibers such as silk.
Class 22 Specimens & Example
For each trademark class that is applied for in a trademark application, the trademark owner must submit an acceptable trademark “specimen” that shows the applied-for trademark being used in commerce. Many different items are acceptable as trademark specimens in Class 22, and the trademark owner only needs to take a picture of their specimen and upload it to the USPTO with their application.
Acceptable trademark specimens in Class 22 are similar to all the trademark classes of goods that involve that cover product. For example, hammock packaging that shows the trademark being used in connection with the hammock would be an acceptable specimen.
Other acceptable specimens are an online web page showing the trademark in close proximity to a put in cart button, an in-store display showing the trademark near the applied for goods, or the trademark physically on the product itself.
This is an acceptable specimen for the REI logo in connection for tents
Related Trademark Classes
Class 6 - Metal Ropes
Class 23 - Yarns and Threads
Class 24 - Textiles
Class 35 - Retail for Class 22 Goods
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