Trademark Class 6 is all about common metals and related goods used in metal heavy industries.
Trademark Classes Background
When applying for a trademark applications at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), trademark owners must identify what goods and/or services they use their trademark in connection with.
Furthermore, the international trademark community, through the Nice Agreement, breaks down all goods and services into forty-five different Trademark Classes. For example, Primesource Building Products, Inc applied for a trademark registration for its GRIP-RITE brand in connection with metal screws in Class 6.
If a trademark applicant does not correctly identify what Trademark Class their goods or services fall under, the USPTO’s Examining Attorney will issue an Office Action delaying the application process. If the Office Action is not dealt with in a timely fashion, the application will be abandoned by the USPTO and the trademark applicant will not be refunded any of their USPTO fees.
The best way for trademark applicants and trademark lawyers to identify what Trademark Class goods or services fall under is to view the Trademark Identification Manual (TMIM) online at the USPTO website.
Lastly, trademark owners can apply for a trademark application in one Trademark Classes of goods or services or file one trademark application that covers multiple Trademark Classes of Goods or Services. However, the USPTO charges a fee for each Trademark Class of goods or services applied for in the trademark application.
Trademark Class 6 - Metal Products & Related Goods
Class 6 is the Trademark Class that covers most metal products, especially metal products related to construction and building materials such as metal roofing systems, metal pipes and tubes, metal framing for sheetrock and similar products. Below are some subcategories within Class 6 and some examples of products within the subcategories.
Metal Building Materials: metal roof sheets, cornices, flashing, scaffolding, ladders, flooring, grates, manholes, metal framing for walls or doorways,
Metal Pipes & Tubes: pipes, metal oil wells, water pipes and metal joints and connectors, heating ducts
Railroad Materials: metal rails, railroad ties, turntables, switches
Metal Knobs & Hardware: door knobs, metal anvils, metal doors, metal gates, metal fasteners
Nuts & Bolts: screws, nails, bolts, washers,
Metal Safes & Related Goods: keys, locks, safes, metal lock boxes, metal boxes
Chains & Cables: metal chains, metal wires, barbed wire, metal cables, metal ropes
Metal Signs: metal road signs, metal signs, metal statues, metal works of arts, weather vanes
Welding & Soldering Materials: all materials for welding, soldering wires
Raw or Semi-Processed Metal: steel, brass, iron, nickel, silver, aluminum, ore
Trademark Class 6 Specimens & Examples
One of the most important USPTO requirements to obtain a trademark registration is submitting an acceptable trademark specimen. Acceptable trademark specimens must show use of the trademark in connection with the goods or services the trademark owner identified in the trademark application. The trademark applicant must submit an acceptable trademark specimen for each Trademark Class in the trademark application.
Acceptable specimens come in many different forms for Trademark Class 6 goods that show the trademark used in connection with Class 6 products. Acceptable specimens in Class 6 include the trademark shown on product packaging and hangtags, the trademark directly on the product, or the trademark displayed on signage at a point of sale in a store or a screenshot of an ecommerce website with the trademark displayed near the applied for product and near a CHECKOUT button.
One last thing to note is that trademark applicants do not need to mail in their physical specimens, such as the trademark displayed on the product, to the USPTO. Trademark applicants only need to take a picture (or screenshot if the specimen comes from an ecommerce website) and upload the image to the USPTO website.
Above is an acceptable specimen for GRIP RITE in connection with screws because the trademark is prominently displayed on the product packaging
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Class 19 - Non-Metal Building Materials
Class 35 - Retail or Online Retail Stores Selling Class 6 Products
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