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How do I determine the correct class(es) for my product(s)?

You must select the correct classification to increase your probabilities of a successful trademark registration. The Trademarks Office will not reimburse fees associated to your trademark application if your trademark is rejected. Careful revision by a trademark expert, that specializes in analyzing the strength of your trademark in its selected class(es) compared to your competitors is important as the number of objections and oppositions are increasing.

You may use our Trademark Search Tool to find the class number.

2016 statistics show that there has been an 11%* increase in oppositions presented in the United States. These figures suggest that it is becoming more valuable to conduct a Trademark Comprehensive Study before filing your trademark in order to avoid possible rejections or avoid violating the rights of a previously registered trademark. The increase in litigations over the past years is a warning to the potential future litigations concerning Intellectual Property.

Statistics in the United States show that:

The most commonly requested product classes are:

  • Electric/Scientific (class 9)
  • Clothing/Shoes (class 25)
  • Paper/Printing (class 16)

The most commonly requested service classes are:

  • Publicity/Business (class 35)
  • Education/Entertainment (class 41)
  • Computer/Science/Legal (class 42)

*https://www.uspto.gov/trademarks-application-process/appealing-trademark-decisions/ttab-incoming-filings-and-performance

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