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A name by any other name - may not be a trademark. Look up other kinds of identification and where to find out more:

>> see Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms

Certificates of Label Approval are issued by ATF for alcoholic beverages offered for sale in the United States, with limited exceptions (e.g., intrastate).

Permits to manufacture tobacco products or operate tobacco export warehouses.

Federal licenses for manufacturers, importers and dealers of explosives; certain users of explosives are required to obtain a Federal permit.

Firearms licenses and licensee qualification and compliance inspections.

Treasury Department’s Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB, formerly the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms

ATIN Adoption Taxpayer Identification Number - a temporary nine-digit number issued by the IRS to individuals who are in the process of legally adopting a U.S. citizen or resident child but who cannot get an SSN for that child in time to file their tax return >> see IRS

Bar Codes

See UPC below.
Call Signs

Station IDs and Call signs - identify the nationality of the station, the type of station, and the individual station - the "license plates" that identify communication traffic on the radio highways.


>> see other FCC online registrations for

Antenna Structure Registration; Broadband Licensing; Broadcast Radio and Television; Cable; international: Call Signs; space station, earth station, cable landing license; international signaling point code (ISPC), data network identification code (DNIC), foreign carrier affiliation and more; three-digit Grantee Code and equipment authorization (FCC ID #) to legally market equipment subject to certification in the United States; Telecommunications Certification Bodies (TCBs) ; Universal Licensing System for wireless telecommunications

CAS Registry Numbers A CAS Registry Number is a numeric identifier that can contain up to 10 digits, divided by hyphens into three parts. Each CAS Registry Number uniquely identifies a specific chemical substance. >> see CAS Registry for more
CT Number Cargo Tank Facility Number assigned to companies that manufacture, assemble, inspect, test, certify or repair a cargo tank or a cargo tank vehicle - see Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration - online registration: FMCSA Registration & Updates
Customs & Border Protection Copyright, Trademark and Trade Name recordation for Intellectual Property Rights enforcement >> see recordation forms; search IPRS database
Domain Names You can register a trademark for web site domain names under special circumstances but we do not issue domain names - that service is provided by a number of >> certified registering authorities
Drivers Licenses Drivers licenses and Vehicle registrations - see links to State offices
EIN Employer Identification Number - federal tax identification for businesses >> see IRS
Fastener Quality Act Insignia The USPTO records Fastener Insignia in accordance with the Fastener Quality Act. >> More about FQA
FDA Product Codes Use the online FDA (Food and Drug Administration) Product Code Builder >> see FDA databases
FTC - Product Labelling The Fair Packaging and Labeling Act ( 15 U.S.C. §§ 1451-1461) governs a number of labeling requirements for various industry sectors: appliances; dairy products; alternative fuels & vehicles;energy efficiency; environmental marketing - "green" guides; household furniture; jewelry, precious metals & pewter; "Made in the USA"; and textile, wool, fur & apparel.
FTC - RN Federal Trade Commission Registration Number - registered identification number or RN is a number issued by the Federal Trade Commission, upon request, to a business residing in the U.S. that is engaged in the manufacture, importing, distribution, or sale of textile, wool, or fur products. Such businesses are not required to have RNs. They may, however, use the RN in place of a name on the label or tag that is required to be affixed to these products. >> online registration
IP Addresses Internet Protocol Addresses, Domain Name Services, Protocol Number Assignment and a number of other internet numbering and scherma references are maintained by the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) , see also Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) which has resources of interest to the Intellectual Property community.

International Standard Book Number - for publishing industry - see ISBN U.S. agency

[same organization also handles Standard Address Number (SAN), a unique seven-digit identifier used to signify a specific address of an organization in (or served by) the publishing industry - American National Standard, ANSI/NISO Z39.43-1993]

ISSN International Standard Serial Number, an international identifier for serially published items (such as magazines) - assigned to serials published in the United States by the National Serials Data Program of the Library of Congress
ITIN Individual Taxpayer Identification Number, assigned by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to certain nonresident and resident aliens, their spouses, and dependents. It is a 9-digit number, beginning with the number "9", formatted like an SSN (NNN-NN-NNNN) >> see IRS; obtain IRS Form W-7 and instructions [PDF]
Land Patents are not granted for intellectual property, but are for a form of real property and are administered by the Bureau of Land Management, Dept. of Interior. >> search Land Patents
MC/FF/MX Number also called an Operating Authority for interstate for-hire motor carriers and brokers - see Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration - online registration: FMCSA Registration & Updates
Motor Carrier Number also known as a USDOT Number - Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration -online Motor Carrier operation (truck and passenger carrier) registration: FMCSA Registration & Updates

North American Industry Classification Codes (NAICS)

>> about NAICS

>> bridge former SIC codes to current NAICS codes

National Do Not Call Registry

FTC site for registering telephone numbers to stop unwanted telemarketing calls.

>> register online at NDNCR

Native American Tribal Insignia The USPTO records Native American Tribal Insignia in the searchable Trademarks database. >> more about NATI

National Drug Code >> registration U.S. Food and Drug Administration ; online searchable database NDC Directory

list of searchable FDA databases >> FDA databases

NHRIC National Health Related Items Code >> U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Identification for travel outside US borders

>> see State Department

PTIN Preparer Taxpayer Identification Number - for paid tax return preparers who do not wish to disclose their SSN on returns >> see IRS

Specially Designated Nationals and other persons whose property is blocked, to assist the public in complying with the various sanctions programs administered by OFAC

>> see Treasury / Office of Foreign Assets Control

Seafood names The Seafood List >> see FDA databases (under Foods and Dietary Supplements)

Social Security Numbers

>> how to obtain SSN

>> employer verification of SSN

Standards Services and Laboratories Department of Commerce's NIST, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, administers an number of standards services and maintains a directory of accredited laboratories for callibration and product testing, . >> see Standards and Technical Regulations (NIST)

Taxpayer Identification Number - an identification number used by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in the administration of tax laws. It is issued either by the Social Security Administration (SSA) or by the IRS. A Social Security number (SSN) is issued by the SSA whereas all other TINs are issued by the IRS. Forms of TIN include ATIN, EIN, ITIN, PTIN, SSN>> see IRS

UPC Universal Product Code (bar code)

The Uniform Code Council, Inc. (UCC) is a not-for-profit, tax-exempt standards organization, originally founded in 1972 as the Uniform Grocery Product Code Council. Today the UCC administers the Universal Product Code (U.P.C.) for over 200,000 member companies doing business in 141 countries worldwide. In close cooperation with its global partner, EAN International, the UCC functions as a primary resource for business and industry, coordinating worldwide identification codes, data transport media, and electronic communication standards.

It is important to note that the UCC is a privately owned and operated organization.

>> Uniform Code Council, Inc.

Vessel Marks National Vessel Documentation Center
VIN Number

Vehicle Identification Number and parts markings - National Highway Traffic Safety (Department of Transportation) >> see Information for New Manufacturers and Registered Importers

>> FAQ about looking up VINs

Vital Records

Birth, marriage and death certificates

>> see CDC links to State offices

ZIP Codes

Zone Improvement Plan - for U.S. mail delivery

>> about ZIP Codes

>> search ZIP Codes

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