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Proposing New Entries to the Acceptable Identification of Goods and Services Manual (ID Manual)

The ID Manual includes a wide range of acceptable identifications of goods and recitations of services that may be used to describe an applicant’s goods or services when filing a trademark application.  Selecting an entry from the ID Manual may facilitate the filing process, and also is a requirement for filing a TEAS Plus electronic application.  37 C.F.R. §2.22(8); TMEP §819.01(g).

While the USPTO frequently updates the ID Manual to add new entries, the ID Manual may not include identifications or recitations that describe recently developed goods or services.  To enhance the usefulness of the ID Manual, the USPTO will consider suggestions from the public to add new identifications and recitations.

How to Submit a Proposal

You should send your request to add an entry to the ID Manual to TMIDSuggest@uspto.gov and include the following:

1. The name of the party submitting the proposed identification of goods or recitation of services;

2. An email address for correspondence pertaining to the proposed identification of goods or recitation of services;

3. The proposed identification(s) of goods or recitation(s)  of services,  not exceeding twenty-five (25) words and not exceeding three (3) individual proposals in one email; and

4. Evidence such as screenshots, if available, that demonstrates the relevant industry’s generic use of terminology describing new and/or recently developed goods or services that is the subject of the proposal(s).

Guidelines for Proposals

1. Do not submit an identification or recitation that has been included in an application for registration currently pending with the USPTO or wording an Examining Attorney has already rejected.  The mailbox is not the proper place to discuss matters pending with the USPTO.

2. An identification or recitation must be specific, definite, clear, accurate, and concise.  TMEP §1402.01.  On the other hand, overly specific and lengthy identifications are generally not beneficial to a wide range of applicants, and therefore not appropriate for inclusion in the ID Manual.

3. While a proposed identification or recitation may include recognized industry terms, it may be determined that such terminology is overly broad for purposes of international classification and USPTO policy, and therefore not appropriate for inclusion in the ID Manual

4. Because the sole purpose of the TMIDSuggest mailbox is to facilitate the submission and consideration of descriptions of goods and services for possible inclusion in the ID Manual, it is not appropriate to:   

   - engage in extended discussions of identifications or recitations;

   - ask for legal advice on identifications or classifications or other trademark matters; and/or

   - submit questions regarding substantive trademark matters or application filing procedures.

If proposals for identifications or recitations have been rejected after numerous revisions, you should consider filing a “regular” TEAS (i.e., non-TEAS Plus) application and working with the assigned examining attorney to develop an acceptable identification.  Discussions of USPTO identification and classification policy and whether a proposed description meets the policy requirements are most properly held with the examining attorney assigned to your application.

After the USPTO receives a proposed identification or recitation, the Office of Trademark Classification Policy and Practice will review the proposal and determine whether to include it in the ID Manual.  You will receive a reply email indicating that your proposal has been accepted, rejected, or accepted in a modified form.

More Information

For detailed information about USPTO policy on identification and classification of goods and services, please consult TMEP Chapter 1400.  For more information regarding the establishment of the TMIDSuggest mailbox, consult the April 1, 2003 Official Gazette Notice.

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