|Trademark Classification and Identification of Goods
|Referenced Items (341, 342, 343)
(343) Request for Suggestions
from the Public for Additions to the
Trademark Acceptable Identification of
Goods and Services Manual, Published by the
United States Patent and Trademark Office
The United States Patent and Trademark Office ("USPTO")
invites interested members of the public to submit, on an ongoing
basis, proposed identifications of goods or recitations of services for
entry in the Trademark Acceptable Identification of Goods and Services
Manual ("the ID Manual" or "the Manual").
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ari Leifman, Office of the
Commissioner for Trademarks, by telephone at (703) 308-8910, extension
155; or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
An application for trademark registration must include, inter
alia, a listing of the goods and/or services associated with the mark
for which registration is sought. 37 C.F.R. 2.21(a)(4). The ID
Manual sets forth a list of more than 12,500 acceptable identifications
of goods and recitations of services. The Manual is available to
applicants as an aid in drafting a suitable identification of goods
and/or recitation of services. Additionally, the Manual is used by the
USPTO as a guide in the examination of applications. If the
identification of goods or recitation of services in an application for
registration is drawn from the Manual, it will be accepted by the
At some time in the future, the USPTO may amend its rules of
practice to allow trademark applicants to choose between one of several
examination options or "tracks," including an expedited or
"fast" track. Application filing requirements may be specific to
particular tracks, and one requirement of the "fast" track may be
that in describing the goods or services covered by the application,
the applicant must use an identification or recitation that appears in
the ID Manual.
The ID Manual includes a wide range of entries, and the USPTO
frequently updates the Manual to add more entries. Nevertheless, at
times, 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 now
consider suggestions from the public for identifications or recitations
to add to the ID Manual.
A party should not suggest an identification or recitation that
has been included in an application for registration and was rejected
by an Examining Attorney.
A party wishing to suggest an addition to the ID Manual should
submit the following, via email, to email@example.com:
(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; and
(3) The proposed identification of goods or recitation of services. The
proposed identification of goods or recitation of services should be
concise and should not exceed twenty-five words.
After a proposed identification or recitation is received at
the USPTO, it will be reviewed by the Administrator for Trademark
Identifications, Classification and Practice ("the Administrator").
The Administrator will determine whether to include the identification
or recitation in the Manual. Additionally, the Administrator may elect
to enter a modified version of the proposed identification or
recitation in the Manual. The Administrator will inform the party that
submitted the suggestion whether it is accepted, rejected, or accepted
in a modified form.
March 8, 2003 LYNNE BERESFORD
Deputy Commissioner for
Trademark Examination Policy
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