Trademark Class 13: Firearms

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Class 13 includes firearms; ammunition and projectiles; explosives; and fireworks. This Class does not include, in particular: matches (Class 34 - Tobacco Products). Class 13 is one of 45 classes used by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) when grouping products or services. For a complete listing of all goods in Class 13, see below.

Examples of trademarks in Class 13 include:

TMSKY KING FIREWORKS (fireworks), DETROIT GUN WORKS (guns), 1st Round Rubber (ammunition for firearms)

Related (Coordinated) Classes

If you are not sure whether you should register in Class 13, you might also consider the following “coordinated” classes: Class 28 - Games and Sporting Goods, Class 35 - Advertising and Business Services, Class 42 - Science and Technology Services, and Class 45 - Legal and Security Services. A coordinated class is one that is related to another class, usually because the USPTO has determined that applicants filing within Class 13 often file in the coordinated classes, too.

Why use the class system? Trademark registration is based on a class system. For each class of goods or services that you register, you must pay a separate registration fee. So if you apply for a trademark for posters (Class 16) and shirts (Class 25), you must pay two fees. You must indicate the correct class at the time you are registering a trademark. If you list the incorrect class, you must start the application process over. Your registrations are restricted to those classes that encompass the goods or services you are already offering (as shown by the specimens you submit) or that you plan to offer (if you are registering on an intent-to-use basis). You may also need information about the class number in order to narrow a search of the USPTO’s trademark database.

Specimens for Class 13

If the mark is used in commerce, you must furnish a specimen of the mark as consumers see it. The specimen must show the mark as used on or in connection with the goods in commerce.  A trademark specimen should be a label, tag, or container for the goods, or a display associated with the goods. A photocopy or other reproduction of a specimen of the mark as actually used on or in connection with the goods is acceptable. 

In most cases, where the trademark is applied to the goods or the containers for the goods in Class 13 by means of labels, a label is an acceptable specimen. Shipping or mailing labels may be accepted if they are affixed to the goods or to the containers for the goods and if proper trademark usage is shown. They are not acceptable if the mark as shown is merely used as a trade name and not as a trademark.  An example of this is the use of the term solely as a return address.

Stamping a trademark on the goods, on the container, or on tags or labels attached to the goods or containers, is a proper method of trademark affixation. The trademark may be imprinted in the body of the goods, as with metal stamping; it may be applied by a rubber stamp; or it may be inked on by using a stencil or template. When a trademark is used in this manner, photographs or facsimiles showing the actual stamping or stenciling are acceptable as specimens.

The terminology “applied to the containers for the goods” means applied to any type of commercial packaging that is normal for the particular goods as they move in trade.  Thus, a showing of the trademark on the normal commercial package for the particular Class 13 goods is an acceptable specimen.  For example, gasoline pumps are normal containers or “packaging” for gasoline.

A specimen showing use of the trademark on a vehicle in which the goods are marketed to the relevant purchasers may constitute use of the mark on a container for the goods, if this is the normal mode of use of a mark for the particular goods

For More Information on Trademarks and Federal Registration

See Nolo’s Trademark Center or consider Nolo’s Online Trademark Application

Complete Listing of All Goods in Class 13 Based on Taxonomy

  • Explosive substances and devices, other than arms, acetyl-nitrocellulose, ammonium nitrate explosives/nitrate of ammonia explosives, detonating plugs, detonating fuses for explosives/firing lanyards for explosives, detonating caps other than toys/percussion caps other than toys, detonators, dynamite, explosive powders, explosives, flare pistols, fuses for explosives, fuses for explosives, for use in mines, guncotton/pyroxylin, gunpowder, primings [fuses], pyrophoric substances.
  • Pyrotechnics, Bengal lights, firecrackers, fireworks, fog signals, explosive, pyrotechnic products, signal rockets.
  • Weapons and ammunition, air pistols [weapons], ammunition, artillery guns [cannons], automatic firearm ammunition belts, ballistic weapons/ballistic missiles, belts adapted for ammunition, breeches of firearms, cannons, apparatus for filling cartridge belts, cartridge cases, cartridge pouches, cartridge loading apparatus, cartridges, cleaning brushes for firearms, explosive cartridges, firearm sights, firearms, ammunition for firearms, firing platforms, gun carriages [artillery],  guns [weapons], gunstocks/gun stocks, hammers for guns and rifles/hammers for guns/hammers for rifles, hand grenades, harpoon guns [weapons], hunting firearms/sporting firearms, lead shot for hunting, machine guns, mines [explosives], mortars [firearms], motorized weapons, noise-suppressors for guns, pistols [arms], powder horns, projectiles [weapons], revolvers, rifle barrels/gun barrels, rifle cases/gun cases, rifles/carbines, rocket launchers, rockets [projectiles], shells [projectiles], shoulder straps for weapons/bandoliers for weapons, side arms [firearms], sighting mirrors for guns and rifles/sighting mirrors for guns/sighting mirrors for rifles, sights, other than telescopic sights, for firearms, sights, other than telescopic sights, for guns [artillery],  sprays for personal defense purposes/sprays for personal defence purposes, tanks [weapons], tear-gas weapons/tear gas weapons, torpedoes, trigger guards for guns and rifles/trigger guards for rifles, trunnions for heavy weapons.

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