Class 17 includes
mainly electrical, thermal and acoustic insulating materials and plastics,
being for use in manufacture in the form of sheets, blocks and rods. Class 17 is one of 45 classes used by the U.S. Patent and
Trademark Office (USPTO) when grouping products or services.
trademarks in Class 17 include:
DUCK BRAND (duct tape) MAGNA SEAL (wax gaskets), LOCKIN’
POCKET (sealer coating for roofs), NOVATRAY (plastic trays)
You would choose
Class 17 if you were registering any of these types of goods:
Rubber, gutta-percha, gum, asbestos, mica and goods made
from these materials and not included in other classes; plastics in extruded
form for use in manufacture; packing, stopping and insulating materials;
flexible pipes, not of metal.For example, if you were registering a trademark for padding
and stuffing materials of rubber or plastics, you would register it in Class
17. For a complete listing of all goods in Class 17, see below.
If you are not sure whether you should register in Class 17,
you might also consider the following “coordinated” classes: Class 1 -
Chemicals, Class 2 -
Paints, Class 6 -
Common Metals, Class 19 -
Building Materials, Class 35 -
Advertising and Business Services, Class 37 -
Construction and Repair Services , Class 40 -
Material Treatment Services, Class 42 -
Science and Technology Services. A coordinated class is one that is
related to another class, usually because the USPTO has determined that
applicants filing within Class 17 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 17
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 17 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 17 goods is an acceptable
specimen. For example, gasoline pumps are normal containers or “packaging” for
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 17 Based on Taxonomy
pipes, tubes, hoses, and fittings therefor, including valves, canvas hose
pipes, clack valves of rubber, compressed air pipe fittings, not of metal, connecting
hose for vehicle radiators, flexible tubes, not of metal, hoses of textile
material, junctions, not of metal, for pipes/junctions for pipes, not of metal,
pipe gaskets/joint packings for pipes, pipe muffs, not of metal/pipe jackets,
not of metal, reinforcing materials, not of metal, for pipes, valves of
india-rubber or vulcanized fiber [fibre], watering hose.
sealants and fillers, asbestos packing, caulking materials, cotton wool for
packing [caulking], cylinder jointings, draught excluder strips/weatherstripping,
expansion joint fillers/fillers for expansion joints, gaskets/joint packings/seals,
chemical compositions for repairing leaks, lute, rubber stoppers, sealant
compounds for joints, stops of rubber, water-tight rings/stuffing rings, weatherstripping
and moisture proofing articles and materials, waterproof packings.
and barrier articles and materials, floating anti-pollution barriers, insulators
for cables, fiberglass [fibreglass] fabrics, for insulation/fiberglass fabrics
for insulation/fibreglass fabrics for insulation, fibreglass for insulation/fiberglass
for insulation/glass fibers, for insulation/glass fibres, for insulation, foils
of metal for insulating/metal foil for insulation, glass wool for insulation, insulating
fabrics, insulating materials, insulating felt, insulating gloves, insulating
oils, insulating paints, insulating plaster, insulating paper, insulating
varnish, insulating tape and band/insulating tape, insulating refractory
materials, insulators, mineral wool [insulator], substances for insulating
buildings against moisture, insulators for railway tracks, slag wool
[insulator], insulating oil for transformers.
insulation articles and materials, boiler composition to prevent the
radiation of heat, non-conducting materials for retaining heat, compositions to
prevent the radiation of heat.
insulation articles and materials, dielectrics [insulators], insulators for
electric mains, paper for electrical capacitors.
insulation articles and materials, bark coverings for sound insulation, soundproofing
resistant and fire preventive articles and materials, asbestos safety
curtains/safety curtains of asbestos, Unprocessed and semi-processed materials
included in the class, not specified for use, foil of regenerated cellulose,
other than for wrapping/sheets of regenerated cellulose, other than for
Mineral fibers, asbestos fibers [fibres]/asbestos fibers/asbestos fibres, asbestos
cloth, asbestos fabrics, asbestos millboards, asbestos slate/slate asbestos, asbestos
sheets, asbestos paper, asbestos felt, asbestos, mica, raw or partly processed.
plastic film other than for wrapping/plastic film, not for wrapping, plastic
substances, semi-processed, plastic fibers [fibres], not for textile use/plastic
fibers, not for use in textiles/plastic fibres, not for use in textiles, threads
of plastic materials, not for textile use, vulcanized fiber [fibre]/vulcanized
balata, cords of rubber, elastic yarns, not for use in textiles/elastic
threads, not for use in textiles, guttapercha, latex [rubber], liquid rubber, rings
of rubber, rubber, raw or semi-worked/gum, raw or partly processed, rubber
solutions, synthetic rubber, threads of rubber, not for use in textiles.
and composite materials, viscose sheets, other than for wrapping.
resins, acrylic resins [semi-finished products], ebonite [vulcanite]/vulcanite
[ebonite], synthetic resins [semi-finished products]/artificial resins
[semi-finished products], Cellulose
acetate, cellulose acetate, semi-processed.
fibre and glass wool, Carbon fibre, carbon fibers [fibres], other than for
textile use, Finished or semi-finished goods, of materials included in the
class, specified for use, bands of rubber for unscrewing jar lids, foam
supports for flower arrangements [semi-finished products], threads of plastic
for soldering/soldering threads of plastic, Tire restoration and repair
materials, rubber material for recapping tires [tyres]/rubber material for
- Molds, ebonite
[vulcanite] molds [moulds]/ebonite molds/ebonite moulds/vulcanite [ebonite]
and packing materials, vibration dampers, bags [envelopes, pouches] of
rubber, for packaging, packing [cushioning, stuffing] materials of rubber or
plastics, padding materials of rubber or plastics/stuffing of rubber or plastic,
rubber sleeves for protecting parts of machines/sleeves of rubber for
protecting parts of machines, shock-absorbing buffers of rubber, washers of
rubber or vulcanized fiber [fibre].
and works of art, Coverings, anti-dazzle films for windows [tinted films], asbestos
coverings, plastic sheeting for agricultural purposes.
jointings, connectors and spacers, not pipe fixings.
and semi-processed synthetic filtering materials, filtering materials
[semi-processed foams or films of plastic], Adhesive tapes, strips, bands and
films, adhesive bands, other than stationery and not for medical or household
purposes/adhesive tapes, other than stationery and not for medical or household
purposes, self-adhesive tapes, other than stationery and not for medical or
and brake linings, brake lining materials, partly processed, clutch linings.