Class 18 includes mainly leather, leather imitations, travel goods not included in other classes and saddlery. Class 18 is one of 45 classes used by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) when grouping products or services.
Examples of trademarks in Class 18 include:
AVEDA (reusable carrying cases), CHANEL (telephone cases), SATIVA (luggage trunks), BHAKTI BAGS (all purpose sports bags).
You would choose Class 18 if you were registering any of these types of goods:
Leather and imitations of leather, and goods made of these materials and not included in other classes; animal skins, hides; trunks and travelling bags; umbrellas and parasols; walking sticks; whips, harness and saddlery. For a complete listing of all goods in Class 18, see below.
You would NOT use Class 18 if you were registering: clothing, footwear, headgear.
Related (Coordinated) Classes
If you are not sure whether you should register in Class 18, you might also consider the following “coordinated” classes: Class 14 - Precious Metals, Class 25 - Clothing, Class 35 - Advertising and Business Services, Class 42 - Science and Technology Services, and Class 44 - Medical and Vet Services. A coordinated class is one that is related to another class, usually because the USPTO has determined that applicants filing within Class 18 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 18
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 18 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 18 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
Complete Listing of All Goods in Class 18 Based on Taxonomy
- Sausage skins and imitations thereof, gut for making sausages.
- Umbrellas and parasols, frames for umbrellas or parasols, parasols, umbrella rings, umbrella or parasol ribs, umbrella sticks, umbrella covers, umbrella handles, umbrellas.
- Walking sticks, canes/walking sticks, mountaineering sticks/alpenstocks, walking stick seats, walking stick handles/walking cane handles.
- Luggage, bags, wallets and other carriers, attaché cases, bags for sports*, bags for climbers, bags for campers, bags [envelopes, pouches] of leather, for packaging/envelopes, of leather, for packaging/pouches, of leather, for packaging, bags*, beach bags, boxes of vulcanised fibre, briefcases, card cases [notecases], chain mesh purses, game bags [hunting accessories], garment bags for travel, handbag frames, handbags, hat boxes of leather, haversacks, key cases, music cases, net bags for shopping, pocket wallets, pouch baby carriers, purses, rucksacks/backpacks, school bags/school satchels, shopping bags, sling bags for carrying infants, slings for carrying infants, suitcase handles, suitcases, tool bags of leather, empty, travelling bags, travelling trunks, travelling sets [leatherware], trunks [luggage], valises, vanity cases, not fitted, wheeled shopping bags.
- Leather and imitation leather, pelts and hides, and goods made thereof, animal skins/pelts, boxes of leather or leather board, butts [parts of hides], cases, of leather or leatherboard, casings, of leather, for springs/casings, of leather, for plate springs, cattle skins, chamois leather, other than for cleaning purposes/skins of chamois, other than for cleaning purposes, chin straps, of leather, coverings of skins [furs], curried skins, fur/fur-skins, furniture coverings of leather, girths of leather, goldbeaters' skin, imitation leather, kid, leather laces, leather straps/leather thongs, leather twist/leather thread, leather, unworked or semi-worked, leatherboard, moleskin [imitation of leather], shoulder belts [straps] of leather/bandoliers/leather shoulder belts/leather shoulder straps, straps for soldiers' equipment, straps for skates, trimmings of leather for furniture/leather trimmings for furniture, valves of leather.
- Saddlery, whips and animal apparel, bits for animals [harness], blinkers [harness]/blinders [harness], bridles [harness], bridoons, cat o' nine tails, collars for animals, covers for horse-saddles/saddle cloths for horses, covers for animals/clothing for pets, fastenings for saddles, halters/head-stalls, harness straps/harness traces, harness for animals, harness fittings, horse collars, horse blankets, horseshoes, knee-pads for horses, leather leashes/leather leads, muzzles, nose bags [feed bags], pads for horse saddles, reins, riding saddles, saddle trees, saddlery, stirrup leathers, stirrups, parts of rubber for stirrups, straps of leather [saddlery], traces [harness], whips.