Trademark Class 29: Meat, Fish, Poultry

Choose Class 29 if you are registering a trademark for meat, fish, poultry, cooked fruits and vegetables, jellies and edible oils.

In classifying federal trademarks, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) divides marks into 45 different "classes" of products or services. The purpose of these classes is to allow different types of businesses to register their trademarks into categories most related to their core business. Class 29, an important culinary class, includes meat, fish, poultry, game, and meat extracts, as well as preserved, frozen, dried and cooked fruits and vegetables, jellies, jams, compotes, eggs, milk and milk products, edible oils, and fats.

For a complete listing of all goods in Class 29, see below. For more information about trademarks and federal registration, see Nolo's articles on Trademark law.

Examples of Trademarks in Class 29

KEITH’S FARM (sausages), YOPLAIT SPLITS (dairy products excluding ice cream) and SPICKLES (spicy pickles) are all examples of common Class 29 marks.

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You would not use Class 29 if you were registering a mark for:

Related or Coordinated Classes

If you are not sure whether you should register in Class 29, you might also consider the following “coordinated” classes: Class 5 - Pharmaceuticals, Class 30 - Coffee, Flour, Rice, Class 31 - Grains, Agriculture, Class 32 - Beers and Beverages, Class 33 - Alcoholic Beverages, Class 35 - Advertising and Business Services, and 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 29 often file in these other classes, too.

The class system will also determine your total trademark fees. 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 PTO's trademark database.

Specimens for Class 29

If you are registering a mark that is currently being 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 29 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 29 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.

Complete Listing of All Goods in Class 29 Based on Taxonomy

  • Meats, animal marrow for food, bacon, charcuterie, game, not live, gelatin, ham, liver, meat, meat extracts, meat, preserved, tinned [canned (Am.)], pork, poultry, not live, black pudding [blood sausage]/black pudding/blood sausage, salted meats, sausages, tripe.
  • Meat spreads, meat extracts; preserve meats.
  • Frozen vegetables, dried and cooked fruits and vegetables; jellies, jams, compotes; eggs, milk and milk products; edible oils and fats.
  • Milk, milk beverages, milk predominating, milk products, milk shakes, milk ferments for culinary purposes, milk of almonds for culinary purposes, condensed milk, soya milk “milk substitute,” prostokvasha “soured milk.”
  • Olives, olive oil for food, preserved olives.
  • Coconut butter, coconut, desiccated coconut fat, coconut oil.
  • Nuts, ground nuts, almonds, sunflower oil for food, sunflower seeds, prepared sunflowers, peanuts, prepared peanuts, peanut butter, peanut milk for culinary purposes, sesame oil.
  • Fish and seafood, fish fillets, preserved fish, tinned or canned fish, fish mousses fish roe, salmon products, caviar, crayfish, foods made from fish, lobster products, spiny lobsters, oyster products, shellfish products, clams, prawns, crustaceans, sardines, shrimp, mussels, seaweed products, silkworm chrysalis, sea-cucumbers.
  • Cheeses and dairy, charcuterie, croquettes, butter, buttercream, compotes, butter, buttercream, margarine
    marmalade, jams, jellies for food, liver pâté, liver pastes, ginger jam, gelatin.
  • Fruits, preserved fruit, stewed fruit, fruit jellies, fruit pulp, fruit salads, fruit peel, fruit chips, fruit preserved in alcohol, fruit-based snack food, frozen fruits, canned or tinned fruits, crystallized fruits, frosted fruits, dates
  • Meat, sausages, sausages in batter, salted meats, poultry, chicken, duck, hen, quail, game, pork, ham

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