Trademark Class 22: Ropes and Textile Products

Choose Class 22 if you are registering a trademark for ropes, string, nets, tents, and awnings.

In categorizing 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 22 includes ropes, string, nets, tents, awnings, tarpaulins, sails, sacks, bags, padding and stuffing materials, and raw fibrous textile materials. It also includes cords and twines (both natural and artificial) for fibers, paper or plastics.

For a complete listing of all goods in Class 22, see below. For more information about trademarks and federal registration, see Nolo's articles on Trademark law.

Examples of Trademarks in Class 22

Consider marks such as DUBOSE STRAPPING INCORPORATED (metal strapping), XTRA HANDZ (all-purpose straps), and LADDERBUNGEE (tie down straps), all good examples of trademarks that would fall into Class 22.

You would not use Class 22 if you were registering strings for musical instruments, however, which would be registered under Class 15 - Musical Instruments.

Related or Coordinated Classes

If you are not sure whether you should register in Class 22, you might also consider the following “coordinated” classes: Class 23 - Yarns and Threads, Class 24 - Textiles, 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 PTO has determined that applicants filing within Class 22 often file in the coordinated classes, too.

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 PTO's trademark database.

Furnishing Specimens for Class 22

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 22 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 22 goods is an acceptable specimen. For example, gasoline pumps are viewed as 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 22 Based on Taxonomy

  • Raw textile fibers and substitutes, animal hair, camel hair, carbon fibers [fibers] for textile use, carded wool, coconut fiber [fiber]/coconut fiber/coconut fiber, cocoons, combed wool, cotton tow, esparto grass, fleece wool, fibrous gaskets for ships, glass fibers [fibers] for textile use, hemp, hemp bands, horsehair, jute, liber, linters, plastic fibers [fibers] for textile use, raffia, ramie fiber, raw or treated wool, raw linen [flax], raw fibrous textile, raw cotton, raw silk, schappe [raw silk waste]/silk waste, shorn wool, silk flock, textile fibers [fibers]/textile fibers/textile fibers, tow, vitreous silica fibers [fibers] for textile use, wool flock, Goods made of textile and fibers, covers for camouflage, tarred brattice cloth.
  • Slings and bands, bands, not of metal, for wrapping or binding, braces, not of metal, for handling loads/harness, not of metal, for handling loads, hammocks, ladder tapes for venetian blinds/ladder tapes or webbing for venetian blinds, slings, not of metal, for handling loads, straps, not of metal, for handling loads/belts, not of metal, for handling loads, strips for tying-up vines, wrapping or binding bands, not of metal.
  • Bags and sacks for packaging, storage and transport, bags for washing hosiery, bags [sacks] for the transport and storage of materials in bulk, body bags, mail bags, sacks [bags] of textile, for packaging/bags [envelopes, pouches] of textile, for packaging.
  • Tarpaulins, awnings, tents, and unfitted coverings, awnings of textile, awnings of synthetic materials, tarpaulins, tents/awnings, vehicle covers, not fitted.
  • Sails, canvas for sails, sails, sails for ski sailing.
  • Ropes and strings, binding thread, not of metal, for agricultural purposes, cables, not of metal, car towing ropes, cords for hanging pictures, packing string, packing rope, rope ladders, ropes, ropes, not of metal, sash cords, sheaf-binding yarns, string, thread, not of metal, for wrapping or binding, twine made of paper, wax ends, whipcord.
  • Nets, nets for camouflage, fishing nets, net pens for fish farming, nets, network, purse seines, snares [nets], twine for nets.
  • Padding and stuffing materials, cotton waste [flock] for padding and stuffing, down [feathers], eiderdown, feathers for bedding, feathers for stuffing upholstery, flock [stuffing], grasses for upholstering, kapok, packing [cushioning, stuffing] materials, not of rubber or plastics, padding materials, not of rubber or plastics/stuffing, not of rubber or plastic, sawdust, seaweed for stuffing/sea wrack, sisal, straw for stuffing upholstery, straw wrappers for bottles/bottle envelopes of straw/packing, of straw, for bottles, upholstery wool [stuffing], wadding for filtering, wadding for padding and stuffing upholstery, wood wool, wood shavings.

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