The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has announced that it will publish new and updated goods and services identifications and classifications in its ID Manual. The update will be effective January 1, 2016. Classifying goods and services in a trademark application utilizing the ID Manual reduces the chances that an office action will issue seeking a clarification and/or amendment via an office action and may lead to a quicker acceptance and approval of a trademark application.
For businesses and individuals contemplating applying for a trademark application, it is worth considering whether it would be advisable to apply before the changes are applied or perhaps wait until after the changes are implemented.
To learn more, contact our Intellectual Property Department Chair Anita G. Fox at firstname.lastname@example.org or 517.377.0837. Over the past three decades, Anita has managed complex cases in federal and state courts in Michigan and nationwide, spanning literally from coast-to-coast and in more than 20 states.