This article will cover class 22 trademark protections. Class 22 includes textiles and related goods.
If you own your own business, you probably have created a brand to set yourself apart from your competition. In order to protect that brand, you can register a trademark with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
What Is a Trademark?
A trademark is an image, logo, design, phrase, word, etc. that establishes you as the original source of your product and sets you apart from your competition. It is a branding tool to help you become recognizable to your consumer base and distinguish you from your competition.
How to Apply to Register Your Trademark
If you plan on expanding your business, consider registering your trademark. Although common law protections can be enough for local businesses, registering a mark will increase the scope of your protection.
You can register for a trademark online with the USPTO. Although you can complete this process on your own, consulting an attorney will help your chances of getting your application approved.
Registering a Class 22 Trademark
When you register a trademark with the USPTO, you gain protection from infringement within the same industry. If a mark has a registration in the same international trademark class, there’s a good chance trying to register a similar mark will cause confusion in the marketplace. When you apply, you will need to include the class or classes that your goods or services fall under.
If you bring legal action against someone infringing on your trademark rights or someone accuses you of infringement, a likelihood of confusion has to exist. This means that because of the misuse of a trademark, consumers are likely to mix up two marks.
In order to avoid infringing on someone else’s rights, use the Trademark Electronic Search System (TESS) to do research. If you come across a trademark, active or inactive, that has a similar mark in your industry and you are concerned about infringing on the rights of the owner, consider contacting an attorney to help you avoid future legal troubles.
What Is Trademark Class 22?
International trademark class 22 covers textiles including ropes, materials for ship and boat building, padding materials, cushioning and stuffing materials, raw fibrous materials, other textiles, and some other miscellaneous items.
Materials for Ship and Boat Building
Ship and boat building require materials like canvas and other textiles. Many of these textiles are a part of this class.
Textiles used in ship and boat building that are in class 22 include: canvas for sails, fibrous gaskets for ships, fishing nets, sails, sails for ski sailing, and tarpaulins.
Ropes and other binding goods make up a large part of this class.
Rope and binding related goods in this class include: non-metal binding thread for agricultural purposes; non-metal bindings; non-metals braces and harnesses for handling loads; car towing robes; cords for hanging pictures; packing string and rope; rope ladders; non-metal ropes; sash cords; sheaf-binding yarns; slings, straps, and belts for handling loads; string; strips for tying vines; tow; non-metal thread for wrapping or binding; twine made of paper; twine for nets; and whipcord.
Fibers used for padding in this class include: cotton waste for padding, also known as flock; padding materials not made of rubber, plastic, paper or cardboard; and wadding for padding.
Cushioning and Stuffing Materials
Just like materials for padding, materials and fibers for cushioning and stuffing are in class 22.
These goods include: cotton waste for stuffing, also known as flock; feathers for bedding and upholstery; grasses for upholstery, seaweed for stuffing, straw for stuffing upholstery, and wadding for upholstery.
Raw Fibrous Textile Materials
Many of the fibrous textiles in this class are treated before being put on the marketplace. These items in their raw forms are in this class.
The raw fibrous materials in trademark class 22 are: animal hair, camel hair, carbon fibers for textile use, coconut fiber, cocoons, combed wool, raw cotton, cotton tow, down feathers, eiderdown, esparto grass, fleece wool, glass fibers for textile use, hemp and hemp bands, horsehair, jute, raw linen also known as flax, pig bristles, raffia, ramie fiber, schappe and silk waste, shorn wool, raw silk, silk flock, sisal, vitreous silica fibers for textile use, wood shavings, wool, wool flock, and raw wool.
Some processed or treated textile materials in class 22 include: textile awnings; awnings made of synthetic materials; bags envelopes and pouches made of textiles for packaging; brattice cloth; carded wool; covers and nets for camouflage; dust sheets and drop cloths; hammocks; kapok; nets; outdoor blinds made of textiles; plastic fibers used in textiles; tents; vehicle covers (not fitted); and treated wool.
Other Items in This Class
There are a few other goods protected in class 22.
Some other goods in this class are: animal feeding nets, body bags, ladder tapes for Venetian blinds, liber, linter machines, mail bags, mesh bags for washing laundry, net pens for fish farming, sacks for transport and storage of materials in bulk, sawdust, snares, straw wrappers for bottles, straw envelopes, packing straw, wadding for filtering, wax ends, and non-metal wrapping or binding bands.
The majority of classes related to this class contain goods that are classified by the materials used to manufacture them. For example, even though most ropes are in class 22, ropes made of metal are in class 6 because it classifies common metal goods.
If you work with textiles, consider consulting class 23. Although trademark class 22 includes some twines, string, and thread, class 23 also covers yarn and thread for textile use.
What Is Not Included in Trademark Class 22?
The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) notes a few items that are not in this class. Items specifically excluded from class 22 are:
- Metal ropes (Cl. 6)
- Strings for musical instruments (Cl. 15)
- Strings for sports rackets (Cl. 28)
- Padding and stuffing materials made of paper or cardboard (Cl. 15)
- Padding and stuffing materials made of rubber or plastics (Cl. 17)
- Safety nets (Cl. 9)
- Luggage nets for vehicles (Cl. 12)
- Garment bags for travel (Cl. 18)
- Hair nets (Cl. 26)
- Golf bags and nets for sports (Cl. 28)
- Paper and plastic packaging bags (Cl. 16)
- Rubber packaging bags (Cl. 17)
- Leather packaging bags (Cl. 18)
A trademark is a branding tool to set you apart from your competition and show your customer that you are the origin of the product or service.
When you register, you will need to include the international trademark class or class best suited to your good or service. If your products fall under trademark class 22, they are textile related goods including ropes and other items.
Be sure to contact a lawyer to streamline the process and ensure that your trademark application is accurate.