This article will cover class 26 trademark protections. Trademark Class 26 protects cloth and clothing finishing, artificial decorative items, and other types of accessories and sewing goods.
Registering a trademark is a great way to protect your brand. When you register a trademark with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), you will need to know which international trademark class or classes best fit your product or service.
What Is a Trademark?
A trademark is an image, logo, design, slogan, phrase, etc. that shows that you are the origin of your product or service. Trademarks also set your good or service apart from your competitions’.
Registering a Class 26 Trademark
Registering a trademark with the USPTO helps you gain additional protections for your brand in case someone infringes on your trademark rights.
Remember when you register a trademark, you gain protection from infringement in the same industry. You will only be able to win damages if you can prove the infringement is likely to cause confusion in the marketplace. For this reason, it is important to use the right international trademark class when you fill out an application.
What Is a Class 26 Trademark?
Trademark class 26 primarily includes textile and sewing goods as well as other artificial accessories and decorative pieces. A good way to classify these goods is by thinking about items used for finishing clothing and other superficial items.
Hair Related Goods
There are many hair-related goods in trademark class 26. Although these items are not directly related to sewing or textiles, think of them as accessories and decorative pieces.
The hair-related items in this class are: decorative articles for hair, false bears, false hair, false mustaches, hair bands, hair grips, bobby pins, hair curling pins, barrettes, hair slides, pins, hair nets, hair coloring caps, hair curling papers, hair extensions, electric and non-electric hair curlers, human hair, hair ribbons, plaited hair, tresses of hair, toupees, and wigs.
Hooks and Closures
Items used for finishing clothing include hooks and closures. The related items in this class are: belt clasps, blouse and dress fasteners, eyelets for clothing, fastenings for clothing, fastenings for braces and suspenders, hook and pile fastening tapes, hooks for corsets, snap fasteners, trouser clips for cyclists, zip and slide fasteners, and zippers for bags.
There are some textiles in this class. For the most part, these textiles are used for detailing and decorating clothing.
The textiles in this class include: chenille, cords for clothing and trimming, embroidery, lacework frills, frills for clothing, fringes, lace trimmings, picot, spangles for clothing, and woolen laces
Some accessories and decorative items are in class 26. Note that jewelry is not a part of this class.
Accessories in trademark class 26 include: non-precious metal badges, beads other than for making jewelry, birds’ feathers, braids, brassards, armbands, brooches, buckles, charms not used for jewelry or key rings/chains, competitors’ numbers, feathers, festoons, hat trimmings, mica spangles, ostrich feathers, pins that are not jewelry, and shoulder pads for clothing.
Misc. Decorative and Display Goods
In addition to wearable accessories, there are some decorative items that are also in this class.
These items include: artificial flowers, fruit, plants, garlands, Christmas garlands with and without lights, Christmas wreaths with and without lights; entomological pins; prize ribbons; non-paper ribbons and bows for gift wrapping; silver and gold embroidery; and wreaths made of artificial flowers
The majority of the items in class 26 are for sewing and making clothing and textiles. These goods include equipment for sewing, knitting, and crocheting. Items used for the construction of various garments are also in this class.
The goods used for sewing in this class are: appliqués, binding needles, bobbins for retaining embroidery floss or wool that are not parts of machines, bodkins, buttons, collar supports, corset busks, whalebones for corsets, crochet hooks and needles, darning needles and lasts, edgings for clothing, embroidery needles, expanding bands for holding sleeves, false hems, hat bands, hear adhesive patches for repairing and decorating textiles, knitting needles, letters for marking linen, needle cushions, needle cases, needle-threaders, needles, needles for wool combing machines, monogram tabs for marking linen, numerals for marking linen, pin cushions, rug hooks, saddlers’ needles, sewing needles, sewing boxes, thimbles, sewing kits, shuttles for making fishnets, shuttles for making fishnets, skirt flounces, and tapes for curtain headings
A haberdasher is someone who deals in men’s clothing or dressmaking more generally. Haberdashery goods in this class include: dressmakers’ articles except for threads, ribbons, bows, hooks, rosettes, and tassels
Shoe Related Goods
Just like items for finishing clothing, items for finishing shoes are also in trademark class 26. These goods include: shoe fasteners, hooks, laces, trimmings, eyelets, buckles, and shoemakers’ needles
What Is Not in Class 26?
The World Intellectual Property notes some items that are not in international trademark class 26. These items include:
- Certain types of hooks
- Certain types of needles
- False eyelashes (Cl. 3)
- Hair Prostheses (Cl. 10)
- Jewelry charms and charms for key rings/chains (Cl. 14)
- Yarns and threads for textile use (Cl. 23)
If you are thinking about registering a class 26 good, consider the related classes that might also fit your product.
Class 14 includes jewelry. If you are doing beadwork or work with charms, make sure you check to see if your product is in class 14 instead of this class.
Classes 23-25 include yarns and threads, fabrics, and clothing. A lot of the products in these classes are very close to items in trademark class 26. If you are unsure if you need to register for more than one class or in one of the others listed, contact an attorney for help.
International trademark class protects decorative items and items related to sewing and cloth finishing. If you want to register a trademark to protect your brand, consider contacting an attorney to help you figure out if class 26 is the right class for your business, and to help with the rest of your application.