The ID Manual contains a listing of acceptable identifications of goods and services. Any entry you choose must accurately describe your goods and/or services.
Failure to list the goods and/or services accurately with which you are using or intend to use your mark could prevent you from registering your mark.
Need more information on how to identify your goods or services? Watch the Trademark Information "how-to" video on "Goods and Services."
Or need more information on how use in commerce and intent to use differ? Watch the "Filing Basis" video.
Please see below for updated Quick Tips or click on "Searching the ID Manual" for detailed information on searching and use of the ID Manual features.
Please click on the "Guidance for Users" link below for information about the ID Manual's features, general identification and classification notices,
and for guidance on identifying and/or classifying specific goods and services. For information about USPTO policy on identification and classification of goods and services,
please also consult Chapter 1400 of the Trademark Manual of Examining Procedure (TMEP).
How to enter a search:
Enter search term(s) in the search box. The default setting "Basic Fields" will search the basic table
fields (IC, GS, ED, DE, ST and TL). Press "Submit Query" to execute the search.
The "Reset" button will delete contents of the search box and return to the "Basic Fields" selection.
Searches conducted using the "Basic Fields" search field may be further refined
by checking the appropriate checkboxes to return entries with a particular status.
Entries with a status of A, M, and X are active entries that are generally
acceptable as written.
The letter "A" is used to indicate that the entry was Added
to the ID Manual.
The letter "M" is used to indicate an entry which has been
Modified since originally added to the ID Manual.
The letter "X" indicates an entry
that is an Example of an acceptable identification of goods or services; the
Example entries often include more detail than is required for an acceptable
identification. Example entries may also include minor grammatical differences
from an "A" entry, such as pluralization of an "A" entry (e.g., beer ("A") and beers ("X")).
The letter "D" indicates an entry that has been Deleted from the ID
Manual as of the indicated effective date.
The status checkboxes will default to
select the active entries (entries with A, M, and X statuses) as retrieved entries.
To include a particular status in the search results, check the box(es) next to the
desired status. Multiple boxes may be checked. To exclude a particular status from the search results, uncheck
box next to that status.
To search individual fields, select a field code from the pull down
options. For example, to search the Note field, choose "Note" from the "Choose Field"
pull down options and any term entered in the search box will be searched only in the
Notes field. CAUTION: The status checkboxes cannot be used if a specific field is selected
other than "Basic Fields" search field. For further information, see How to Use the Choose Field Search Options.
Use the "Refine Search" box located at the top of the results page to add terms to the original search.
This search box may be used to execute new searches. To execute a new search, delete the contents of the search box,
enter the new text to search and press "Submit Query" to execute the new search. The search will default to "Basic Fields".
Boolean Search Operators:
AND (e.g., automobile and repair; "016" and paint)
The search results will include only identifications containing both terms.
OR (e.g., cloth or fabric)
The search results will include identifications containing either term, as well as those containing both terms.
CAUTION: When conducting searches in the “Basic Fields” search field, a search using the Boolean Operator OR must be surrounded by parentheses
if less than all of the status checkboxes are selected. For further information, see How to Filter Search Results Using the Checkboxes.
NOT (e.g. publication not electronic; container not "017")
The search results will include identifications containing the term in front of the NOT operator but not identifications containing the term following the NOT.
“$” for truncation (e.g. comput$, web$site, $wear) The search results will include identifications containing an unlimited number of additional characters in that position of the root search term. For example, comput$ will retrieve computer, computing, computerized, computational, etc. $wear will retrieve loungewear, sleepwear, headwear, footwear, etc.
Paging through results:
When a search retrieves more than 30,000 results, the results will appear on two pages.
Use the right arrow > located below the first 30,000 results to view the next page and the left arrow < to view the previous page.
Copy/Paste from results:
To copy and paste from the results page, first highlight desired text. Select EDIT, COPY from menu bar (or right mouse click to access COPY). Switch to target location (i.e., word document, email, etc.) Click into target location. Select EDIT, PASTE SPECIAL from menu bar. Select UNFORMATTED TEXT from the displayed dialog box, then click the "OK" button to place text into the target location.
Notes are available for some Identifications. If a Note is available, an underscored letter "Y" will display in the Note column of the search results page. Perform a single left mouse click over the letter "Y" to view the note. Notes provide guidance, explanation and reference to modifications made to entries over time.
Entries designated with a "T" in the "TM5" field are entries acceptable in the USPTO, the Japanese Patent Office ("JPO"), the European Union Intellectual Property Office ("EUIPO"), the Korean Intellectual Property Office ("KIPO") and the Chinese State Administration for Industry and Commerce ("SAIC").