Can you add classes to an existing trademark at a later date, or will it need to be filed again?

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Written by Jan Buza

Co-founder of Trama

No, after filing your trademark with the IP office, you won't be able to add any more classes. You can always file a second application for a new class(es) later and own two trademark certificates, but that would be subject to an additional fee, and your second application will have to be assessed again.

Bear in mind the success of the second assessment is not guaranteed. The examiner will evaluate the mark in the context of the new classes, where your brand might not be considered distinctive enough or where it might encounter opposition from a trademark that is similar to yours and registered in one of your new classes. However, that doesn't mean you can avoid this risk by registering in all classes at once.

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