How does the number of trademark classes affect the registration fee?

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Written by Jan Buza

Co-founder of Trama

The number of trademark classes you select can affect the registration fee associated with your trademark application. The registration fee structure can vary depending on the jurisdiction or trademark office where you are applying for registration. Here are a few common scenarios:

  • Flat Fee: Some jurisdictions charge a flat fee for trademark registration, regardless of the number of classes included in the application. In this case, the registration fee remains the same, irrespective of whether you choose one class or multiple classes.
  • Per Class Fee: Other jurisdictions employ a per class fee structure, where the registration fee increases with each additional class included in the application. In such cases, you will be required to pay a fee for each class of goods or services specified in your application.
  • Combination Fee: Certain jurisdictions have a combination fee structure, where the initial registration fee covers a certain number of classes, and an additional fee is charged for each class beyond the included number. For example, the base fee may cover three classes, and an extra fee is levied for each class exceeding the initial three.

It's important to review the fee schedule of the specific trademark office where you are filing your application. The office's website or guidance documents typically outline the applicable fees and their relation to the number of classes. By understanding the fee structure in advance, you can plan your budget accordingly when applying for trademark registration.

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