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What is the difference between goods and services?

Goods are products, such as bicycles or candles. Services are activities performed for the benefit of someone else, such as bicycle rental services or catering.  The difference between goods and services may be confusing.   Are your customers paying for a product or paying you to perform a specific activity?  

If your customer is paying you for a product, such as a candle or bicycle, then you have goods.

However, if your customer is paying you to perform an activity, such as catering or bicycle rental, then you have services. You may list both goods and services in an application.  You must list the specific goods/services for which you want to register your mark. If you are filing based upon a current use of your trademark, you must be using the mark in commerce on all the goods/services listed. If you are filing based upon an intent to use your trademark in the future, you must have a good faith or bona fide intent to use the mark on all the goods/services listed.

Goods and services are sorted into categories called “International Classes ”. Each International Class requires a separate filing fee with the government.   Trademarkia makes the process very easy for you, just click here to get started in applying for your trademark.

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