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Vibha Nath (A)     16 May 2012

Service mark

Dear All,

I understand that there is much similarity between a service mark and a trademark. However, I want to know if the process of application for a service mark is different? Or if some thing special is to be written in an application for a service mark? Or whether, after applying under the same application, the mark SM can be used?

Thanks in advance.



 11 Replies

Deepak Nair (lawyer)     16 May 2012

Service Mark is Trade Mark itself and it is not different from Trade Mark. In certain countries, the trade names products such as packaged products are termed as trade marks and the trade names of services are termed as service marks.

In India, both are the same and there is no difference in the process of application. You have to mention the class of the service/goods as per the classification given in Trade Marks Act.

Vibha Nath (A)     16 May 2012

Thank you sir. But if an application has been made in tm-i and ar etc, and the services were mentioned therein, can the mark SM be used? or was there a requirement of mentioning the same in the application?

Nagaraja B S (Corporate Commercial & IP Lawyer)     17 May 2012


Mr. Vibanath,

TM office has divided various goods and services in to 45 classes.

35 goods/ products

10 services (including software / legal etc.,)

Yes, you can use SM above your logo. I mostly my advice clients to use SM wherever applicable.

Let me know, if there are any concerns.



Corporate, Commercial & IP Lawyer

IP Lex Global Services


Vibha Nath (A)     17 May 2012

So sir.. from what I understand, there is no need to mention anything to the effect that the application is for a service mark in the application itsellf. Your reply is quite a help.

Vibha Nath (A)     17 May 2012

If you could clarify on this question of mine in the last post also.."So sir.. from what I understand, there is no need to mention anything to the effect that the application is for a service mark in the application itsellf. Your reply is quite a help."

HANSA KASHYAP (--)     17 May 2012

group of persons doing same business, group together can only apply for service mark.

HANSA KASHYAP (--)     17 May 2012

hai VIBHA! so you can have 2 marks, 1. is service mark(given to group of persons who is doing same business) 2. is your own Trade Mark. Bu my sugession is whenever,wherever possible use both marks.

Vibha Nath (A)     17 May 2012

Thanks Hansa.

I request Mr. Nagaraja to give the answer to my query.


Thank you Sir.

Nagaraja B S (Corporate Commercial & IP Lawyer)     17 May 2012



You can see the classification yourself... if you apply for classes 1 - 35 it can be referred to as Trademark

if you apply for any class from 36 - 45, it can be referred to as Servicesmark

In general people understand trademark and servicemark as one, there is not much difference.



Classification of goods and services – Name of the classes

(Parts of an article or apparatus are, in general, classified with the actual article or apparatus, except where such parts constitute articles included in other classes).

Class 1. Chemical used in industry, science, photography, agriculture, horticulture and forestry; unprocessed artificial resins, unprocessed plastics; manures; fire extinguishing compositions; tempering and soldering preparations; chemical substances for preserving foodstuffs; tanning substances; adhesive used in industry

Class 2 . Paints, varnishes, lacquers; preservatives against rust and against deterioration of wood; colorants; mordents; raw natural resins; metals in foil and powder form for painters; decorators; printers and artists

Class 3 . Bleaching preparations and other substances for laundry use; cleaning; polishing; scouring and abrasive preparations; soaps; perfumery, essential oils, cosmetics, hair lotions, dentifrices

Class 4 . Industrial oils and greases; lubricants; dust absorbing, wetting and binding compositions; fuels(including motor spirit) and illuminants; candles, wicks

Class 5 . Pharmaceutical, veterinary and sanitary preparations; dietetic substances adapted for medical use, food for babies; plasters, materials for dressings; materials for stopping teeth, dental wax; disinfectants; preparation for destroying vermin; fungicides, herbicides

Class 6. Common metals and their alloys; metal building materials;

transportable buildings of metal; materials of metal for railway tracks; non-electric cables and wires of common metal; ironmongery, small items of metal hardware; pipes and tubes of metal; safes; goods of common metal not included in other classes; ores

Class 7 . Machines and machine tools; motors and engines (except for land vehicles); machine coupling and transmission components (except for land vehicles); agricultural implements other than hand-operated; incubators for eggs

Class 8 . Hand tools and implements (hand-operated); cutlery; side arms; razors

Class 9 . Scientific, nautical, surveying, electric, photographic, cinematographic, optical, weighing, measuring, signalling, checking (supervision), life saving and teaching apparatus and instruments; apparatus for recording, transmission or reproduction of sound or images; magnetic data carriers, recording discs; automatic vending machines and mechanisms for coin-operated apparatus; cash registers, calculating machines, data processing equipment and computers; fire extinguishing apparatus

Class 10 . Surgical, medical, dental and veterinary apparatus and instruments, artificial limbs, eyes and teeth; orthopaedic articles; suture materials

Class 11 . Apparatus for lighting, heating, steam generating, cooking, refrigerating, drying ventilating, water supply and sanitary purposes

Class 12 . Vehicles; apparatus for locomotion by land, air or water

Class 13 . Firearms; ammunition and projectiles; explosives; fire works

Class 14 . Precious metals and their alloys and goods in precious metals or coated therewith, not included in other classes; jewellery, precious stones; horological and other chronometric instruments

Class 15. Musical instruments

Class 16 . Paper, cardboard and goods made from these materials, not included in other classes; printed matter; bookbinding material; photographs; stationery; adhesives for stationery or household purposes; artists' materials; paint brushes; typewriters and office requisites (except furniture); instructional and teaching material (except apparatus); plastic materials for packaging (not included in other classes); playing cards; printers' type; printing blocks

Class 17 . Rubber, gutta percha, gum, asbestos, mica and goods made from these materials and not included in other classes; plastics in extruded form for use in manufacture; packing, stopping and insulating materials; flexible pipes, not of metal

Class 18 . Leather and imitations of leather, and goods made of these materials and not included in other classes; animal skins, hides, trunks and travelling bags; umbrellas, parasols and walking sticks; whips, harness and saddlery

Class 19 . Building materials, (non-metallic), non-metallic rigid pipes for building; asphalt, pitch and bitumen; non-metallic transportable buildings; monuments, not of metal.

Class 20 . Furniture, mirrors, picture frames; goods(not included in other classes) of wood, cork, reed, cane, wicker, horn, bone, ivory, whalebone, shell, amber, mother- of-pearl, meerschaum and substitutes for all these materials, or of plastics

Class 21 . Household or kitchen utensils and containers(not of precious metal or coated therewith); combs and sponges; brushes(except paints brushes); brush making materials; articles for cleaning purposes; steelwool; unworked or semi-worked glass (except glass used in building); glassware, porcelain and earthenware not included in other classes

Class 22 . Ropes, string, nets, tents, awnings, tarpaulins, sails, sacks and bags (not included in other classes) padding and stuffing materials(except of rubber or plastics); raw fibrous textile materials

Class 23 . Yarns and threads, for textile use

Class 24 . Textiles and textile goods, not included in other classes; bed and table covers.

Class 25 . Clothing, footwear, headgear

Class 26 . Lace and embroidery, ribbons and braid; buttons, hooks and eyes, pins and needles; artificial flowers

Class 27 . Carpets, rugs, mats and matting, linoleum and other materials for covering existing floors; wall hangings(non-textile)

Class 28 . Games and playthings, gymnastic and sporting articles not included in other classes; decorations for Christmas trees

Class 29 . Meat, fish, poultry and game; meat extracts; preserved, dried and cooked fruits and vegetables; jellies, jams, fruit sauces; eggs, milk and milk products; edible oils and fats

Class 30 . Coffee, tea, cocoa, sugar, rice, tapioca, sago, artificial coffee; flour and preparations made from cereals, bread, pastry and confectionery, ices; honey, treacle; yeast, baking powder; salt, mustard; vinegar, sauces, (condiments); spices; ice

Class 31. Agricultural, horticultural and forestry products and grains not included in other classes; live animals; fresh fruits and vegetables; seeds, natural plants and flowers; foodstuffs for animals, malt

Class 32 . Beers, mineral and aerated waters, and other non-alcoholic drinks; fruit drinks and fruit juices; syrups and other preparations for making beverages

Class 33 .Alcoholic beverages(except beers)

Class 34 . Tobacco, smokers' articles, matches



Class 35 .Advertising, business management, business administration, office functions.

Class 36 .Insurance, financial affairs; monetary affairs; real estate affairs.

Class 37 . Building construction; repair; installation services.

Class 38. Telecommunications.

Class 39. Transport; packaging and storage of goods; travel arrangement.

Class 40. Treatment of materials.

Class 41. Education; providing of training; entertainment; sporting and cultural activities.

Class 42. Scientific and technological services and research and design relating thereto; industrial analysis and research services; design and development of computer hardware and software.

Class 43. Services for providing food and drink; temporary accommodation.

Class 44. Medical services, veterinary services, hygienic and beauty care for human beings or animals; agriculture, horticulture and forestry services.

Class 45. Legal services; security services for the protection of property and individuals; personal and social services rendered by others to meet the needs of individuals.


Let me know, if there are any concerns.



Corporate, Commercial & IP Lawyer

IP Lex Global Services


Vibha Nath (A)     18 May 2012

Sir I am aware of this classification. But my question is only whether this thing has to be specifically mentioned in the Application one makes that the same is for service mark?

Or does it automatically mean that one is applying for an SM when one applies for registration for services?



Nagaraja B S (Corporate Commercial & IP Lawyer)     18 May 2012

No need to mention anything.. It i a technical understanding... If you have good knowledge you understand how to differentiate between Servicemark and Trademark

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