TMEP 1301.01: What Is a Service?

October 2017 Edition of the TMEP

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1301.01    What Is a Service?

A service mark can only be registered for activities that constitute services as contemplated by the Trademark Act. 15 U.S.C. §§1051, 1052, 1053, and 1127.  The Trademark Act defines the term "service mark," but it does not define what constitutes a service.  Many activities are obviously services (e.g., dry cleaning, banking, shoe repairing, transportation, and house painting).