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First-Class Mail is a first class trademark

Ever thought how government agencies, the military and the post office protect their names, taglines and service slogans? Well, it turns out they do just what all commercial customers do. They trademark them. So don’t try create your own international mail service, or even local priority service, or even some special shipping materials, and use the words “First-Class Mail”.

Yes, the US Post Office holds a number of registered trademarks on the usage of “First Class Mail”. Here is the first one, where they register it as the service we expect:

Typed Drawing


Word Mark FIRST-CLASS MAIL
Goods and Services IC 039. US 105. G & S: DELIVERY SERVICES-NAMELY, DELIVERY OF LETTERS AND GOODS BY MAIL. FIRST USE: 18630701. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 18630701
Mark Drawing Code (1) TYPED DRAWING
Serial Number 73001311
Filing Date September 18, 1973
Current Basis 1A
Original Filing Basis 1A
Registration Number 1094739
Registration Date June 27, 1978
Owner (REGISTRANT) UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE FEDERAL AGENCY UNITED STATES 475 L’ENFANT PLAZA W., SW. WASHINGTON D.C. 20260
Attorney of Record Sandra A. Riley
Disclaimer THE TERM “MAIL” IS DISCLAIMED APART FROM THE MARK AS SHOWN.
Type of Mark SERVICE MARK
Register PRINCIPAL
Affidavit Text SECT 15. SECT 8 (6-YR). SECTION 8(10-YR) 20080707.
Renewal 2ND RENEWAL 20080707
Live/Dead Indicator LIVE

In the USA they continue to provide phenomenal service at a great price. Let’s hope they can find a way out of their massive deficit dilemma as well all cut back drastically on sending letters and statements the old “snail mail”way.

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