TMEP 1402.11(a)(vii): Computer Entertainment Services

This is the October 2015 Edition of the TMEP

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1402.11(a)(vii)    Computer Entertainment Services

Generally, entertainment services are classified in Class 41. However, the type of entertainment activity the applicant is conducting must be specified. Therefore, the wording “providing a website featuring entertainment” is not acceptable. Instead, one of the following may be appropriate:

If the services comprise an “online game:”

  • “Entertainment services, namely, providing a multiple-user online computer game, in Class 41.”
  • “Providing a computer game that may be accessed network-wide by network users, in Class 41.”

If the services involve “chat rooms:” “Providing online chat rooms for transmission of messages among computer users concerning {indicate field or subject of chat room}, in Class 38.”

If the services involve providing information: “Providing information in the field of computer gaming entertainment via a website, in Class 41.” See TMEP §1402.11(b).

If the services involve providing non-downloadable videos: “Providing a website featuring non-downloadable videos in the field of {indicate field or subject matter of videos}, in Class 41.”

If the services involve providing a website from which a user can receive “webcasted” transmissions over the Internet: “Broadcasting {indicate radio programs, television programs, multimedia programs, etc.} via the Internet, in Class 38.”

If the services consist of providing a particular online show “webcasted” over the Internet: “Entertainment, namely a continuing {indicate type, e.g., variety, news, comedy} show broadcasted over the Internet, in Class 41.”