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

October 2017 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.  The website is merely the means by which the entertainment services are provided. "Providing a website" does not itself indicate a definite or classifiable service. Instead, one of the following may be appropriate:

If the services comprise an "online game:"

  • "Entertainment services, namely, providing an on-line computer game, in Class 41."
  • "Providing a computer game for use network-wide by network users, in Class 41."

If the services involve chat rooms: "Providing on-line 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: "Provision of information relating to electronic computer games provided via the Internet, 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 consist of providing a particular online show webcasted over the Internet: "Entertainment services, namely, providing webcasts in the field of {indicate field or subject matter}, in Class 41."