TMEP 1402.11(a)(viii): Computer Design and Development Services

This is the October 2015 Edition of the TMEP

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1402.11(a)(viii)    Computer Design and Development Services

Generally, these services are in Class 42. It is important to remember that these services must be performed for the benefit of others. If an applicant is developing its own software, it is not engaging in a recognized service. (See TMEP §§1301.01 et seq. regarding activities that do not constitute services.) If the services are identified as “computer design and development services,” the specimens must show that the applicant provides these services for other parties. Some acceptable identifications are:

  • “Computer software design and development services for others, in Class 42.”
  • “Computer services, namely, creating and maintaining websites for others, in Class 42.”
  • “Duplication of computer programs, in Class 42.”