What is a Trademark Specimen?


In order to register your trademark with the USPTO, you will need to submit a specimen. You may have heard this term or read about it, but what exactly does it mean? Also, what is the proper way to submit a specimen for a trademark application?

First of all, a specimen is “an actual example” of your mark being used in commerce or with the identified goods or services. This is more than a drawing of your mark.

For trademarks used with goods, a specimen is an example of the mark with the actual product or packaging. This includes tags or labels, containers, displays, or simply a photograph of the product bearing the mark. Invoices, brochures, and other documents are generally not acceptable forms of specimens for goods. However, such materials may be sufficient for service mark specimens.

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