Specimen Requirements

Specimens are required:

  1. Applications based on use
  2. Filing an allegation of use or statement of use
  3. Filing a use affidavit (Section 8)
  4. Filing a renewal application (Section 9)

One (1) specimen (evidence) showing use of the mark in the United States commerce for each class of goods/services listed in the application or registration. The specimen(s) must clearly show use of the mark with the specific goods and/or services. For word marks, it must be the word that is shown. For design/logo marks, it must be that specific logo form.

Specimens may be in the nature of:

  • For goods:  labels showing the mark which are placed on or in connection with the goods and/or packaging of the goods; photographs of the mark as it appears on or in connection with the goods and/or packaging of the goods.
  • For services:  brochures or advertisements showing the mark as used in connection with the services; and/or web pages, or similar marketing materials showing the mark as used in connection with the services.

Specimens may not be:

  • Artist renderings, mock up’s, Photoshop or InDesign creations
  • Business cards, letter head, envelopes, contracts, etc.

The specimens should be provided to us in JPG or PDF format with the total file size less than 2MB.