Trademark Frequently Asked Questions

What is a proper specimen for use of a mark on goods (products)?

This information is needed when you apply to register your trademark.  Usually, a specimen for a mark used on goods shows the actual goods, or labeling or packaging of the goods.  For example, your specimen may be a tag or label displaying the mark, or a photograph showing the mark on the goods or packaging. The specimen may not be a “mock-up” of these items but must be a sample of what you actually use.  An example of an acceptable specimen for the mark “T.MARKEY” used on t-shirts is shown below.  Usually, for t-shirts and clothing, the specimen for the mark must be on a tag of the shirt as shown below, rather than printed on the shirt itself.  When you request to register your trademark through Trademarkia, an attorney representing you can assist you in determining what an acceptable specimen is.  Click here to get started in applying for your trademark through Trademarkia.

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