What is a Trademark Specimen?
Submitting a trademark specimen is a required element of trademark registration. The trademark specimen is an actual example of the mark being used in commerce or in connection with offered goods and/or services. A proper trademark specimen submittal for goods would be evidence showing the mark on the actual goods themselves or on the packaging containing the goods. Advertisements clearly displaying a particular mark would be a good specimen submittal for trademarks involved with services. When filing a trademark registration based on a mark that is currently being used in commerce, a trademark specimen is required to be submitted with rest of the application. If filing a trademark application with the intent to use the trademark eventually, the trademark specimen must still be submitted later when filing the “Allegation of Use.”