Can a trademark specimen get rejected?

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Written by Tomas Orsula

Senior Trademark Attorney

Yes, your specimen can be rejected if it doesn't meet all of USPTO's requirements. You can find the list in the question What requirements does a trademark specimen have to meet?.

However, if that happens, you can submit a substitute specimen. The USPTO examiner will describe the reasons for rejecting your specimen in the office action. You can use this information to prepare a new specimen.

If you are unsure if you are satisfying all requirements, you can consult your specimen with a trademark attorney.

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