Is a business card a proper specimen of use?

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Written by Jan Buza

Co-founder of Trama

A business card can serve as a specimen of use for services (classes 35-45) but not goods (classes 1-34). And even for services, business cards tend to get refused because they often don't meet all the requirements. Usually, they lack a proper reference to the applied-for services, a crucial criterion that any service specimen must meet.

Therefore, we usually recommend that our clients submit a screenshot of their website or their advertising materials for services instead since they will naturally include a proper service description.

If you want to see examples of recommended specimens for services, you can browse our Specimen guide.

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