Is trademark specimen the same as trademark drawing?

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Written by Jan Buza

Co-founder of Trama

No, trademark specimens and trademark drawings are two separate things. A trademark drawing is a visual representation of your trademark as it appears when used on goods or in connection with services. It visually represents your trademark to the USPTO.

A trademark specimen is an example of how your trademark is used to label your goods/services. A picture of a product or packaging bearing the trademark or a website screenshot bearing the trademark are common examples of trademark specimens. So, a specimen is not just the picture of the mark itself; it has to show how the mark is used in connection with the goods/services you applied for in your trademark application.

When assessing your specimens, the USPTO will also examine whether the mark displayed in your specimen matches the trademark drawing.

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