TMEP 1301.04(h)(iv): Common Forms of Specimens for Modern Technology-Related Services

This is the October 2015 Edition of the TMEP

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1301.04(h)(iv)    Common Forms of Specimens for Modern Technology-Related Services

As noted above, an applicant may submit a specimen that shows the mark as used in rendering the services. These specimens are often submitted in connection with modern technology-related services, and common types are discussed below.

For specimens showing use of the mark in rendering the services, an explicit, textual reference to the services or their trade, industry, or field of use is not necessary, but an indication of the services sufficient to establish direct association between the mark and the services is required. The examining attorney must refuse the specimen if neither the specimen itself nor the description of the specimen provides sufficient information to decipher the nature of the services, determine the manner of use, and assess whether the necessary mark-services association exists. See TMEP §1301.04(g)(i).